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SATs 2020

SATs for Year 6 pupils will take place between Monday 11th May and Thursday 14th May 2020.


In the summer term of 2020, children in Year 6 will take their SATs papers. These tests in English and Maths reflect the National Curriculum, and test children on their learning across the whole of their time in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 -6). 


At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in:


English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Tests

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test will consist of two parts: Paper 1 - a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and Paper 2 - an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.

The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:

  • Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’
  • Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.


English Reading Test

The reading test will consist of a single paper with questions based on upon 3 texts made up of between 1,500 and 2,100 words.

Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.

There will be a selection of question types, including:

  • Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’
  • Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’
  • Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’
  • Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
  • Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.


Mathematics Tests

Children will sit three papers in Maths:

  • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes (written).
  • Papers 2 and 3: mathematical fluency, solving problems and reasoning, 40 minutes per paper.


Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:

  • Multiple choice
  • True or false
  • Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart
  • Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem.


These tests will be both set and marked externally, and the results will be used to measure your child’s progress and the school’s performance. Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.


The timetable for the 2020 Key Stage 2 SATs is below.

Monday 11th May 2020 Tuesday 12th May 2020 Wednesday 13th May 2020 Thursday 14th May 2020

English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions

English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling

English Reading

Mathematics Paper 1: Arithmetic

Mathematics Paper 2: Reasoning

Mathematics Paper 3: Reasoning