The 2017
Year 6 SATS

What Year 6 parents need to know about the 2017 Year 6 SATS

In the summer term of 2017, children in Year 2 and Year 6 will be the first to take the new SATs papers. These tests in English and Maths will reflect the new national curriculum which started in September 2014, and are intended to be more rigorous. There will also be a completely new marking scheme to replace the existing national curriculum levels.

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

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

These tests will be both set and marked externally, and the results will be used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.

Key Stage 2 Reading

The reading test will be a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. 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.’

Key Stage 2 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test will consist of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and 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.’

Key Stage 2 Maths

Children will sit three papers in maths:

  • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes
  • Papers 2 and 3: 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

Key Stage 2 Science

Not all children in Year 6 will take science SATs. However, a number of schools will be required to take part in science sampling: a test administered to a selected sample of children thought to be representative of the population as a whole. (Monday 5 to Friday 16 June is the science sampling test period in which your child might sit the tests.) For those who are selected, there will be three papers:

  • Biology: 25 minutes, 22 marks
  • Chemistry: 25 minutes, 22 marks
  • Physics: 25 minutes, 22 marks

For example:

Biology: ‘Describe the differences in the life cycle of an amphibian and a mammal’

Chemistry: ‘Group a list of materials according to whether they are solid, liquid or gas’

Physics: ‘Predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, based on where the poles are facing’

When will KS2 SATs take place in 2017?

The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 8 May 2017.

How will Key Stage 2 SATs be marked?

The previous national curriculum levels have been scrapped, and instead children will be given scaled scores. You will be given your child’s raw score (the actual number of marks they get), alongside their scaled score and whether they have reached the national average. The score needed to reach the national average has yet to be announced.

Are there any practice papers for 2016 SATs?

The DfE has released one set of sample papers for the new SATs. You can also access our current free Year 6 SATs papers here; these relate to the old SATs, so the content and format of the new papers will be different, but they are still useful to help your child familiarise themselves with exam technique.

SATS Attainment Results

As a parent you will naturally be interested in how well Littleton Green is performing as a School in relation to government strategy and targets set for the primary school sector.

For those parents familiar with the Key Stages and levels of attainment, the following table briefly summarises the key attainment results against the current Department for Education and Skills targets for Key Stage 2 for the last five years.

DfE School Performance Tables


Government information that supports this data states that schools with a progress score of 0 are performing roughly in line with other schools nationally. A negative score means that schools are performing below other schools nationally and a positive score means that schools are performing better than other schools nationally. Therefore, if can be concluded that our school is performing slightly above other schools nationally.

Percentage achieving Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths


Percentage of pupils who have improved by 2 or more levels in reading, writing and maths.
All pupils
Low attainers
Middle attainers
High attainers
Pupils making at least 2 levels of progress in reading
Pupils making at least 2 levels of progress in writing TA
Pupils making at least 2 levels of progress in maths
Percentage of pupils who achieved level 5 or above in reading, writing and maths
Reading Test
Maths Test
Grammar, Punctuatio
Writing TA
Percentage achieving Level 5 or above


For those parents unfamiliar with the approach to assessment, the following brief information is provided to help you understand the tables.

Currently at primary school level the main attainment indicator is based upon the results of the national tests (the Standard Assessment Tests or SATS) undertaken at Key Stage 2 as part of the national curriculum. Key Stage 2 covers school years 3 to 6 and age ranges 7 to 11 and the tests cover English, Mathematics and Science.

Progress of an individual child at for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 is measured against a series of eight levels that reference your child's work compared to pupils of the same age throughout the country. For Key Stage 2 the expected level for most children is Level 4. To get a level four in the tests children need to answer correctly approximately half of the questions. Some children will exceed national expectations for 11 year olds and attain a Level 5. To get this level in the tests children will need to answer about 75% of the questions correctly.

The National Curriculum Online web site that provides more detailed information about each subject area, statutory guidelines, attainment targets and the description of the levels against which attainment is measured.

For more information about the national curriculum and the key stages and assessments, you can also follow this link to:
Key Stage Tests provided by DirectGov (web site of the UK Government).

School Performance 2015/2016

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