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SATs 2016

YEAR 6 SATs 2016 


SATs will take place from Monday 9th May to Friday 13th May 2016
Y6 will be the first children to take the new SATs papers that will reflect the new English and Maths curriculum
They are intended to be more rigorous
Children are tested in Reading, Maths and Spelling, Punctuation in Grammar.
There will be a new marking scheme to replace national curriculum levels




Reading Test


• The reading test will provisionally be a single paper with questions based on one 800-word text and two passages of 300 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.’ 










  • 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.’ 





Maths Test


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.