Year 6 SATs


All year 6 pupils throughout England and Wales have to do Standard Assessment Tasks (SAT’s) in math and English to assess their level of learning at the end of key stage 2.

This will be taking place week beginning 14th May 2018. Please see the timetable below:-


Date Test
Monday 14th May Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation Test Spelling Test
Tuesday 15th May Reading Test
Wednesday 16th May Maths Arithmetic paper 1

Maths Reasoning paper 2

Thursday 17th May Maths Reasoning paper 3


These tests will be both set and marked externally, and the results will be used to measure the school’s performance.


How you can help your child at home?


Learning is a shared partnership between school and home, therefore your help is vital! Below are some suggestions of how you can help your child at home.


Parents and guardians should begin preparing their child at home, by doing short tasks and practise papers. Try to plan evenings when you are not too tired and will have few interruptions. This will allow both you and your child to concentrate and not feel too pressured. Make this experience as positive as possible, and give lots of praise and treats for both of you, (yes you read correctly, you need a treat as well!) when achievements have been made, as success breeds success!


We are working very hard in school to make sure your child does the best that they can in the tests. However, it is important to recognise that children may not do well if they feel under too much pressure. For the individual child it is important they learn from the experience: –

  • What went well?
  • What did I do that meant I was successful?
  • What could I have done differently to make it even better?


Other things which you can do are:-

  1. Buy practice papers and other homework books – WH Smith have a wide selection (these can also be found for free on line – just search for key stage 2 SATs papers).
  2. Set a regular quiet time for homework – half an hour per evening is a good start.
  3. Read with your child at home.
  4. Ask your child what they have learnt about at school. Discuss the notes they have made in their learning journal.
  5. Ensure that your child does any homework given by their class teacher 6. Check your child’s progress – make sure your child responds to any comments written by their class teacher.
  6. Ask your child about their thoughts and feelings. Discuss any fears and doubts with them and give reassurance and confidence to do their best. Praise your child for all they have achieved so far.
  7. Talk to friends and relatives whose children have done SAT’s tests in the past.
  8. Ensure your child goes to bed at a regular and reasonable time – as the workload will increase and they need to keep up with the pace at school
  9. Ensure that your child eats their breakfast – especially during the week of the tests.


If you have any questions or queries about the SATs, no matter how big or small, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Laughton or myself.


Thank you for your continued support!






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