St George's CE Primary School

Year 6 SATs 2022

Due to the pandemic the statutory testing was cancelled in both 2020 and 2021.  We await further information as to what changes may be in place for 2022.  

In the summer term, children in Year 6 have historically taken the SATs papers. These tests in English and maths will reflect the national curriculum, and are intended to be more rigorous. 

At the end of Year 6, children have sat tests in:

  • Reading 
  • Maths 
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

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

Further details for the government's plans for testing for 2022 will be published in the Autumn term 2021


Key Stage 2 Reading                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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.’ 


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 a 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 Writing                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 Year 6 children do not sit a Writing paper, but are teacher assessed on a range of genres written in class.  Each piece must meet set expectations in order that the child is considered to be working 'At Expected'.  These assessments are regularly moderated by the Local Authority.


Key Stage 2 maths                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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


When will KS2 SATs take place in 2020?                                                                                                                                                                  

 The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 9 May 2022. 


How will Key Stage 2 SATs be marked?                                                                                                                                                                   

The old system of national curriculum levels is now no longer used, after the department of education abolished it in Summer 2015. Instead, children will be given scaled scores. You will be given your child’s score, alongside the average for their school, the local area and nationally. There will also be a ‘performance descriptor’ of the expected standard for Key Stage 2 pupils. The Department for Education is aiming for 85 per cent of children to reach or exceed that standard.