SATS 2021 - 22 guidance
Across the year, there are several key dates when we will be carrying out statutory testing in school. It is extremely important that your children attend well across the year, but even more so during these periods of statutory testing.
Year 6 SATs 2021-22
SATs Tests for Year 6 pupils will take place between Monday - Friday in May (dates yet to be confirmed).
Information below regarding papers is unconfirmed. However, this is based on the order from the 2019 SATs.
Monday May: English grammar, punctuation and spelling (papers 1 and 2)
Tuesday May: English reading
Wednesday May: Maths
- Mathematics (Paper 1 – Arithmetic)
- Mathematics (Paper 2 – Reasoning)
Thursday May: Mathematics (Paper 3 – Reasoning)
As with the KS1 tests, writing will be teacher assessed against the Interim Assessment Framework for KS2.
In the summer term of 2021, children in Year 2 and Year 6 will take the new SATs papers. These tests in English and Maths will reflect the new national curriculum, and are intended to be more rigorous. There will also be the new marking scheme to replace the old national curriculum levels.
At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in:
- Spelling, punctuation and grammar
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.
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 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 (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.
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. 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
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 standardised 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.
Are there any sample papers?
Yes - The Government produced sample papers with mark schemes in June 2015. You can have a look at them by visiting: