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Welcome to Year 6

What does Y6 have in store?

What are Y6 SATS?

At the end of Y6, in the month of May, all Y6 children across England sit national tests in Reading, Maths and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (GPS). These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are 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.

KS2 Reading test:

The reading test is a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. Your child will have an hour, including reading time, to complete the test. There will be a selection of question types, including: - ranking/ordering, for example, ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’ - Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy a word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’ - Short constructed response, for example: ‘What does the bear eat?’ They will also have longer answers that they need to construct; these require the children to provide multiples points to achieve the marks.

KS2 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test: 

The GPS test consists 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 includes two sub-types of questions:

  • Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives’
  • Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.

The spelling test will be based upon the spelling rules that they have learnt not just in Y6, but all through the school.

KS2 Maths tests:

The children sit three papers in maths: Paper 1 (arithmetic, 30 minutes), Papers 2 and 3 (reasoning, 40 minutes each). Paper 1 consists of fixed response questions (children have to give correct answers to calculations). Papers 2 and 3 involve question types including multiple choice. A thorough knowledge and instant recall of their times tables will help them in these papers.

KS2 Science tests: 

Not all children in Y6 will take science SATs. However, in selected years a number of schools (around 1900) take part in science sampling, a test administered to a sample of children representative of the population as a whole. The three papers (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) are each 25 minutes long.

Do all children have to take SATs?

In England, the tests are compulsory for all seven year olds (KS1 SATs in Y2) and 11 year olds (KS2 SATs in Y6).

How are the SATS marked?

The tests are collected and marked externally. Schools receive the tests results through electronically in July, and at Oaklands, we will report the results to parents inside the school report. Children are given scaled scores and details of whether they’ve reached the expected standard. The scaled scores for the KS2 test range between 80 (the lowest possible scaled score) and 120 (the highest possible scaled score). The expected standard for each test is a scaled score of 100 or more.

How do I help my child prepare for the SATS?

We work supportively and encouragingly with the children so that they are not worried about sitting the tests. In fact, many of our past pupils have said how much they loved SATs Week – daily, yummy breakfasts with their friends and tasty snacks on tap may have influenced their thoughts, but it’s great to know that we make the week as relaxing as possible.

Whilst we will ensure that the children are prepared and supported in school, there are many ways that you can help at home. There are past SATs papers available online so that your child can familiarise themselves with the length and layout of the papers. It’s also imperative that your child practices their spellings and times tables regularly, reads frequently, gets a good night sleep every night and comes to school punctually with a good breakfast inside them, ready to face each day with a smile on their face.

For access to past SATS papers, please click on the link below.


Our Y6 Curriculum and year end expectations

Y6 Dip 'N' Do Homework

  • For each half term, we have set 6 activities covering different areas of the curriculum. Children can then pick the activity that most inspires them and motivates them, or that aligns with the current learning - they have the freedom to 'get creative' and are encouraged to share their 'dip and do' in class.
  • Our aim is to make homework fun and engaging! Homework is an extension of our rich and varied new curriculum and these activities are designed to encourage the following and headings may include over the year :

Get observing          Get making          Get thinking          Get creative

Get reading          Get writing          Get inventing          Get researching

Get fit          Get sketching          Get arty          Get visiting          Get talking

  • We will also include online learning using areas such as DB primary (our safe and secure platform), Times Tables Rocks Stars, Spelling Frame activities and Bug Club - we expect all children to READ, READ, READ, READ AND READ SOME MORE!
  • Please do print off a copy as needed; if there are any issues with the links, please contact our admin team. If you would like any of these emailed, do get in touch - we would be delighted to email them to you. Enjoy and have fun dipping and doing!

Helpful resources to support Your Y6 child with handwriting, spelling and grammar

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