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SATs Information

Information for parents - assessment results at the end of key stage 1

Key Stage 1 tests 2019-2020


The KS1 SATs are due to be administered in May 2020.


Unlike KS2 SATs, KS1 SATs don't have to be administered according to a nationally-set timetable in a specific week. Schools are free to manage the timetable and will aim to administer the tests in the classroom in a low-stress, low-key way; some children won't even be aware they've taken them!


Please find below a video explaining the KS1 SATs and parent information leaflet.

KS1 SATs Parent Information 2018.mp4

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Phonics Screening Check for Year 1 children in 2020

The phonics screening check for Year 1 children will take place week commencing Monday 8th June 2020.

KS2 SATs 2019-2020


SATs Tests for Year 6 pupils will take place between Monday 11th May and Thursday 14th May 2020.

In the summer term of 2020, children in Year 2 and Year 6 will take their 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 a completely new marking scheme to replace the existing national curriculum levels.

At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in:

    • English Reading
    • English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
    • Mathematics

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.


Click on the following image to watch a short video aimed at parents to give outline information about the new national curriculum tests for Key Stage 2.


Here are the dates for when the National KS2 SATs will take place in May 2020.


Here is the timetable for KS2 SAT week 2020 with a video explaining KS2 SATs below that.





English grammar, punctuation and spelling test

Paper 1: short answer questions (45 minutes)

Paper 2: spelling (15 minutes)

Monday 11th May

English reading test

Paper 1: Reading comprehension (60 minutes)

Tuesday 12th May


Paper 1: arithmetic (30 minutes)

Paper 2: reasoning (40 minutes)

Wednesday 13th May


Paper 3: reasoning (40 minutes)

Thursday 14th May



KS2 SATs Parent Information 2018.mp4

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Key Stage 2 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.’


Key Stage 2 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Tests

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 Mathematics Tests

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 Tests

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. (Monday 8th to Friday 19th June is the science sampling test period in which your child might sit the tests). 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


Phonics Screening Check for Year 1 children in 2020

The phonics screening check for Year 1 children will take place week commencing Monday 8th June 2020.


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