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What are SATs?

In England, National Curriculum tests or SATs are compulsory for all 7 and 11 year olds.

This academic year the Standards and Testing Agency is changing the tests your child will take in May 2016 so that they assess the new national curriculum, introduced in 2014.

What are SATs?

SATs is short for Standard Assessment Tests. They are designed to help parents and teachers learn more about their child’s strengths and weaknesses in Reading, Maths, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation. This year a sample group of schools will participate in the Science test. We will inform parents if Highlees has been identified to participate in the sample group.  Children are tested on what they have been learning at school as assess the new national curriculum.

At the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) children will be assessed on English grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPaS), Maths and Reading. These tests are designed to enable pupils to demonstrate their attainment and are not strictly timed since the ability to work at pace is not part of the process.  Phonic knowledge will continue to be assessed with the Phonics Screening.


  Component Description No of Marks Approx Time
GPaS Paper 1: Spelling Spelling (20 Words) 20 15 Minutes
  Paper 2: Questions Grammer, punctuation and vocabulary 20 20 Minutes
English Paper 1: English Reading Test Reading booklet with reading questions and answer space combined (a selection of texts, 400-700 words) 20 30 Minutes
  Paper 2: English Reading Test Reading Booklet and separate answer booklet (a selection of texts, 800-1100 words) 20 20 Minutes
Maths Paper 1: Arithmetic Assessed Pupils' confidence & mathematical fluency with whole numbers, place value & counting 25 20 Minutes
  Paper 2: Mathematical Reasoning Mathematical fluency, solving mathematical problems and mathematical reasoning 35 35 Minutes


  Componet Description No. of Marks Approx Time
GPaS Paper 1: Questions Grammer, punctuationand vocabulary 50 45 Minutes
  Part 2: Spelling Spelling (20 words) 20 15 Minutes (not strictly timed)
English Paper 1: English Reading Test Reading booklet and seperate answer booklet (a selection of texts, 1500-2300 words) 50 60 Minutes (incl reading time)
Maths Paper 1: Arithmetic


Assess pupils' confidence with a range of mathematical operatiosn

40 30 Minutes
  Paper 2 and 3: Mathematical Reasoning Mathematical fluency, solving mathemical problems and mathematical reasoning

70 Overall

35 Per Paper

80 Minutes

40 Minutes Per Paper

Science Sampling Test Paper b Questions in a biology context 22 25 Minutes
  Test Paper c Questions in a chemistry context 22 25 Minutes
  Test Paper p Questions in a physics context 22 25 Minutes

Throughout Year 6 your child will have the opportunity to practise answering the types of questions they may be presented with during a test using model papers.

Teacher assessment is used to judge children's performance in a subject over a longer period of time. The results of teacher assessment are equally important, as a teacher may feel your child is doing better in a subject as a whole than in the parts of it covered by a test.

More information is available on the DfE website:

When do SATs tests take place?

In Key Stage 1 there is no set week for the tests to take place, but all assessments must be completed and collated by the end of May 2016.

Key Stage 2 SATs are always in May. This year the formal tests will take place during the week beginning 9th May 2016.

Your child’s class teacher will continue to assess your child’s progress and attainment throughout the year.

When will you know how well your child has done?

This information is sent out to parents in your child’s report at the end of the school year.

In addition, you will receive regular updates about your child’s progress throughout the school year. You are very welcome to seek updates from your child’s class teacher throughout the year.

What level should my child achieve?

The move to scaled scores rather than levels will be implemented from 2016. Scaled scores are used all over the world.  The score 100 will always represent the ‘national standard’ – the expected attainment. Therefore we are aiming for all pupils to achieve a score of 100+

How does this link with the Step Assessment System at Eyrescroft?

Year 2 – Step 2:5 – Step 2x1 (Age Related Expectations / Secure by the end of the academic year)

Year 6 – Step 6:5 – Step 6x1 (Age Related Expectations / Secure by the end of the academic year)

Your child receives a report card 5 times a year enabling you to track their progress towards achieving age related expectations.

How can I help my child at home?

  • It is important to be calm and relaxed about SATs. The more you worry, the more anxious your child will become.
  • Regular attendance and arriving at school on time.
  • Completion of homework
  • Read regularly with your child
  • Appropriate bedtimes help your child have a good night’s sleep and they are ready to learn the following day.
  • Attend parents evening and information sessions.
  • Speak to your child’s class teacher if you have any concerns.

Please click on the documents below to see our End of  Stage SATS results over the last three years.‚Äč