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Year 6 did it!!

Everyone at school would like to say a MASSIVE well done to all our brilliant Year 6 children who took their SATs tests last week! Every single child tried their absolute best and worked their socks off in what turned out to be challenging tests. We will find out the children's results on Tuesday 5th July. Please do not hesitate to contact one of us in school if you have any queries about the tests or the results procedure.

Year 6 Condover Hall Information 2016

Please visit the link below for information on our Year 6 residential 2016 to Condover Hall.

Year 6 National Tests

On 9th May 2016, children in Year 2 and Year 6 will be the first to 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 a completely new marking scheme to replace the existing national curriculum levels.

In Year 6, children will sit tests in:

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

These tests will be both set and marked externally, and the results will be used to measure the school’s performance and give secondary schools an indication of the ability of pupils they are receiving in September 2016. Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.


The reading test will be a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. 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.’

The Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation tests (SPaG)

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.’

Please note, writing will be assessed by the teacher against a strict criteria set out by the government. For more information on the criteria for writing assessment, please follow the link below:



Children will sit three papers in maths:

  • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes
  • Papers 2 and 3: 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.

Throughout the course of the year, we have held numerous information meetings with regards to the upcoming National Assessments. If you were unable to attend, please find futher information below:



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