What are Year 6 SATs?
SATs is the common abbreviation for Standard Assessment Tests which are also referred to as National Curriculum Tests. These tests are used to show how each child is progressing compared with other children. They are taken at the end of School Years 2 & 6.
KEY STAGE 1
The SATs for Key Stage 1 take place throughout May in Year 2 (at the end of infants’ school). Each child is assessed by a teacher in reading, writing (including spelling and handwriting), maths (including number, shape, space and measurement) and science. The class teacher sets short pieces of work in English and maths to judge each child’s ability.
KEY STAGE 2
The Key Stage 2 SATs are more formal than the assessments used at Key Stage 1 and consist of a combination of tests and teacher assessments. The tests taken in Year 6 cover the three core subjects, English (reading, writing including handwriting, and spelling), maths and science. These tests are taken on set days in mid-May and are designed to test pupils’ knowledge and understanding. Depending on which tests individual children sit, the tests take between four and seven and half hours to complete. The teacher assessment covers English, maths and science and is moderated by the local authority.