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Year 6 SATs information

Year 6 SATs will take place during the week starting May 13th 2024

Date Test
Monday 13th May 2024 Grammar & Punctuation test - 45 minutes
Spelling Test - 20 minutes
Tuesday 14th May 2024 English Reading Test - 60 minutes
Wednesday 15th May 2024 Maths Arithmetic (Paper 1) - 30 minutes
Maths Reasoning (Paper 2) - 40 minutes
Thursday 16th May 2024 Maths Reasoning (Paper 3) - 40 minutes

 What are SATs?

SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) are tests taken to assess the progress of a child’s learning in English and Maths.

SATs allow teachers to learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of each child in their class. Plus, the assessments also allow teachers to compare each child with other children in their class and with their peers across the country.

Also, SATs are also used by local authorities and the Department for Education to identify schools that are struggling or performing well.

In Leighton Buzzard, the Upper Schools use SATs test results to set pupils in English and Maths when they go to Upper School in Year 9.

When are Year 6 SATs Results released?

Although the SATs dates for 2024 are in May, the test results are not released until towards the end of the summer term. This is because even though the SATs tests are taken within the classroom, they are marked externally.

Once the results have been returned, parents are given a report that shows their child’s raw score (the actual number of marks they got), their scaled score (which allows for comparison with all other children across the country who took the same test), and whether or not they have achieved the national standard.

Helping children prepare for SATs

Teachers will often use past SATs practice papers to help children in their class prepare for their assessments. Taking these practice papers and learning about the questions that have been asked previously will help children feel more comfortable with the exams that they’re about to take.

As a parent there is a lot you can do to help your child prepare for their exams before the SATs test dates come around in May. As well as helping them complete their homework throughout the year, you can help your child revise for their SATs as it gets closer to Year 6 SATs week. Helping them revise little and often is much better than stressing them out with long revision sessions.

It’s important to make sure that you don’t place too much pressure on your child. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your child will be, which means they are likely to perform better during SATs week.

If you need some help doing revision with your child, then you can speak with your child's teacher to find out how best to help them revise. They will take you through everything that your child needs to know before Year 6 SATs week in May 2024.

What SATs papers do children take?

Children take the same Year 6 SATs paper type every year, and they always take the papers in the same order.

On the first day of Year 6 SATs dates for 2024, children will take two SATs English papers. These are the English Spag Paper 1, which focuses on short answer questions, and English Spag Paper 2, which is a spelling test. On the second day of SATs, they will take the English Reading Paper, which will conclude their English tests.

On the third day of SATs week, children take two Maths SATs papers. These are Mathematics Arithmetic (Paper 1) and Mathematics Reasoning (Paper 2).

On the fourth day of SATs week, children take their final SATs paper: Mathematics Reasoning (Paper 3).

Year 6 SATs letter for parents 23_04_24.pdf
Year 6 collapsed timetable for week beginning 29th April 2024.pdf


SATs and relaxation are two concepts that don’t exactly go hand-in-hand.

The pressure to do well can dampen the enjoyment of learning for all children, regardless of ability, and can induce anxiety and feelings of failure. This is why teachers underline the importance of taking time out to rest when children are studying for SATs.

From sporting activities to listening to music, there are many ways you can help your child relax. Try these top 10 stress busters:

  1. Just as important as agreeing a set time for your child to do revision each day is setting aside some time for your child to unwind and participate in activities they enjoy. So schedule regular breaks, which will help to motivate them.
  2. Especially important to your child’s ability to relax and get a decent night’s sleep is ensuring that they stop doing work at least an hour and a half before bedtime, otherwise their mind will be too active for sleep.
  3. As well as a comfortable study area stocked with stationery, set up a comfortable relaxation area, too. It can be filled with cushions and soft fabrics, with music and incense, and favourite toys and books.
  4. Take your child on plenty of walks during their breaks. They help stimulate the mind and a blast of air will really refresh their brain cells.
  5. Listen to your child’s worries and anxieties and encourage them to be open with you. Plenty of hugs, reassurance and positive encouragement will go a long way to helping them to relax.
  6. Help them to unwind at bedtime with plenty of relaxing bubble baths, soothing music and fun bedtime stories.
  7. Don’t give your child any sugary foods before bedtime. Hot milk is a great drink to help soothe and relax your child.
  8. On the actual SATs day, make sure they arrive at school in good time so they don’t feel rushed or stressed and give plenty of encouragement.
  9. Model positive language and behaviour – never talk about ‘pass’ or ‘fail’.
  10. Give your child something to look forward to after SATs, such as a day out or a special treat, regardless of their results