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Holwell Primary School


Holwell Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL7 3RP

01707 323716

Year 6 SATS


Following the recent announcement from the government that the Y6 SATs for this academic year (2020-2021) have been cancelled, please read the letter below which will provide you with information for what that means for our Year 6 children at Holwell.

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Year 6 SATS

At the end of Year 6, children will sit their Key Stage 2 Statutory Assessments (SATS). They will sit tests in; 

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment at the end of their time at Holwell Primary School. 


The reading test is 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.

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS)

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test consists 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.’


Children 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 


The teachers will extended pieces of writing throughout the academic year. At the end of the year, the children will be awarded an overall attainment grade. 

The tests will be administered in the week commencing 10 May 2021. 

Monday 10 May 2021
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling

Tuesday 11 May 2021
English reading

Wednesday 12 May 2021
Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

Thursday 13 May 2021
Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning




Support and Advice for Parents

How can I prepare my child for SATS? Click here to view a presentation and information pack on strategies to support your child with their KS2 SATS.