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John Clifford Primary & Nursery School ‘Be your best. Celebrate success. Together we will be successful.’

Year 6

Year 6 visit to the Big Bang STEM Festival at the Roundhouse, Derby - 28th June 2018

SATs 2018 – Parents Guide


Changes to KS2 SATs in 2018 – What parents need to know


KS2 SATs were overhauled to be in line with the new national curriculum in May 2016. If your child will be sitting Y6 SATs in 2018, read on for the most up-to-date information for parents.

In the summer term of 2016, children in Year 2 and Year 6 were the first to take the new SATs papers. The new-style SATs for English and maths reflect the new national curriculum, and are more rigorous than previous years’ tests. There is also a completely new SATs marking scheme and grading system which has replaced national curriculum levels.


At the end of Year 6, children sit tests in:



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.

This is information is to advise parents of how the SATs tests will be administered.

The timetable shows a list of tests and the dates they will be administered.


2018 test timetable




Monday 14 May

English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions

English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling

Tuesday 15 May

English Reading

Wednesday 16 May


Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic

Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning


Thursday 17 May

Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning



The tests will be administered in the order of the timetable and on the date shown.


Most children will sit the tests in the classrooms normally used each day for their learning. The children will be split into smaller groups in line with normal classroom practice. This is done so that the children are comfortable and familiar with their surroundings and so that they can be spaced out appropriately.

Each room will have enough staff to ensure the correct administration of the test and the staff involved will have been given training on test format and style, their role and what they may or may not read to a pupil in a particular test including any subject specific issues that might occur. During the Reading test, no part of the test may be read to a student.

We will hold a parents meeting in April 2018 to give you further details regarding the administration and content of the tests. This will give parents a chance to ask any questions that they may have.


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.’


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.


Not all children in Year 6 will take science SATs. However, a number of schools will be required to take part in science sampling: a test administered to a selected sample of children thought to be representative of the population as a whole. We will provide more information if our school is chosen.


You will be given your child’s raw score (the actual number of marks they get), alongside their scaled score and whether they have reached the expected standard set by the Department for Education (‘NS’ means that the expected standard was not achieved and ‘AS’ means the expected standard was achieved).


The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is:

80 (the lowest scaled score that can be awarded)

120 (the highest scaled score)

The expected standard for each test is a scaled score of 100 or more. If a child is awarded a scaled score of 99 or less they won’t have achieved the expected standard in the test.


As a school we support our children through the SATs. We want them to do the best that they can and we support them to do this in every way.

Spring 2 Mind Map

Welcome Back!

Year 6 visit to NUAST 

(Nottingham University Academy for Science & Technology)


Our Year 6 cohort recently visited NUAST to experience what a day is like at this new secondary school.  This imposing new building situated at the bottom of University Boulevard is home to the next generation of scientists, engineers and computer programming wizards.  Our pupils participated in all three disciplines where they were asked to build and program a robot, design a marble tower and design coat hooks using 3-D printers.  However, the science lesson that required them to make slime was a firm favourite.

This short trip gave our students another insight into life outside John Clifford and will hopefully inspire some of them to go and become a leading light in the world of STEM.

NUAST visit

Outdoor Classroom

Year 6 will begin their Outdoor Classroom project in the Autumn Term.  This new curriculum initiative will see the pupils participate in a variety of activities linked to their half term project as well as looking to solve STEM inspired challenges. Some of the projects the children will undertake will include raft building, designing and producing water carrying devices out of natural materials and exploring water purification methods. We expect the children will thoroughly enjoy the projects and in the process will develop many new skills, most of which will relate to team work and problem solving.

Welcome back to the new school year, 2017-18!


We hope you have had a lovely summer and that your children are all refreshed and ready for the challenges and fun of the new academic year!


In the next few days, we shall be adding lots of extra information to this class page about routines, timings and expectations for your child in their new class, as well as lots of curricular information also.


Please keep checking back regularly for updates and as ever, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to find your child's teachers at the start or end of day.


Let's make this the best year ever!



Working hard already!

SATs revision


Hear are some websites our Year 6 pupils might find helpful with KS2 SAT's Revision!


The English area of the Bitesize website is packed with activities and questions 
to help you prepare for the National Tests in English. 

These revision pages have been put together by Woodlands Junior School to 
help students with their revision. 

Skillswise aims to help adults improve their reading, writing and maths skills. It 
is targeted at Level 1 of the adult Basic Skills Literacy & Numeracy 
Curriculums for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

You might like to try some spelling practise on this BBC spelling site

and this site too

For spelling practice, Ambleside Primary offer an automated Look, Cover, Write, Check 
word bank. Really useful for brushing up on Key Stage 2 spellings. 

In 2013 the government introduced a new Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test. You 
can try some online quizzes we collected, or download our grammar checklist (we also have 
a checklist for level 6). 

This site will help with the new spelling, grammar and punctuation tests



Get your head around addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Take a 
visit to Gere's Bike Shop and help them read their graphs and charts. Practise 
working out the mode, median and mean for a set of numbers. Take a look at 
time, mass and capacity. Investigate the properties of different shapes. Get your 
brain ticking with some mental maths questions. 

A daily practise to keep those brain cells sharp

Practise your tables with the games and activities on this fun site.

Skillswise aims to help adults improve their reading, writing and maths skills. It 
is targeted at Level 1 of the adult Basic Skills Literacy & Numeracy 
Curriculums for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Woodlands Junior School has several fun online interactive activities to help 
not only improve your mental maths skills, but also to help you with SATs 
Revision too!


Year 6 Spelling - the expected standard

These are the words that a child working at national standards is expected to be able to read and spell. They are the statutory spellings that the children are working on in school and will need to be able to spell for the SAT's spelling test in May. Please practise them with your children at home. Many thanks.

Some useful web-links to support learning: