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Statutory Assessments in Primary Schools

Phonics Screening – Year 1

The phonics screening check is a short, simple assessment to ensure that all pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. All Year 1 pupils must complete the check during the summer term.

The phonics screening check comprises a list of 40 words and non-words which the child will read in a one-to-one situation with a teacher. Click here for an example of the phonics screening check LINK 

Phonics screening check

Standard Assessment Tests (SATs)

SATS tests are given at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. They are used to track progress and attainment of children in schools from Early Years to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2. They comprise a mixture of teacher-led and test-based assessments. 

Key Stage 1 SATs – Year 2

During May all children in Year 2 will take part in the KS1 SATs consisting of: 


Paper 1: combined reading prompt and answer booklet 

Paper 2: reading booklet and reading answer booklet 


The class teacher will provide the children with opportunities to write in a range of genres throughout the year. They will then assess their writing to form their teacher assessment.


Paper 1: arithmetic 

Paper 2: reasoning

Click here to view the KS1 SATs assessment framework 

Key Stage 2 SATs – Year 6

In Key Stage 2 SATs are undertaken in Year 6 and are more formal. They take place in May in a dedicated week and all tests must be administered on days specified in the statutory test timetable set by the Department for Education and Standards and Testing Agency. Therefore, it is essential that your child is in school during this week to undertake their SATs. Below is the timetable for May 2022:

Date Tests
Monday 9th May English grammar, punctuation and spelling 
Tuesday 10th May  English reading
Wednesday 11th May  Mathematics papers 1 and 2
Thursday 12th May  Mathematics paper 3



This test consists of a reading booklet and a separate answer booklet. Children will have a total of one hour to read the three texts in the reading booklet and complete the questions.

English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

The grammar and punctuation paper component consists of a single test paper. Children will have 45 minutes to complete the test. The spelling test consists of an answer booklet for children to complete and a test transcript to be read by their teacher.


To assess the children’s maths three papers are undertaken, one assessing fluency and two assessing reasoning. Children have 30 minutes to complete the fluency test and 40 minutes to complete each reasoning test paper.  


Writing is not undertaken through a SATs test but assessed through writing in a range of genres over a period of time. External moderation by the local authority is undertaken periodically.

In the Spring term the Year 6 team will lead a SATs information parent’s session.

Click here to view the KS2 SATs assessment framework 

The Multiplication Tables Check – Year 4

The Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) is a Key Stage 2 assessment to be taken by pupils at the end of year 4 (in June). The MTC is an online test were the pupils are asked 25 questions on times tables 2 to 12. For every question you have 6 seconds to answer and in between the questions there is a 3 second rest. 

Multiplication Tables Check

Due to National lockdown in 2019-21 children did not take end of key stage SATs tests and end of year assessments were unable to happen. This page shows our results from 2018-19.

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