Next week children in Year 6 will be taking their SAT’s. This can be a stressful week for pupils, parents and schools but it does not need to be.

Each morning the children will take one test so a good start to the day is really important.

Monday 13th MayEnglish – Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling – Paper 1 (45 minutes) and 2 (20 minutes)
Tuesday 14th MayEnglish – Reading (60 minutes)
Wednesday 15th MayMaths – Paper 1 (Arithmetic – 30 minutes) Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning – 40 minutes)
Thursday 16th MayMaths – Paper 3 (Reasoning – 40 minutes)

Top tips

Just like any exam or big meeting we have had during our lives we need to get the right start to the day. Firstly, everyone needs to stay calm and positive. Children need to see that this is important and this will set a positive attitude around taking future exams. However, no matter how important it is they can only do their best and they are not being asked to do more than that. Schools work very hard to ensure that each child is prepared for these tests through good quality education and some experience around the test situation. Therefore all each child needs to do is relax, use the advice given and be themselves.


The night before an exam is just as important as the day itself. Your children should go to bed at a reasonable time and get their eight hours sleep recommended by health care professionals. In the morning, a healthy and energy filled breakfast is key. This can include wholegrain cereal, eggs, toast with jam, or porridge. Try to focus on positive non-test based conversations rather than talking through questions or worrying your child any more than needed.


Once the week is over on Friday, celebrate with your child as this will probably be their first experience of taking a formal test. However, we all know it will not be their last and so setting good habits now is vital.

In conclusion

No matter what your opinion of the SATs is, a majority of children take these exams. Secondary schools use them as a guidance towards your child’s underlying ability and future progress. Keeping everyone calm and setting good exam habits, that can be used both now and in the future, is just as important as the knowledge they are testing. 

Use our expertise

Growing Young Minds teachers are experts in education, with many teaching Year 6 pupils or having been SATs markers themselves. If you have a question please get in touch – [email protected] – we are always happy to help.

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