Parents SATs Information


National curriculum tests (commonly called SATs) are held in May.

The results are an opportunity to compare children nationally to ensure that we are helping children to master the expected skills in Reading, Writing and Maths and make progress. They are also an important tool to help teachers identify children who may need additional support, and make sure this is put in place as early as possible.

KS1 tests can be taken any time during May and they are not strictly timed. Most children will not know they are taking them as teachers incorporate them into everyday classroom practice.

KS2 tests are taken up and down the country in the same order:

  • Monday: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
  • Tuesday: Reading
  • Wednesday: Arithmetic and Maths Reasoning Paper 1
  • Thursday: Maths Reasoning Paper 2

SATs Preparation Tips for Parents and Carers

Here at Darlinghurst, we support children with readiness for their next stages by teaching them knowledge, learning and life skills, promoting growth mind sets and considering mental health.

You will know your child best and will choose which tips from below will help your child;


  • Your child will be well prepared in school: they will experience past assessment papers and revise key curriculum areas to give them confidence.
  • If your child is not on level 420 on the Garage game in Times Tables Rock Stars, ensure they play for at least 5 minutes every day 
  • Use the BBC 'Bitesize' website:


  • Remind your child how well they are doing and how proud they make you feel
  • Help your child to put the assessment week into perspective. Whilst we all want them to do well, we want them to be reassured that life goes on as normal after the assessments
  • Help your child to continue eating healthily and exercising
  • Help your child to get sufficient rest. Make the hour before bedtime as relaxing as possible - no revision then.
  • Encourage your child to read regularly for pleasure – their teacher will be able to make recommendations. Once they finish a book, direct them to complete a quiz on Accelerated Reader.

Readiness for KS2 SATs week

  • On the day of an assessment, give your child plenty of reassurance.
  • Send them in to school at 8am for our early SATs breakfast so the children can arrive in good time and in readiness for the SATs, spending time with staff and friends.