Year 6 SATs Science Papers

Year 6 Science SATs papers 2014+


Sampling Test

 Mark Scheme





Sample questions, mark scheme & commentary

2016 sample (published July 2014)

Year 6 Science SATs papers 2003-2012

KS2 Year 6 Science SATs tests

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Year 6 Science SATs tests have been replaced with teacher assessments, and a random selection of schools are chosen each year to take a sampling Science test so that standards of science learning can be monitored. Download these year 6 SATs science papers to help prepare for Year 6 Science SATs if your school is selected. For more detailed information, please read the sections below…

Year 6 SATs Science papers
In 2016, Key Stage 2 SATs were overhauled to bring them in line with the new national curriculum. This means that Science papers have been replaced by teacher assessments. However, a small number of Year 6 children are still required to take part in a sampling science test each year.

What are the Science SATs papers for KS2?
The Science SATs papers for KS2 are administered to a small number of Year 6 pupils who are thought to be representative of the population as a whole. 1,900 schools are selected to take the test, with up to 10 pupils from each school.

If you’ve found yourself researching when are Year 6 SATs, then you probably already know that the KS2 SATs Maths papers and the Year 6 English SATs papers are taken in May. However, the Science SATs papers for KS2 are different. Schools usually aren’t notified about whether any of their children need to take the Science papers until the end of April, and the tests are then taken in June.

Children selected for science sampling will sit three papers: one for Biology, one for Chemistry and one for Physics. Each paper will last for 25 minutes and will be worth 22 marks.

What does my child need to know?
If selected, your child will be tested on their knowledge of the following topics in the Science SATs papers for KS2:


  • Plants
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals, including humans
  • Evolution and inheritance


  • Rocks
  • States of matter
  • Properties and changes of materials


  • Light
  • Forces and magnets
  • Sound
  • Electricity
  • Forces
  • Earth and space

For each paper, they’ll be asked Year 6 SATs questions in a physics/chemistry/biology context.

It’s often particularly helpful for you to do some Year 6 SATs past papers with them, so they get used to the types of questions they’ll be asked and the format of the test.

How are the results used?
Once the papers have been graded, they are only used for national data. This means that no individual school or pupil will be identified within the published data.

Results are not returned to schools or pupils, and results are not used for school accountability or performance tables. Although the test results do not count towards your child’s SATs results, you can still do some SATs revision online to prepare, if you wish.

If you’d like to help your child prepare for the Maths and English SATs tests, you can do KS2 SATs revision with them online.

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