Year 6 SATs: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test Checklist

The Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test is being introduced in May for all Year 6 students.  You can use Better Tuition’s checklist to help you ensure your child has covered everything s/he needs for the test.
Read the checklist below or download it as a PDF.  If you are an educator and would like to adapt this resource for classroom use, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to send you a Word file.  You can read more about changes to Year 6 SATs here.

The test will be 45 minutes long and will check whether students can:

 Identify and use:
 Language item  Example(s)
 Common nouns  table, boy, town
 Proper nouns  Toby, Manchester, Better Tuition
 Pronouns  he, she, it, we
*N.B. Your child will also be expected to know when to use ‘I’ and when to use ‘me’ – for example: Emily and I got to school late./ There will be extra homework for Emily and me next week.
 Adjectives  green, big, fantastic
 Verbs  run, read, say, think
 Adverbs  quickly, aloud, timidly
*N.B. Your child will also be expected to know the difference between an adjective and an adverb (the former describes a noun and the latter describes a verb).
 Prepositions  over, under, in, near
 Prefixes  pre-, un-, dis-
 Main clause The boy ran into the sweet shop, his pockets filled with coins.
Subordinate clause The boy ran into the sweet shop, his pockets filled with coins.
 Connectives  and, because, however, firstly, then
 Opposites big, small
shiny, dull
 Understand and produce:
 Language item  Example(s)
 Questions  What is your name?
 Commands  Put the book back on the shelf.
 Statements  I have blue eyes.
 Homographs We have no bread at present.I received a nice present on my birthday.
 Homophones He peered through the misty window.She threw the ball to the dog.
 Synonyms big/ large
red/ scarlet
 singulars table, boy, lady, sheep, fish
Plurals, including irregulars tables, boys, ladies, sheep, fish
Verb forms and tenses we go/ they were/ I amYour child may be asked to change present tense verbs to past tense and vice versa, eg.She eats sandwiches./ She ate sandwiches.


Punctuate using (and know the terms):
 Language item  Example(s)
 Full stops  .
 Question marks  ?
Exclamation marks  !
Capital letters ABC – your child will need to know that these should be used for proper nouns as well as the beginning of a sentence.
 Commas  ,
 Apostrophes Apostrophe of omission: can’t (the apostrophe replaces the letter ‘o’)Apostrophe of possession: the boy’s shoe (the apostrophe shows us that the shoe belongs to the boy).Your child will also need to know that words an apostrophe has joined together to make one word are known as contractions.
 Brackets  (    )
Inverted commas  “You may know these as speech marks.”

SATs preparation is important in order to give your child confidence to tackle these important tests.  Your child’s results will be passed on to their new secondary school and very often used to set them according to ability.  If you need extra help, please do not hesitate to contact Paul Syrett or Christine McLaughlin on 0161 748 3912 to book a FREE assessment.  Many parents send their children to Better Tuition to help prepare them for Year 7.  Please give us a call to find out how your child could benefit from lessons at Better Tuition.


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5 Responses to Year 6 SATs: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test Checklist

  1. lauren says:

    im sooo nervous for the S.A.Ts ahhhghhhhhhh

  2. tyla says:

    so scared of sats did it today it went kind of well

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  4. Emily says:

    Me too I am so super nervous for SATS

  5. Colin says:

    I am very very very nervous for the Sats test i am so scared!

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