SATs are the Statutory Assessment Tests currently set by the government for Years 2 & 6.
In Year 2, children are now assessed by their teacher, using ongoing tasks, as well as the SATS tests, which are administered more informally during the Summer term.
In Year 6 the assessments are much more formal, children complete 5 tests under exam conditions, however writing is no longer subject to testing and results are based on the teacher’s assessment, using a range of evidence, rather than a particular test. These assessments are completed each year in May, along with all other Year 6 pupils in England. These tests are sent off to be marked.
To reach the expected standard in all of Reading, Writing and Maths, a pupil must achieve a scaled score of 100 or more in Reading and Maths tests and an outcome of ‘working at the expected standard’ in writing.
What can you do to support your child?
- Support and reassure your child that there is nothing to worry about and that they should always just try their best. Praise and encourage!
- Ensure your child has the best possible attendance, in school every day so they don’t miss anything important.
- Support your child with any homework tasks. Homework imbeds what the children learn in class, so we would like homework to be completed on time.
- Attend SATs meetings / information events.
Tips for supporting Reading
- Focus on developing an enjoyment and love of reading. Your child should read every night and this should be recorded in their School Planner.
- Try to listen to your child read and ask them questions about the text.
- Enjoy stories together – reading stories to your child at KS1 and KS2 is equally as important as listening to your child read.
- Develop reading skills, speed reading, scanning and skimming texts for key words.
- Read, read, read! All reading is valuable – it doesn’t have to be just stories. Reading can be, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, newspapers, magazines, football programmes, TV guides, articles on the internet, games instructions – anything!
- Visit the local library and explore new books and authors- it’s free!
- Please take the time to practice spellings with your child.
Tips for revising Maths
- Timestables – learn and rehearse timestables – being fluent in these will help in all areas of maths!
- Help your child to check their work through – this will help them to spot mistakes that can sometimes be easily fixed by looking at them again.
- Ask your child to explain their work to you – if they can explain the process to someone else, it helps them to understand it themselves.
- Give children opportunities to play with numbers in context, recipes – converting measures when cooking, reading scales when measuring, calculating change when shopping.
- Practice telling the time on a range of clocks, ask your child what time it is? What time will it be in 25 minutes? How long until … ?
BBC Education has some great videos on different topics whether it be in Maths or Literacy.