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 … ?

Useful Websites

BBC Education has some great videos on different topics whether it be in Maths or Literacy.

BBC Bitesize has some fun games to help with spelling, punctuation and grammar and also reading comprehension.
There are also some useful Maths resources on the BBC Bitesize website.