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Useful SATs information

When is SATs week for Year 6?

In 2020, Sats will be held from Monday 11th May to Thursday 14th May, but there is no information yet on which papers will be taken on which days.  Please make sure your child is in school for all of this week and not attending any appointments.

 

How can we help our child?

We will be holding a SATs meeting for parents at the start of the Spring term in 2020 to go through some of the SATs papers and offer some helpful advice.

11 tips for helping with Year 6 SATs preparation.

 

  1. Talk about the SATs and tell them not worry about them. The school will also do this, too, but it makes a bigger impact if school and parents do this together. Children perform best when they are relaxed.
  2. Reading is a key part of primary education so keep encouraging daily reading whether your child reads on their own or if you read together. Discuss the books, the characters, the storylines and encourage your child to express their own opinions on the book. This is important to their long term development as well as any SATs test.
  3. Play mental games when you are on the way home whether you are walking or driving. Playing card games, Uno, Monopoly and dominoes all help with Maths. Whereas games like hangman, Boggle or Scrabble will support with literacy,
  4. You can buy test papers and work through them with your child. There are a wide range available to buy from high street shops or online. Your child will be doing lots of tests in school so only do more if your child enjoys their challenge. If your child doesn’t like them, it is counter productive to force them to do more.
  5. If you are searching for SATs paper on the internet, remember there are a limited number of new style SATs papers as they only began in 2016. It is best to avoid looking at these with your child as your school will use them for practice. 
  6. There are lots of revision guides available to buy. You do not have to get one but if your child is reassured by having a book why not choose one together.
  7. Try to keep everything else running normally. So whether its sport, music lessons or Scouts and Guides; sticking to your normal routine of out of school activities demonstrates to your child that SATs are not the be and end all of year 6.
  8. During the SATs week, whilst keeping to normal timetable, try to avoid late nights, as children will find sitting the tests tiring.  Please ensure, as always, your child has a good breakfast and stays hydrated to ensure they can focus for a good length of time.
  9. Try to make sure your child has some fresh air when they come home from school on test days.
  10. Keep it in proportion. They are primary-school tests to gauge the education in the school and do not affect the secondary school your child will go to.
  11. Stay positive. Many children enjoy taking the tests as they see it as a challenge and like the importance and the feeling of being special that SATs give year 6.

Remember you do not have to more tests with your child or teach them. The most important thing is to give your child lots of praise as they will be doing their very best.

 

Thank you for your support; please come and chat to us if you have any questions.

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