SATs Explained3 SATs ExplainedWhat are SATsSATs tests are compulsory national tests for primary school children. Children inEngland are required to take Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) at the Spring term ofYear 2 and Year 6.What do the SAT tests show?The idea of the SATs is to show what pupils havelearned and retained during the school year. The testshelp teachers learn more about the strengths andweaknesses of what your child understands about asubject.
4 SATs ExplainedWednesday 15 MayMental mathematics test (20 mins)Test Paper A (45 mins)Thursday 16 May Test Paper B (45 mins)SATs ExplainedCan your child fail a SATs test?It is important that your child understands they are not going to pass or fail thetest - it will just show what they have learned and what they can do.When are the tests taken?The Year 6 SATs are held in the week beginning 13th May 2013.
5 SATs ExplainedSATs ExplainedWhat do the results of thetests mean?The results show whether or not yourchild has reached the expectedNational Curriculum level.This table illustrates these expectedlevels.What do the levels mean?As you can see from this table, it isexpected that the majority of 11 yearold children will achieve Level 4 by theend of Year 6.However, for some children achievingLevel 3 is a real success for thatparticular individual. A child achievingLevel 5 is working at a high level.
6 SATs ExplainedSATs ExplainedWhat do the levels mean (cont’d) ?It is currently not possible for a child to receive a level 6 due to the different curriculuminvolved, although approximately 1% of children would be working at this level. As a rough guide,a child who passes GCSE at grade C will have reached level 7.When will I know my child’s results?Schools receive their provisional overallresults for the school and individual pupilsby the end of July 2013. However, it is thedecision of individual schools how they giveindividual pupil’s results to parents. Yourchild’s teacher will be able to help clarifythis with you.How are the SATs results used bysecondary schools?SATs results are passed on to secondaryschools. Some schools use these results tostream new starters in year 7, so it isimportant to find out if your child’s newschool does this. Others may use theirown internal tests at the beginning of thenew term. This is a question you can askyour child’s new teacher.
Understanding the SAT Papers7 Understanding the SATs PapersThe SAT PapersThere are three maths SATs papers:Paper A A timed paper, lasting 45 minutesCalculators are NOT allowed for this paperPaper B A timed paper, lasting 45 minutesCalculators are allowed for this paperMental Maths This is a timed paperQuestions will be asked and your child will have between5 and 15 seconds to answer each one.
Understanding the SAT Papers8 Understanding the SATs PapersWritten Test PapersGive your child all the equipment they need; pencil,rubber, ruler, protractor, drink of water and acalculator (for Test B only)Ask your child to open the test paper and workthrough each of the questions. If they finishearly, ask them to go back and check their work.If they are stuck on a question – help them tounderstand that they need to move on to the nextquestion and come back to it when they finish.They can use any space on the page for workingout an answer.Mental Maths TestGive your child thetranscript paper/mentalmaths sheet. Read outeach question twice.Only give them theallocated time.General Instructions
Practicing for the SATs9 Practicing for the SATsUsing Past PapersThe last three years SAT Papers are available to view and download from thislesson pack. The reason they are not electronic, is because it is important that yourchild becomes familiar with answering the questions in the style and format theywill use on the day.Sitting a testBefore you start the tests – read through themarking scheme with your child. This will helpthem to understand what is expected in theiranswers.Simple mistakes can cost a mark – it’s importantthat your child is given credit where it’s due.Make timeAllocate time during each weekfor the practice tests.
10 Practicing for the SATsHow much help do you give?If your child gets stuck on a question,ask them to move onto the next one.Coming back to the problem questions atthe end of the test.It’s hard, but do not help them toanswer a question during the timed test.Talk it throughOnce the test paper is finished. Talkthrough it with your child. Ask them; howthey felt about the questions, which ones didthey struggle with, which ones were easy.Make a note of their responses. These willhelp you plan what to do next.Mark it together – get them to be theteacher and praise them no matter how manythey answered correctly.In the right order1. Complete the Mental Maths Test (20 mins), have a 20-30 minute break, then completePaper A2. Complete Paper B on a different dayPracticing for the SATs
11 Practicing for the SATsHighlightUse a highlighter and go through the papers with yourchild. Highlight the question areas you BOTH agree youneed to focus on next. Your child needs to have inputinto this process – or it will be a battle to get them torevise.Your child can’t revise everything – so only focus on afew important areas.What to do nextYour child has now completed the test papers and you have both marked them and it has givenyou a SATs level.Please, do not focus on the level too much, this is only an indication. Depending on the questionsbeing asked on the day – it can go up or down. What is important, is identifying problem areasand using this time to help strengthen them.Practicing for the SATs
12 Practicing for the SATsAgree on a planTake these focus areas and allocate time in the week to strengthen them.Go back to your child’s Target Lessons page and select key areas for your child to work on next.Practicing for the SATs
Helping your child with anxietyTalk, talk, talk . . .It is important that your child knowsthat you are there to listen if theyneed you. Talk through anyproblems they may have, as a family.13 Helping your child with anxietyWatch ‘Anxiety’, an animated videocreated by Childline . Use thistime to talk with your child abouthow they feelBe creativeDrawing, online fun games, play dough,sewing, knitting . . . It doesn’t matterwhat the activity is – as long as it’s fun.It can really help your child to ‘switchoff’ from everything else.MeditationIf your child is struggling to get tosleep at night. Try a meditation CD.It can help them unwind and becomeone of their bedtime routines.It is inevitable, with teachers and their friends talking about SATs every day,that your child may become a little anxious. Here are some tips to help them:
Helping your child with anxietyGet some fresh airExercise can boost moods, so get yourchild moving. A simple walk around theblock, fresh air and physical activity maybe just what they need to lift their spiritsand give them a new perspective on things.14 Helping your child with anxietyKeep your child healthyMake sure they are eating rightand getting enough sleep. Notgetting enough rest or eatingnutritious meals can add to yourchild’s stress levels.If they feel good, they’ll bebetter equipped to work throughtheir anxiety.Stick to routinesTheir normal daily routine at school will becompletely different. Many lessons will befocusing on revising for the SATs. Try andbalance this out by maintaining as much oftheir regular routine at home as possible.
Study GuideWHAT EQUIPMENT DOES YOUR CHILD NEED?15 Study Guide- Pencils, sharpener and eraser.- Wide spaced, good quality lined exercise book, so that you can see the progressyour child is making and make notes on areas they need to learn and practise.- A timer, to help them with the mental maths questions.- A quiet, well lit area to work in without distractions.- Plenty of water- Take a break, every 20 minutes – short bite sized revision is very effective- If they get stuck on a method, revisit that lesson method – it may be in theirtarget lessons area.
Study Guide16 Study GuideWriting revision notesin an exercise bookGetting other children to test themReading their notes aloudWriting notes on posters anddisplaying them in their roomCreating a song or jingle toremember key facts – recordthem and play them backMake their ownrevision guideRevision SkillsIt may help your child consolidate their learning through:Creating a mindmapUsing a timer andbeating their time
Study Guide17 Study GuidePitch and ExpectationsIn Year 6, your child is expected toknow and apply all the maths skills theyhave learned whilst being at primaryschool. Click here to view theseexpectations against SATs examples.Once you have your list of areas todevelop – find
ResourcesWHAT EQUIPMENT DOES YOUR CHILD NEED TO REVISE?18 Resources- Pencils, sharpener and eraser.- Wide spaced, good quality lined exercise book, so that you can see the progressyour child is making and make notes on areas they need to learn and practise.- A timer, to help them with the mental maths questions.- A quiet, well lit area to work in without distractions.- Plenty of water- Using the revision mats (attached)- Take a break, every 20 minutes – short bite sized revision is very effective- If they get stuck on a method, revisit that lesson method – it may be in theirtarget lessons area. If they need more ‘hands on’ learning, click here