Next week children in Year 6 will be taking their SAT’s. This can be a stressful week for pupils, parents and schools but it does not need to be.

Each morning the children will take one test so a good start to the day is really important.

Monday 9th May English – Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling – Paper 1 and 2
Tuesday 10th May English – Reading
Wednesday 11th May Maths – Paper 1 (Arithmetic) Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)
Thursday 12th May Maths – Paper 3 (Reasoning)

Top tips

Just like any exam or big meeting we have had during our lives we need to get the right start to the day. Firstly, everyone needs to stay calm and positive. Children need to see that this is important and this will set a positive attitude around taking future exams. However, no matter how important it is that they can only try to do their best and they are not being asked to do more than that. Schools work very hard to ensure that each child is prepared for these tests through good quality education and some experience around the test situation. Therefore all each child needs to do is relax, use the advice given and be themselves.


The night before an exam is just as important as the day itself. Your children should go to bed at a reasonable time and get their eight hours sleep recommended by health care professionals. In the morning, a healthy and energy filled breakfast is key. This can include wholegrain cereal, eggs, toast with jam, or porridge. Try to focus on positive non-test based conversations rather than talking through questions or worrying your child any more than needed.


Once the week is over on Thursday, celebrate with your child as this will probably be their first experience of taking a formal test. However, we all know it will not be their last and so setting good habits now is vital.

In conclusion

No matter what your opinion of the SATs is, a majority of children take these exams. Both primary and secondary schools use them as a guidance towards your child’s underlying ability and future progress. Keeping everyone calm and setting good exam habits that can be used in the future is just as important to or learning as the education tested within the assessments themselves.