In years 2 and 6 your child will be taking their SATs (Standard Attainment Tests). This blog should provide you with all the information you need to know for the 2022 exams.
When are the SATs?
In May 2022 children who are in Year 2 and 6 will be taking their SATs. Year 6 children complete the exams between Monday 9th May – Thursday 12th May. The tests are taken each morning.
However, for children in Year 2 the SATs are given at different times throughout the month and at the schools discretion. Some schools put children into small groups or spread the assessments out over the month so children feel less pressure.
What are they assessing?
Firstly, the tests are set to assess your child’s knowledge of the curriculum thus far. They assess your child’s knowledge based on the National Curriculum, set by the Government. The Government uses the exam results to monitor the schools teaching and progress between Key Stages (EYFS, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two). This is not an indication of if your child is passing or failing; however, it does give an indication of how your child compares to other children within the country.
Schools assess Reading, SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) and Maths through a test, although Science and Writing are still assessed via teacher’s judgement.
How can you help your child?
If your child is due to have their SATs this year there are a number of ways in which you can help them. Firstly, you can ensure that they are reading regularly and discussing the book with you. Reading helps with both comprehension, word understanding and the child’s writing ability. It also sets good habits for adulthood and further education. Another great tip is to read a range of material. This could be newspapers, blogs, game instructions, maths questions or fictional and non-fictional books.
Encourage your child to start a diary or write a newspaper report/recount of a trip they have undertaken during the holidays, or enter a writing competition. They could also improve their spellings by undertaking crosswords or by playing Scrabble as a family.
It is important that you encourage your child to undertake mathematical questions in everyday life. This can be achieved by adding up some items in a shop, working out the difference between two numbers, reading and using recipes and scales. Try playing Sudko and encourage family challenges to build up mental calculations.
When studying we do not always learn everything in school. As a parent you must ensure that your child completes any homework tasks as independently as possible. Often it is better for them to make errors, which the teacher will see, than it is for you to over aid them. Over supporting your child does not help the teacher assess their understanding. In addition, it does not teach your child independence or the importance of their own work.
Everyone gets distracted at school and at work. However, instilling the importance of focus during learning times is vital. Encouraging them to be inquisitive and interested in learning rather than what their friend is doing or what is on TV later is important. This is not something that children will necessarily know how to do so modelling this behaviour is essential. Share your own enthusiasm for new knowledge and learn things together. We need to help them to understand that they can ask if they need help but also that they may need to learn to be patient as it is not always possible for them to get attention straight away.
Lastly and most importantly keep calm about SATs… if you keep focusing on them then your child will become stressed. These tests are important for both the school and pupils and it is a good way, especially for older children, to introduce good exam technique of staying calm and focused. In addition to this an understanding that we all face tests, even as adults, but it is how we prepare alongside doing our best which is key.