In the next month pupils in year 2 and 6 will be taking the SATs (Standard Attainment Tests). This blog holds off the information that you will need to know.
When are the SATs?
In May 2019 children who are in Year 2 and 6 will be taking their SATs. For children in Year 6 these will start on Monday 13th May and they will take one test each morning as per the timetable below:
|Monday 13th May 2019||English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2|
|Tuesday 14th May 2019||English reading|
|Wednesday 15th May 2019||Mathematics papers 1 and 2|
|Thursday 16th May 2019||Mathematics paper 3|
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. These expectations are set by the Government via the National Curriculum and are used in teachers weekly planning. Teachers also regularly assess children’s understanding of the requirements to ensure that they are making appropriate progress. The Government expects schools to share the results at the end of each Key Stage to allow them to monitor schools and track progress. Although Reading, SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) and Maths are assessed through a test, 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.
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 taking part in 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.
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; as this 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 and as both parents and teachers we need to ensure they are listening when we are talking and sharing information. We need to help them to understand that they can ask if they need help but also that they may need 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 pupil and it is a good way, especially for older children, to introduce a good exam technique of staying calm and focused. In addition to this an understanding that we all take exams, even as adults, but it is how we prepare, alongside doing our best which is key.