A Parents' Guide to the 2018 SATs

Please find below a link to a You Tube video and some information from Mrs Long which we hope that you will find useful and help you support your child during SATs week.
Dear Parents/Carers

Your child will shortly be doing the End of Key Stage 2 SATs.  During the week beginning Monday 14th May, all children in Year 6 will participate in national assessments for English and Maths.

At this point in the year, after implementing revision programmes in school and booster lessons, we like to distribute advice to pupils to help them prepare for SATs week.  Most of the preparation takes place in school and your child will be fully prepared by their teachers.  However, in this leaflet we aim to offer advice on how you can help prepare your child before and during the tests.  We have also included a test timetable.

After reading this leaflet, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.  Either I, a member of the Year 6 team or your child’s subject teachers will be happy to speak to you.

With thanks.

Mrs G Long
Assistant Head Teacher KS2



There are three English papers: Grammar and Punctuation, Spelling, and Reading.  These tests aim to assess the application of skills that pupils have been taught and revisited during the last four years of KS2.

In preparation for these tests the English department suggest:

  •          Reading at home and asking an adult to question them about their reading.  The questions should be retrieval questions that find information (e.g. what colour were the man’s shoes?) or questions on inference and deduction (inferring or deducing things from the text because of something they have read, e.g. Describe how Jane felt, and what evidence from the text makes you think that?)
  •          During reading, pick out examples of the main word classes – nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, connectives, prepositions, articles, pronouns.
  •          Practice identifying clauses and subordinate clauses in sentences.
  •          Revise antonyms (opposites, tall/short)
  •          Revise collective nouns, e.g. flock of sheep, a shoal of fish.
  •          Revise synonyms (words with similar meaning e.g. blue, turquoise, aquamarine etc.)
  •          Revise homophones (same sound, different spelling/meaning e.g. know, no)
  •          Spelling patterns e.g. creating plurals, doubling consonants etc.



There are three Maths papers: Arithmetic Paper 1, Reasoning Paper 2, and Reasoning Paper 3.

As preparation for these tests the Maths department suggest:

  •          Children should know their multiplication tables to 10 x 10.  You could help by testing your child regularly, especially the 7, 8 and 9 times tables.
  •          Children practise using different calculation methods on the same calculation  to check the accuracy of answers e.g. use addition to check the answer to a subtraction, use multiplication to check a division sum etc.
  •          Pupils should practise estimating answers, asking themselves whether the answer they reach seems sensible and decide how they can check it.  All pupils should learn specific mathematical vocabulary, including the meaning of each word.
  •          Encourage your child to get into the habit of checking through their work. Children historically don’t like doing this, yet so many mistakes can be spotted if only they would check their work over before thinking that they are finished.  Over the Easter holiday break, your child will bring home a practice SAT paper.  When they finish, get them to check their answers – see how many mistakes they can correct, that’s extra marks for them!


 Date  Time  Subject
Monday 14th May 2018

10:00 - 10:45

10:55 - 11:15 
Grammar, Punctuation, & Spelling
Tuesday 15th May 2018 10:00 - 11:00  Reading 
Wednesday 16th May 2018

10:10 - 10:40

10:50 - 11:30
Maths: Arithmetic, paper 1
Maths: Reasoning, paper 2
 Thursday 17th May 2018 10:00 - 10:40  Maths: Reasoning, paper 3















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