Tip 1: Remember your child’s education is a partnership. Meet with their teachers as they will know your child’s strengths and weaknesses, and ask them how you can help.
Tip 2: Look through a practice SAT paper together and talk through the answers. Try drawing or acting out answers of difficult concepts such as fractions.
Tip 3: Explain that the number of marks allocated to each question gives your child an idea of how much time to spend on each one.
Tip 4: Make sure your child is aware that getting stuck is not a problem. Move on and if they have time, come back to the hard ones at the end.
Tip 5: Encourage your child to believe in themselves – “You can do it!”
Tip 6: Remind your child that the tests are important, but that they are not the only way they are to be measured.
Tip 7: Approach a subject from lots of different angles. Software, games, activities, books, flash cards and practical applications all help – make the revision time at home as fun and interactive as possible.
Tip 8: It is easier said than done, BUT do not put your child under too much pressure. Have fun – they will find things easier to remember if they recall the good times they had learning.
The SAT Stages
Key Stage 1: From age 5-7. Tests in year 2, at the end of infants – age 7: Each child is teacher-assessed in Reading, Writing (spelling and handwriting), Maths (number, shape, space, measurement) and Science. Your child’s teacher will set short pieces of work in English and Maths to judge what level of ability your child is considered to be.
Key Stage 2: From age 7-11. Tests in year 6 – age 11: More formal than Key Stage 1, these written tests (English, Maths) are 45 minutes long and can be quite daunting for this age group. The papers are sent away for marking and the results are known before they leave primary school in July. Writing assessments are completed and marked by the class teacher.