At Home Support

What can I do to support my Year 6 child at home?

As your child prepares for their end of Key Stage 2 Maths tests, we offer some practical tips as to how you can help them get through their SATs exams.

Whilst your child will have been frequently practising mock assessments at school as part of their in-class revision, it is always helpful for you to see the format and to contextualise your child's experience. For a comprehensive list of past papers,why not take a look at satspapers.org?

No more is it a case of crosses and ticks: teachers are skilled to provide diagnostic feedback on your child's progress. Your child will be graded as currently working at a numbered level and then given a corresponding sub-level of either a, b, c, with a being the highest. They should also know their level. As an average, most 11-year-olds are expected to attain Level 4. Schools often have their own criteria sheets which are both pupil and parent-friendly. You may have seen these in the front of your child's book. If you find yourself unclear about the sort of thing on which they will be assessed, ask their teacher for a copy of their level descriptors.

Don't assume your child will feel confident enough to raise their hand in class and admit they don't understand. Make time to have a one-to-one conversation about areas for clarification before the test, rather than after. Children themselves are often the best barometer of how comfortable they feel when approaching certain topics. They will know the syllabus and will have been prepared well. Pupils are accustomed to reflecting upon their weaknesses; help your child to address theirs.

Many children become anxious about SATs and will pick up on the buzz surrounding it, yet don't understand fully what it is all about. Instead, they can often worry about the consequences of getting a low level, fearing that this resigns them to failure. Given this, it's always a good idea to explain to your child that whilst it is important to show their best self and create a good impression as they enter secondary school, this paper is simply an assessment of their skills, not a pass or fail exam.

At worst, if your child is placed in the wrong set, their secondary teacher will quickly recognise this as children are assessed throughout Year 7. SATs are also an indicator of the school's performance and this too is taken into account.