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What are the Year 6 SATs?

Primary school is split into two stages after Reception: Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. At the end of each key stage, children sit a SATs test. This stands for Standard Assessment Test which will cover Maths and English. In this article, I will be discussing the Key Stage Two tests with a specific focus on the mathematical element. The Key Stage Two SATs include a reading paper, a grammar punctuation and spelling paper (often referred to as SPAG) and maths. The purpose of the SATs is to measure academic progress throughout each of the key stages. The Key…

Back to school tips for Year 6

Read on for some tips to help ease the transition for children starting Year 6 this September.   Settling back into school after the six week holidays is never an easy adjustment, let alone after potentially having had six months out of the school environment . The Year 6's this year have experienced a particularly unusual time, having missed out on a large chunk of school time and to return at the top of the school and back to a very important year. Anxious, excited, under pressure, uncertain and that’s just us parents, right? Here are my top tips to…

Five Top Tips to support Year 6 Maths

Do you want to help support your child with their maths this year but you don't know where to start? Are you worried about interfering with the methods used at school? I'm going to give you my five top tips for how you can help support your child at home for success in the Year 6 SATs. 1: Master the times tables. This is the building block for so many other skills, especially fractions and harder calculations. It's often the skill that is overlooked as all the times tables are expected to have been learned and secure by the end of…

Are you a Year 6 teacher?

The struggle is real As a Year 6 teacher, the pressure is intense. Nobody really understands it unless they've experienced it! The responsibility and accountability of getting 30 pupils with varied abilities and learning styles to reach their progress targets and age related expectations while ensuring breadth of curriculum, mental wellbeing and a love of school is huge. Now with the added complication of Year 5 children who have been out of school for so long during the Covid 19 pandemic, you have really got your work cut out! Too many resources to choose from? The internet has opened up…