The Year 6 SATS are just around the corner and it’s easy for students and parents to worry about getting ready for them.
So we’ve put together some helpful topics that will help with being (and feeling) more prepared. And don’t forget to download the poster at the end!
What are SATS?
SATS (Standard Attainment Tests) are designed to help teachers learn more about a child’s strengths and weaknesses.
The results help teachers compare how students are doing compared to other children, not just within their own class or school but across the country.
The KS2 SATS also measure how much a child has improved from KS1 and whether they are hitting the target they were predicted to based on their KS1 results. Similarly, their KS2 results will help with checking their progress at KS3.
The biggest thing to remember is that there isn’t a pass or fail on SATS tests. They’re a benchmarking tool to help schools and students achieve their best.
While it can be a bit scary for kids sitting their first formally assessed tests it’s also an opportunity to start creating revision and test-taking habits that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their academic career.
How can BrainPOP help with test preparation?
We remember what it’s like to be nervous and overwhelmed by tests at school. Here’s a set of useful topics for helping to get ready physically, mentally, and emotionally.
All these topics are free for everyone for a couple of weeks leading up to SATS.
Part 1 – Topics to help students prepare for a test
Your revision notes will just be another source of stress unless you make sure that they’re well organised and clearly written. Use our Note Taking topic to learn various time and space saving techniques for note-taking and how to take comprehensive notes in lessons.
Not only will improved note-taking skills help with the creation of useful revision notes they’ll also help facilitate better understanding within lessons and when trying to complete homework on the topic.
Revision is a lot like fitness if you do too much too quickly you can burn yourself out before you really get started and it can be difficult to set a steady pace and stick to it. In our Setting Goals topic students learn how to break a big goal into smaller more attainable goals.
Not only does this help students work towards their goal at a realistic pace it also means that they can see their progress better which helps a lot with morale.
Concept maps can be an invaluable tool for revision. Not only are they useful to create as they help you fill in the gaps in your knowledge and see connections but they’re also a great way to create a very quick and easy way to read a huge amount of information.
This topic covers revision techniques, what to do with the notes you’ve taken, why a revision group could be helpful. Students learn why doing practice papers can be helpful and useful tips like explaining a concept to someone else to make sure you really understand it.
Part 2 – Topics to help students taking a test
What do you do if you get stuck on a question? How can you approach different types of question like multiple choice or essay questions? What can you do to make sure you don’t run out of time during the test? All this and more is answered in our Test taking skills movie.
Stress and anxiety can really throw students off their best performance and when it’s not something you’re used to it can be difficult to overcome.
This topic explains what stress is and how it can affect you physically, emotionally, and mentally and covers various techniques students can use to help them keep their cool. While practice helps a lot sometimes it doesn’t matter how many dress rehearsals you have you still get a bit of stage-fright on opening night. Fear doesn’t have to be the mind-killer!
Free test KS2 SATS preparation poster!
You can find all sorts of study skills topics in our English section and you can download this handy “Key Stage 2 SATS preparation guide we’ve made that you can print out, share, or keep on your devices. Good luck everyone!