Year 6 SAT’s Support

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If your child is a fluent reader it is more valuable to discuss their book, rather than listen to them read.  Try asking them some of the following questions:

  • What was the story about?
  • Who were the main characters?
  • What type of story was it?
  • How did the author develop his characters?
  • What sort of vocabulary has the author used to create a mood in the story?
  • Can they predict what will happen in the story?
  • If it is a non fiction book what devices has the author used to organize the text?
  • Can they say why they liked or disliked the book?



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There are lots of strategies for helping your child to learn spellings:

  • Look, cover, write, check
  • Learn the spelling rule eg. Cross off the “e” to add “ing”.
  • Learn the letter pattern eg. “ight” flight, sight, might etc.
  • Break into smaller parts
  • Use a mnemonic – Betty Eats Cakes And Uses Six Eggs spells because.
  • Try writing the word – does it look right?
  • Play hangman with the spelling

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Before children can make their writing engaging and exciting it is essential that they have mastered the basics.  You cannot achieve a level four if you are not using simple punctuation such as full stops, capital letters, question marks etc in the correct place. Look for opportunities for child to write.  Perhaps they could keep a diary, or write  letters to another family member.  Not all the writing has to be done with pen and paper.  Most children love working on the computer and they can easily correct and improve their work.

Ask your child to explain VCOP.  These 4 elements can improve writing dramatically:

V – vocabulary – look for exciting and ambitious words

C – use connectives in writing eg. Because, but, also, however, meanwhile etc.

O – openers to sentences.  Start a sentence with an “LY” or “ING” word.

    Nervously, the girl sat down at the piano and started to play.

    Kicking the ball in the back of the net, Ronaldo scored the winning goal.

P – punctuation.  Can they include commas, apostrophes, semi colons, brackets etc. in their work?


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If this is the first time you have had a child in Y6, you may want to know a little bit more about the Statutory Assessment Tests the children sit towards the end of the year.  Below are answers to the FAQs:


When do they take place?

The Y6 SATs always take place in early May.  The SATs week for our current year 6 is the week beginning Monday 10th May 2010.


How long do they go on for?

The tests start on Monday morning and continue for the rest of the week.  Tests only take place in the morning, the afternoon sessions revert to the normal time table.  The last test is on Friday morning.


Which subjects are tested?

Literacy and Numeracy


How many tests are there?

There are 4 literacy papers:

  • Long writing paper – 45mins
  • Short writing paper – 20mins
  • Spelling test – 20 words
  • Reading comprehension paper


There are 3 maths papers:

  • Paper A no calculator allowed
  • Paper B calculator allowed
  • Mental maths – 20 questions


How are the papers marked?

All the papers are sent away to external markers who check them and then award a level.  The papers and the results are returned to school in early July.


What do the levels mean?

By the end of year 6 the majority of pupils are expected to achieve a level 4.  Anyone achieving a level 5 is working above national expectations.  However, there will be some children for whom achieving a level 3 is a real success and their efforts are to be applauded.


What can we do at home to prepare for the SATs?

Short 10 min sessions are better than hours spent poring over revision books.

Try to make it fun by turning it into a quiz or a race against the clock.

Turn the tables – get the children to teach you.  If they can teach it, they obviously understand it.


There are lots of revision books available at bookshops and there are hundreds of websites you could visit.  Follow the links in the menu on the left for ideas.