How to help your child prepare for the KS2 SATs?

KS2 SATs – Parent Presentation

  • First and foremost, support and reassure your child that there is nothing to worry about and they should always just try their best. Praise and encourage!

  • Ensure your child has the best possible attendance at school.

  • Support your child with any homework tasks.

  • Reading, spelling and arithmetic (e.g. times tables) are always good to practise.

  • Talk to your child about what they have learnt at school and what book(s) they are reading (the character, the plot, their opinion).

  • Make sure your child has a good sleep and healthy breakfast every morning!

Reading

  • Listening to your child read can take many forms.

  • First and foremost, focus developing an enjoyment and love of reading.

  • Enjoy stories together – reading stories to your child at KS1 and KS2 is equally as important as listening to your child read.

  • Read a little at a time but often.

  • Talk about the story before, during and afterwards – discuss the plot, the characters, their feelings and actions, how it makes you feel, predict what will happen and encourage your child to have their own opinions.

  • Look up definitions of words together – you could use a dictionary, the internet or an app on a phone or tablet.

  • All reading is valuable – it doesn’t have to be just stories. Reading can involve anything from fiction and non-fiction, poetry, newspapers, magazines, football programmes, TV guides.

  • Visit the local library - it’s free!

Writing

  • Practise and learn weekly spelling lists – make it fun!

  • Encourage opportunities for writing such as letters to family or friends, shopping lists, notes or reminders, stories or poems.

  • Write together.

  • Encourage use of a dictionary to check spelling and a thesaurus to find synonyms and expand vocabulary.

  • Remember that good readers become good writers! Identify good writing features when reading (e.g. vocabulary, sentence structure, punctuation).

Maths

  • Play times tables games.

  • Encourage your child to use Mathletics.

  • Play mental maths games including counting in different amounts, forwards and backwards.

  • Encourage opportunities for telling the time.

  • Encourage opportunities for counting coins and money; finding amounts or calculating change when shopping.

  • Look for numbers on street signs, car registrations and anywhere else!

  • Look for examples of 2D and 3D shapes around the home.

  • Identify, weigh or measure quantities and amounts in the kitchen or in recipes.

  • Play games involving numbers or logic, such as dominoes, card games, darts, draughts or chess.