SATs Revision

SATs revision is a hot topic for teachers, parents and children. Some schools have a structured Year 6 SATs revision programme whilst others try not to mention SATs revision at all. The same can be true for parents.

SATs Revision for the 2018 KS2 SATs

The SATs exam period can be one of the most stressful times for a child. They often report feeling pressured or worried they will let down their parents, teachers or indeed themselves. To control stress it’s important that you and your child understand the relative significance of SATs. It’s also important that you have a realistic understanding about how to prepare them.

Why SATs?

The principle idea of SATs is to quantify what pupils have learned and understood during their Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6 inclusive). The Department for Education (DfE) processes these results and judges each school’s performance. These results are then used to create school league tables. The tests also help teachers learn each child’s strengths and weaknesses in English, Maths and Science.

KS2 SATs Practice Papers

Arguably, children should not do any SATs revision in Year 6. Indeed, the perfect scenario for these tests would be for no children to have prepared at all!

With a bit of preparation, stress can be managed.

Secondly, it’s important to remember that a child cannot “fail” a SATs test. There is no “pass mark”, it is simply trying to measure how much each child has learned throughout Key Stage 2.

Should we bother with SATs revision?

A child’s SATs results can have some important consequences. Firstly, they often “carry” their mark into secondary school. These marks are usually used to determine which academic stream they are placed in. For example, strong KS2 SATs results may lead to a child being placed in a more capable Maths set in secondary school.

Secondly, don’t underestimate how important it can be for a child to have a positive exam experience. SATs tests are often a child’s first set of “real” exams. If you’re lucky enough to know the feeling of acing a test, you’ll know how motivating this feeling can be. SATs revision in Year 6 isn’t especially inspiring but achieving top marks certainly is.

With a little work, your child can exceed their expectations.

Only a few years after their KS2 SATs, children will take their GCSEs. After these they will be preparing for their A-Levels, University exams and maybe more. Children need to see exams as a good thing – an opportunity to demonstrate just how much they know and understand.

We know they’re young and we know that SATs have little significance in the grand scheme of their education. However, telling them to bury their head in the sand because SATs “don’t matter” is not a good idea. It is not a great example to set and it’s certainly not what they should do for future tests!

We believe some Year 6 SATs revision is essential.

How should children prepare for their SATs?

How we recommend handling KS2 SATs revision:

  1. Target weaknesses.
  2. Tackle problems.
  3. Practise everything.

1. Target weaknesses – Talk to your child’s teacher.

If you’re not sure about what your child finds difficult, ask their teacher. Reassure them that you want to support your child to have a positive exam experience. Their teacher should be able to tell you what Year 6 SATs revision your child needs to focus on.

Make sure you probe them for exactly what’s troublesome, sometimes it can be surprising! Make a list and plan with your child how they’re going to tackle their Year 6 SATs revision. Inspire them with what they can achieve and think of a way to motivate them to achieve it.

Unsure of the topics yourself or confused about how your child’s been taught? Get a Study Book – they’ll help with SATs revision by explaining exactly what they need to know.

2. Tackle problems – Targeted workbooks.

Workbooks help children practise specific topics and work through their weaknesses. Does your child struggle with percentages, ratios, delimiters or spotting verbs within a sentence? Try using a workbook.

Exam Ninja sells a wide variety of workbooks to help with SATs revision in Year 6. Whether it’s Maths SATs revision, Reading or SPaG, we’ve got the perfect workbook for them. Full answers are always included.

3. Practise everything – Past papers and practice papers.

Past SATs papers are simply SATs tests from previous years. All previous KS2 SATs papers are available to download for free from our sister website – https://www.sats-papers.co.uk

KS2 SATs Practice Papers

Your child’s teacher may well plan a series of “mock” exams for them to take in school. These may be referred to as “SATs Revision Papers” or similar. They will most likely be the previous year’s SATs papers. It’s important that you make sure not to use these as for SATs revision at home to avoid skewing their teacher’s predictions. If in doubt, ask their teacher.

SATs revision can be rewarding and…fun!

KS2 SATs revision should not only focus on a child’s weaknesses but also their strengths. Ensure they’re practising topics they’re comfortable with and topics they would rather avoid.

For comprehensive KS2 SATs revision and to help ensure there’s no mixing up marks, try SATs practice papers. SATs practice papers are tests that have been crafted to prepare children for their SATs. They offer challenging questions and full answers so you can check their progress.

Exam Ninja sells plenty of KS2 SATs practice papers to help your child feel prepared.

SATs Exam Week

The KS2 SATs exam week is normally the second full week in May. The 2018 KS2 SATs tests take place in the week commencing 14th May 2018.

Throughout the exam week, do what you can to help ensure they’re eating, drinking and sleeping well. They will also need regular study breaks to help them maintain a positive attitude.

If they don’t feel an exam went well, encourage them to focus on their next exam. It’s important that they maintain motivation and continue to try their best. Don’t forget, we want them to have a positive experience!

If you have any questions about the 2018 KS2 SATs or Key Stage 2 SATs revision in general, ask Exam Ninja. We know just about everything there is to know about KS2 SATs tests.

Good luck in May!

51 Replies to “SATs Revision”

  1. Hi I am a ten year old I am preparing for my SATS ,it is a bit presuring and if you are a adult reading this talk to your children have them do let’s say half an hour on spelling practice half an hour on reading half an hour on math and then give them a treat .a treat,will show them you are glad they are trying and that’s all you want,which does help .

    1. Wow same! I am 11 and I am preparing, the best thing to do is always revise what you get wrong in school. Good Luck in may too๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›

      1. And you Sophia. I just turned 11 in March. I’m a top student in my school but I wanna be In the top classes in Secondary school ๐Ÿ™‚
        Good luck Sophia in may if your doing SATS XD

      2. I am 11 and im so stressed for the SATs I really hope I pass them a good way to revise is add colour and diagrams to your revisment book. Also you can use index cards and carry them around. You could also get a free app where you can make your own index cards called “Quizlet”

        1. I am so stressed from the sats the only thing that comes to me is failing the sats. And i wont be happy as i passed the 11 plus so if i fail this i might never go to grammar school and that’s like my dream school ever.If i dont pass i dont think i could ever face the world again due to humilation.If anyone knows what i’m going through please reply.

          1. Please don’t feel humiliated if the test doesn’t go as well as you hoped. Everyone learns and develops at different rates. If you don’t do as well as you hoped now, you have years to make up the difference. My husband got a B in his GCSE maths and I got an A*. I can confidently say that he is now, years later, the better mathematician. He does maths now that looks like complete nonsense to me. Getting into your dream school doesn’t automatically mean that you will do better as a result. I went to a school with a 53% pass rate and did better on my GCSEs than both my husband and sister who went to schools with 100% pass rates – your attitude to learning is what is important. As long as you try your best and keep working on your weaknesses, you will improve no matter where you are.

            I teach Year 6 and it angers me to see children get so worried. Each year there are at least 2 or 3 children who suddenly find their feet and after years of not understanding suddenly get it. Even if they don’t get into the top set in secondary school, I hope that I have helped those children to have the resilience and drive to concentrate and try their best so that they can continue to get better and better. A set of tests at the age of 11 shouldn’t and don’t determine how well you will do in later life.

            In short, don’t worry if you don’t do well in these tests and don’t get into your dream school. The fact that you are worrying about these things at your age shows me that you care about your education. Your desire to improve and do well is all that you really need to flourish in secondary school. Listen to your teachers, work hard and stay positive. Good Luck!

    2. in the middle of SATS right now I’m 11 btw I know the pressure but try your hardest and you’ll succeed . Good Luck guys !!

    1. Hi Mubashara welcome to Great Britain. I hope your enjoying the country ๐Ÿ˜‰
      It is lovely isn’t it.
      I’m sorry to hear you need help to learn these things but unfortunately we cannot give you those kinds of questions ๐Ÿ™
      Try looking on BBC bitesize y6 revision and tests
      And try and make studying FUN!!!!!

  2. So basically my teachers talk BALONY by saying “you pass” and “you fail” but the most important thing is DO NOT WORRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. i feel so pressured for sats its stressing me out I worried in case I do terrible I want to do well I want to have that feeling that I did well but I feel like I wont but what shall I do I need lots of revision I know but how will I stop stressing?

    1. Hay private name
      I was getting really worried and stressed 2 but I am feeling better about the SATS. Just keep in mind they R using yr score 2 show how well yr school has taught you, it isn’t something that will affect the rest of yr school life. Starting revision and doing past papers has helped me. My dad says that you just need to try your best, that’s all you can do. I think the same will help you

  4. Hello Iโ€™m Emily Iโ€™m preparing for SATs. Iโ€™m scared but I know everyone will get good marks!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Don’t worry Emily ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m scared too. I am basically one of the top in my class, but I’m worried someone is gonna do way better than me though.
      The important thing is that you don’t worry to much. A good trick is to when you receive your results. If you don’t like them don’t let anyone see the result, just put a smile on your face like your enjoying how well you have done ๐Ÿ˜‰ XD
      xxx study hard :0

      1. I am having Sat papers and I am very nervous because I think I will get low grades can you help me with any site that will make the Year 3 questions easier

  5. SATs exams test how well the SCHOOL have taught you. Nobody sitting the exam should be stressed or worried in any way. If your school has provided you with revision material – revise. There is seriously no need to worry.

  6. My mum didn’t know how to help me with my SATS tests and revision but after showing her this my confidence has boosted. Also, I feel a little less stressed about making sure that I get a good mark. Thanks!

  7. its good to revise a lot for SATs but you will need a break and I’m also preparing for SATs, and I feel fine after a lot of encouragement from my family GOOD LUCK!

  8. Hiii, I am really worried about SATs and everything but the key point is that you have the right attitude , mind set and lastly do your best :);)

  9. Well I think SATS is nothing to worry about actually. I just revise my mistakes from recently done papers and as a little fun exercise I like to play fun and educational games! The important thing is that you don’t overthink it and just be relaxed.

  10. Hi, Iโ€™m an adult working within the NHS. It makes me really sad to read how โ€˜stressed outโ€™ children are about SATs. Children of primary school age should NOT be feeling this level of pressure! My main concern is the mental health of my daughter and other children who feel pressured by SATs. Remember kids you are all amazing in your own way, we need all kinds of people to make the world go round NOT just academics! Do what you can but donโ€™t be hard on yourselves if you donโ€™t achieve high grades, SATS are not the be all and end all!

  11. When ever I take test I all ways fail now that am 11 and I am having my SATs in may I am trying
    In reading I am really confident
    In maths the same
    In English I hate it cuz my teacher picks on me cuz I don’t put my hand up the reason is I don’t like English

  12. Hi everyone I am 11 and itโ€™s less then a week until the SATs , I am not that worried,to everyone who is, just smile and try your best , think of it as an end to all the hard work ๐Ÿ™‚ . Also , with all the revision , I am pretty everyone is going to get more than half right at least.๐Ÿ˜„GOOD LUCK!!

  13. Hi everyone I am 11 and itโ€™s less then a week until the SATs , I am not that worried,to everyone who is, just smile and try your best , think of it as an end to all the hard work ๐Ÿ™‚ . Also , with all the revision , I am pretty everyone is going to get more than half right at least.๐Ÿ˜„GOOD LUCK!

  14. I can agree that preparing for sats is hard it’s probably the most stressful thing in primary but you don’t have to worry because they won’t stop from getting a job when your older or anything there just TESTS to put you into groups in secondary school don’t panic.

  15. Hi Iโ€™m 11 and I have SATS on Monday 14th so I only have 1 school day left to learn then it is up to me to revise. I was really scared until I read this website and read the comments. My weakest subject is maths reasoning and that is on Wednesday morning and Thursday if you would like to know the other dates go on the website GOV.com and they give all the dates so you know when u are doing something. Donโ€™t be worried there are lots of useful sites out there to help like mathsframe, spellingframe and bbc bitesize witch have a lot of useful tips, videos, games and more you can explore have a go at. Good luck to all of u and sleep and revise!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  16. I have one more day until SAT’s, I cant wait to do them – All of you reading this before them I know it may be worried there is nothing… And I mean nothing to worry about, if your reading this
    before your SAT’s and your not worried well congrats you have earned the status of stone hearted GOD, THERE IS NOTHING TO WORRIE ABOUT ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. I am a 10 year old and my sats are tomorrow. I am sooooo nervous about how things are going to be. hopefully if I have worked hard enough then my will trash my mock sats results,. If other children are worried about sats then all I can say is to just think that the teachers are all exaggerating about how ‘ hard ‘ they are and how dearly they want us to pass. It can just be thought of as a lesson but with no talking or asking the teacher.

    HOPE I PASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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