Year 6 SATs Preparation Plan

December 27, 2021
December 27, 2021 The Spark Tutoring Team

If your child is in Year 6, they should be preparing for the SATs, which are around the corner. As the teachers work to cover the curriculum, it’s essential to have a preparation plan to help the student revise for the upcoming SATs.

It’s not just parents with students in Year 6 who should be thinking about the SATs. Students should start preparing for the SATs as early as the summer of Year 5. Whether you’re an early prepper or a little late, you need to have a preparation plan to help you make the most out of the time you have left.

Practice mental maths

In Year 6, your child should have the ability to do sums in their head. It is an important skill that will be fully tested during the SATs.

You can improve your child’s mental maths ability is by encouraging them to practice mental maths. It’s the only way. Therefore, they will need to get engaged and practice quite often.

There are several ways you can help your child integrate mental maths practice into everyday situations. You can ask the child to double-check till-receipts, count the change or keep scores during family game nights. The more practice you can work into regular activities, the better they will get.

Constantly keep your child in situations where they have to solve mathematical problems without a calculator. This way, they’ll be able to produce accurate answers when they sit for their Year 6 SATs.

Don’t forget problem-solving

At Year 6, your child is at the KS2 level, where the students are often asked to complete three maths papers. One is in arithmetic and the other in reasoning. These exams require astute problem-solving skills, which pupils get from key mathematical operations like addition, division, subtraction, and multiplication.

Ensure your child has as much practice as possible working with fractions, percentages and decimals and learn to show all their working. One of the best ways to ensure they get enough practice on problem-solving skills is to use practice SAT papers.

Reading and comprehension

Your child will need to demonstrate their reading comprehension abilities in their Year 6 SATs. You can help your child prepare for this aspect of the exam by encouraging them to read a wide range of texts written in different styles. Discuss the texts together with the child. Focus on the characters and structures of the texts as much as possible.

You can ask the child questions about the text they’ve read and discuss it together. This is beneficial in enhancing their reading comprehension skills. With reading comprehension, the more your child spends at it, the quicker they improve, and better they get. They will also decode the words and understand the vocabulary better.

Advance on fractions

Historically, Year 6 SATs student struggle with multi-step questions, especially when fractions are involved. When the fractions involve different operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, the student struggle even more.

As part of the preparation, the student should focus on working through multi-step questions that involve a lot of fractions. Start by ensuring that the child has a firm grasp of fractions as a concept on its own. Slowly introduce other questions that require additional mathematical knowledge.

Get some SATs practice exam papers 

There’s no better way to familiarise your child with SATs than using SATs practice exam papers. Using practice papers ensures you cover as much ground as possible. The papers also allow the child to familiarise themselves with the layout of the SATs exams and get more comfortable and less anxious about them.

When working with practice papers, try to conduct them under timed conditions to ensure the child gains as much experience as possible on how to approach the questions and distribute time on each question effectively.

Considering that most students tend to be scoreless in the questions placed towards the end of the paper shows time management is a vital factor in teaching the child during preparation to ensure they allocate sufficient time to each question.

Hire a tutor

Tutors are an underused resource that can drastically improve the students’ performance and prove valuable in helping the students prepare for their Year 6 SATs. Hiring a tutor can help you strike a balance between your other responsibilities and ensure that your child’s academic needs are catered for.

What’s more, tutors have done the same SATs and excelled. They are the best equipped to help your child prepare and come up with a plan that will propel your child to succeed. When hiring a maths tutor, take time to find the best with a proven track record for the best experience and results.

Closing Remarks

When coming up with a preparation plan for Year 6 SATs, it is highly advisable to start as soon as possible. You don’t have to wait until the exams are around the corner to start the preparations. The earlier you start, the better your chances of success