SATs can be a daunting time for primary school students, but with some preparation and planning you can help to get your class ready for their SATs and help them to feel more at ease as they get closer.
It’s important that as well as ensuring
they do their best academically, that you are looking after their mental
wellbeing. Students who feel less pressured and go in with a good mental state
will perform better overall.
Here are some top tips for helping your
students with their SATs:
- Be prepared
As the SATs approach, it’s key that you are
well prepared and have a rough lesson plan for the coming weeks. These lesson
plans can change depending on how you feel your students are progressing and
what they need to be working on, but it’s always good to start off with a
simple plan to make sure that you keep on the right track.
In each lesson, try to keep the topics and
the learning techniques varied. Following the curriculum is important, but
there may be different ways that you can teach certain areas that will appeal
to different learner types.
Past papers are an important part of
helping students understand what they need to do, particularly in year 6 SATs. Try
downloading some past papers and investing in some handy teaching packs
to help steer your lessons.
As SATs approach, it is a good idea to chat
to parents and explain the benefits of extra practice at home throughout the
week. Home learning is important as it
helps students get used to learning in a different environment and can help
them retain bits of information that they may not absorb during school.
As with at school, at home breaks should be
encouraged and parents can reward children for their hard work after they have
completed their study session. It is
important to remind the parents that they should support their child rather
than pressure them for the best results.
SATs are an important part of education and
help to determine the level that each child is at going forward, but the
environment in which a child learns can make all the difference.
Try to keep lessons as fun and engaging
impossible whilst still highlighting important information that students will
need to remember for the tests.
If the lessons are engaging then the
children will feel more positive towards both the subjects being taught and the