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KS2 English SATs 2016

The new SATs for KS2 (which your child will sit aged 11) consist of the following: English Reading Paper This paper consists of a reading booklet, which will include three texts (most likely a poem, a story and an information text).  Children are also given a separate...

KS2 Maths SATs 2016

The new SATs for KS1 (which your child will sit aged 11) consist of the following: Arithmetic Paper This paper tests children on the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).  Children will be asked questions similar to the following: 6007...

KS1 English SATs 2016

The new SATs for KS1 (which your child will sit aged 7) consist of the following: English Reading Paper 1 This paper consists of a reading text and comprehension questions.  On each page, children are given a section of text and then a few questions to answer on that...

KS1 Maths SATs 2016

The new SATs for KS1 (which your child will sit aged 7) consist of the following: Arithmetic Paper This paper tests children on the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).  Children will be asked questions similar to the following: 6 + 7,...

Number bond frogs

  An activity to engage pond-loving children!  See if you can find a picture of a frog on the internet and then copy it 5 times and print it out.  Do the same with a picture of a lily pad.  (Alternatively you could find outlines of both if your child wants to...

Multiplication activity

Lego can be a great way to teach your child multiplication and division.  One way to do this is to give them a number and ask them to represent this as a 'block' or rectangle.  For example: if you give them the number 30, they need to look at the circles on the top of...

Compound words

Help your child to learn the spelling of compound words with this engaging activity: take a piece of lined A4 paper and hold it portrait.  Fold both sides inwards so that the sides touch in the middle.  You will probably want to use two lines of the paper per word....

Number bonds to ten – hidden number

  Write numbers 1 to 10 on the bottom of ten lolly sticks.  Roll out some playdough and then stick the lolly sticks (hiding the numbers) into the playdough (or you could use sand).  Ask your child to take out any number.  What number do they have to add to this...

Prime numbers

A prime number is a number that can only be divided by one or itself.  It is important your child knows their prime numbers off-by-heart for their 11+ as the concept is very likely to arise.  This game will help them to have fun while doing this!  Cut up some card so...

SATs practice motivation

It is common for children to find reading comprehensions boring and laborious.  A good way to prepare for the reading part of your child's SATs test, is to give them short, daily reading comprehensions (lasting no more than 15 - 20 minutes).  It is also good to tackle...

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