Year 6 SAT Preparation
Children starting Year 6 in September will face the prospect of KS2 SATs exams in maths and English (spelling & grammar) in May. There’s no need to panic, but preparation is key.
Our SAT preparation lessons will help prepare and more importantly, build confidence and understanding in what will be tested in Maths & SPAG.
There is no magic; no waves of a wand; no fairy dust that can be applied..
It’s simply being methodical, being in a relaxed environment, with fun & interactive lessons and being prepared. As part of our SATs programme, we cover only Maths & SPAG, as we believe these are the fundamental topics that students currently struggle with.
We have been running our SATs programme now for over 4 years with fantastic feedback from both parents and students. Each lesson lasts for 60 minutes and has no more than 10 children per class. We provide all the material that is required for the lesson plus refreshments.
Lessons are held in Telford at The Circle, HLC, Hadley.
Lessons are booked termly and you are expected to attend each lesson in order to get the most out of the programme.
Further information on lesson dates and pricing can be found on our Year 6 SAT Package page.
You are required to book in advance as we will not accept anyone that turns up on the day without pre-booking first.
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Our SATs Programme
The students will need to sit the SATs exams in the following subjects and they consist of:
Key Stage 2 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG)
SPAG test will consist of two parts; a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting about 15 minutes. The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:
- Selected response e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’
- Constructed response e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe?’
Key Stage 2 Maths
Children will sit three papers in maths:
- Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes (written)
- Papers 2 and 3: mathematical fluency, solving problems and reasoning, 40 minutes per paper
Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and divisions. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:
- Multiple choice
- True or false
- Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart
- Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem.
Whilst reading forms part of the SAT exam we exclude it from our programme due to the time constraints and in-depth analysis required of the content. We feel that time is better utilised concentrating on maths and SPAG.
Key Stage 2 Reading
The reading test will provisionally be a single paper with questions based n one 800-word text and two passages of 300 words. Your child will have one hour, which includes reading time, in which to complete the test. There will be a selection of question types, including:
- Ranking/ordering e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’
- Labelling e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’
- Find and copy e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’
- Short structured response e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
- Open-ended responses e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout the paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’
Not all children in Year 6 will take the science SATs and therefore we do not include it as part of our SATs programme. A number of schools throughout the UK will be required to take part in science sampling: a test administered to a selected sample of children thought to be representative of the population as a whole.
We use the following learning centres to deliver our SATs Programme.
HLC (The Circle)
HLC (The Circle)
Waterloo Rd, Telford, Shropshire TF1 5NU
2019 SAT Schedule
We currently understand the SATs week to be taken on the following dates (subject to LEA changes):
Monday 13 May
Tuesday 14 May
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling
Wednesday 15 May
Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
Thursday 16 May
Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning
Excellent tutoring, my child came away a different person. Adele helped her find her ‘lost confidence’ and she now even enjoys Maths & English.Vanessa Mills
Adele is so patient and enthusiastic. She helped my daughter so much & gave her a lot more confidence in the classroom.Deb Heath
Thank you so much for all the hard work you have done with Morgan! Its wonderful to see her confidence grow and the realisation that she can do it!Cassie Marie Hanmer-Evans