The Countdown to the 2020 KS2 SATs Has Begun…
Tick Tock, Tick Tock…to the KS2 SATs test papers
The countdown has begun for the KS2 SATs test papers. You, the Year 6 teacher, need to ensure that all your pupils achieve the expected 100 standard & beyond, to ensure that your schools’ league performance goes up but never down, to ensure that parents, SLT and Ofsted (!) are happy. Is this supposed to make me feel better? Don’t worry, take a deep breath and read on.
Here are some tips on what can be done to ensure you and your pupils are ready for the SATs test:
1. You have time
The Year 6 2020 test papers are in, yes…2020. However, that doesn’t mean you can be complacent. Conduct a baseline test as soon as possible. This will give you an initial snapshot of areas for intervention. You can use the government 2018 KS2 SATs test papers from this year. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-2-tests-2018-mathematics-test-materials or if you’d like a baseline but with instant marking… get in touch!
As the old saying goes, ‘failing to plan is planning to fail!’. As teachers, it part of our DNA but it’s not just planning – it is planning effectively. A great resource is the “White Rose planning Schemes of Learning.”
Also remember, you are not an island. Collaborate with your colleagues and ask questions, request progress data and get advice on what were the intervention areas.
3. Share best practice
Sharing best practice in teaching should be essential, after all teaching is a collaborative process – helping our colleagues and sharing what we know works can help not only our teaching practices, but our pupil’s results.
Check out our 5 ways to help your pupils with the KS2 SATs Maths test papers. https://satscompanion.com/5-best-ways-to-help-your-child-with-the-ks2-maths-test-in-may/
Another great way to get feedback almost immediately is to share your ideas – both publicly (on the web/TES etc) or within your school. Also, you could observe lessons and have your teaching critiqued. Feedback is so valuable and can lead you to your own areas of CPD.
4. Practice, Practice, Practice
This doesn’t mean regurgitating the KS2 SATs test papers test after test. You will find some great resources online such as BBC Bitesize English KS2 or BBC Bitesize Maths KS2 (BBC Bitesize are linking partners with SATs Companion. Click on the SATs Companion link and see how schools improved results up to 29% in one year.
We will be posting more information surrounding the KS2 SATs test paper.
As always, we are here to help. if you have any queries regarding the KS2 SATs test papers, feel free to contact us.
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