Monday 11th - Friday 15th May 2020 - Distance Learning SATs week.
Good Morning Year 6,
We hope you are all well and enjoyed the sunny bank holiday weekend. I spent most of each day in the garden, away from the computer screen and it was delightful to just switch off and relax. I have also seen some fantastic ways in which people were celebrating VE day whilst following social distancing rules. Please send in any photos to share with us how you celebrated with your families.
As you will be aware, had we been at school this week, you would have been sitting your SATs tests. Despite the circumstances, we will still be giving you some assessments that we would like you to engage with in the best ways possible. Now we have finished the curriculum, these assessments will show us how much you have learnt over the year and if there is anything we need to recap with you before we break up for summer. We understand that the test conditions at home are different from the conditions at school, but please try to find a quiet space where you are alone, to complete each paper and stick to the allotted amount of time for each test. Please also do not cheat or look at answers midway through the tests - you want to be proud of yourselves and see how much progress you have made. When you have finished each test please send your scores to your teachers.
Below is an outline of the tests you will be doing each day:
Monday - SPaG paper and a spelling test (if you have someone that you live with who can read out the words this would be great). You will then have a reading task.
Tuesday - Reading paper and one lesson (this won’t be maths or English)
Wednesday - Arithmetic paper and one lesson (this won’t be maths or English)
Thursday - Problem solving and reasoning paper and a French lesson
Friday - Problem solving and reasoning paper
These assessments are nothing to stress about.
The answers will be uploaded too but please do not look at these answers until you have completed the assessments, for obvious reasons! We would like you to complete the assessments yourself, with no adult support, but if you have someone who is able to mark the answers and/or go through some of the paper with you afterwards, that would be an added bonus. However, this isn’t a necessity and we understand everyone is busy. We are here to support you with specific questions or methods you need help with after the tests. These assessments might also flag up personal targets for you that you will then want to work on, e.g. if you got all the multiplying fractions questions wrong then this is probably going to be an area that you need to revisit. Again, we can help you with this!
Along with uploading each assessment and the answers each day, we will give the instructions and timings so don’t panic.
Below are some top tips that you may find helpful throughout the week:
1: RELAX - Like I said, these assessments aren’t anything to worry about. They are going to inform our planning but also hopefully show you just how far you have come this year. We would like you to show off how much you have learnt and we want you to feel proud of what you have achieved. 😊
2: READ EVERYTHING CAREFULLY - You have all been encouraged to read regularly throughout school and now is a really important time to make sure you read everything carefully and slowly and make sure you understand what each question is asking of you.
3: SLEEP - Make sure you get an early night each evening, whilst keeping to normal timetable, try to avoid late nights, as sitting tests can be tiring.
4: PLAY MENTAL GAMES IN SPARE MOMENTS - Play mental games when you are not doing tests, whether you are walking or enjoying the sun. Playing card games, Uno, Monopoly and dominoes all help with Maths. Whereas games like hangman, Boggle or Scrabble will support with English.
5: FRESH AIR AND EXERCISE - Try to make sure you all get some fresh air when you have finished a day of testing.
6: STAY POSITIVE - Many children enjoy taking the tests and relish the challenge to prove to themselves just what they can do. Believe in yourselves!
7: KEEP IT IN PROPORTION - SATs are primary-school tests to gauge the education in the school and do not affect the secondary school your child will go to.
And a final tip for parents:
8: PRAISE - The most important thing is to give your child lots of praise as they will be doing their very best.
Good luck everyone and have a good Distance Learning SATs week!