In a recent open evening meeting at Pilling Primary School, parents of Year 5/6 pupils were given an insight into Secondary Attainment Testing (SATS) and in particular, how their children would be preparing for these tests.

Organised by Head Teacher, Elaine Benjamin and Year 5/6 Teacher, Carol Youde the evening began with a welcome from Elaine who spoke about the purpose of SATS exams and how parents can support their children in the lead up to the sitting of these tests. She then went on to discuss last year’s results and stressed the importance of working harder this year in aiming to reach the set targets.

Parents, accompanied by their children, were reminded of the utmost importance of working as a team (parents, teachers and children) in order to excel in their educational opportunities.

Parents (with the support of their child) were then set a challenge of a Mental Maths Test which required answers to be given in a set response time.

SATS EveningFollowing this, parents were then taken through the steps of a variety of sample papers – Reading, Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling and Maths. This year both the Reading and Maths papers will have slight changes to them.

A few parents expressed concerns about the pressure these tests put on 10-11 year old pupils. As a result, parents were given Maths Skills prompt sheets, enabling them to help their child at home. They were also given a SATS Maths paper as a homework task, allowing the parent and child to work together.

The evening was very successful and an eye opener for those parents in attendance.

Education and Employment Directorate

SHG

16 December 2013

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