Next May our Year 6 children will be taking the Maths SAT Papers and now is the perfect time to start thinking about how they can achieve the best possible result. To help with this we have just published the Maths SAT Papers A and B for the last two years: 2010 and 2011. They are available completely free.
Help your child to be confident and capable of great results!
Understandably, many parents do not know very much about what is actually on the SAT Papers so here is a great chance to familiarise yourselves and get a much better idea of what is expected from Year 6 children.
More than this, it is very good practice for children to have a go at past papers so that they become familiar with taking a test and with the style and content of the questions. Many schools give their Year 6 children past papers to practice on, but completing a whole paper is not necessarily the best approach to further learning. My experience with doing this is that children answer the paper, it is marked and given back to them and apart from the mark they got, they show very little further interest in the questions. It can be quite a chore buy ambien from uk going through the whole paper! This is where our special page by page questions, answers and suggested methods saves the day.
We have split up past papers into single sheets, each with a further page on how the answers can be marked and suggested ways of approaching the questions. Taking one or two questions at a time is much better, and with the range of hints and tips included in the suggested methods it gives parents and children plenty to talk about.
This makes it much easier for a parent to know what to do. If a child gets the answer correct that is great, but it is still well worth talking about how they did it and compare their methods with the suggested methods we have given. If the child gets the answer wrong, then again, talk about it and look at the suggested methods. It might well be a good idea to have a go at some of the URBrainy worksheets on the same subject. Doing one or two questions at a time allows you to spend worthwhile time on each question rather than rushing through the whole paper.
Good luck with the SATs!