Is your child ready for their English SATs? Do you want to ensure they are fully prepared for their English exams? Then look no further! Here at How2Become, we have created the COMPLETE guide to assist your child during their English SATs. Packed full of sample questions for both the grammar, punctuation and spelling papers, and the reading and comprehension paper – this is a guide guaranteed to improve your child’s English ability.
What Will I Be Assessed On?
During the English SAT, you will be required to undertake the following papers:
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling paper;
Reading and Comprehension paper.
As of 2016, the SATs are being changed and adapted. The government have made changes to these assessments to make sure that the tests not only maintain the high levels of academic knowledge taught in schools, but ensures that students are provided an equal and reasonable chance of scoring highly in their assessments.
Making The Most Out Of REVISION
Your child needs to be competent and confident to undergo their SATs. That is why, here at How2Become, we have created several English Is Easy guides to ensure your child reaches their maximum potential.
We all know how stressful exam times can be, but with a little help, and interactive resources, we feel that your child will walk into their exam feeling able to cope with the pressures of the exam.
Like I mentioned above, we have created other revision guides to help you and your child through the exam process.
Take a look at our Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling guide, and our Reading and Comprehension guide. Both these guides break down each element of the English SAT, which will allow your child to fully understand and engage with different topics discussed.
How To Monitor Your Child’s Progression
Below I have provided you with some key points which you should consider when monitoring your child’s progression.
Remember, it is important to keep track of how well your child is doing in their revision sessions, to ensure that they are ready for their assessments.
The optimum way to monitor your child’s progression before their English examinations, is to use practice papers to determine whether or not they are improving.
Although you do not want to bombard your child with testing papers, giving your child a few practice papers leading up to their SATs will allow them to progress at a steady speed.
Instead of cramming in loads of practice a couple of weeks before your child’s exam, you should try spreading these out across a few months. That way your child will feel more relaxed, which will enable them to increase their learning over a steady period of time.
Ultimately, the more practice that your child endures, the better results they will achieve in their SATs.
We strongly advise that you work through a practice paper with your child, to find out what they struggle with. You can then work on those weaker areas to ensure they are bettered. You can test their progression by giving your child the same questions to practice with, and see whether they have learnt how to work them out. If they have, then move on to the next weak area. If not, continue working on those questions until they master them. Do this for each of their weak areas, until they feel fully competent in tackling all the questions.
The KEY Skills For The English Assessment
During their academic life, children from the age of 7 will undergo many exams and assessments. Whilst assessments in Key stage 2 are not considered extremely important, they do provide a guideline as to the progress of each individual child.
During the Key Stage 2 English SAT, children will undergo papers that will assess particular skills and abilities.
Below I have broken this down to give you some indication as to what is expected from your child during their SATs.
|GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION & SPELLING
|Demonstrate good use of grammar, and showing understanding of the context in which it was written.
|Demonstrate a good use of English vocabulary.
|Understand the importance of Standard English.
|Understand different literary techniques such as metaphors, similes, irony etc.
|Understand the difference between verbs, adjectives, nouns, adverbs etc.
|Understand the different punctuation marks used, and what they mean.
|READING & COMPREHENSION
|Demonstrate a good ability to read a text and pick out key information.
|Understand the different writing styles including fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry.
|Understand the importance of the works of Shakespeare and how he influenced English writing.
|Being able to interpret the text in a particular way.
|Analyse key phrases and words.
|Understand why the author has used something in a particular way.
Key Stage 2 English Is Easy – PRACTICE PAPERS
Laid out in the style of an exam, children will be able to make the most of their practice papers, by engaging with not only the exam questions, but the format and marking scheme that is used during their assessment.
GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION, SPELLING
Lalita needs your help! Draw a line to match each prefix with the correct word, in order to make a new word.
Circle the correct spelling of the word in the sentences below.
a) I am quiet / quite happy with my exam results.
b) We need to alter this loose / lose knot.
c) Are / Our shopping trip was really successful.
d) My grandpa is really fragile and week / weak.
READING AND COMPREHENSION
Anil needs your help. The poems use different literary techniques in their writing. Match the term up with the correct example. The examples will have been taken directly from the passages.
List five adjectives that the poet uses in ‘Countryside by Day’.
PRACTICE QUESTIONS – ANSWERS
a) I am quite happy with my exam results.
b) We need to alter this loose knot.
c) Our shopping trip was really successful.
d) My grandpa is really fragile and weak.
Simile = as precious as a royalty’s ring.
Alliteration = sleeping soundly.
Onomatopoeia = buzzed through the empty, childless park.
Personification = an oak tree wrinkled.
Oxymoron = a waking dream.
Supportive, strong, perfect, precious, peaceful