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Key Stage 1 SATs

Key Stage 1 SATs

The National Curriculum tests or SATs can seem like a daunting part of your child’s education but, if you know what to expect, they don’t need to be scary for you or your child!

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Geometry & shapes in Year 4 (age 8–9)

Geometry & shapes in Year 4 (age 8–9)

In Year 4, your child will learn about acute and obtuse angles. They will also be introduced to coordinates and will be able to describe translations, and will build upon their knowledge of shape properties.

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Everyday assessment

Everyday assessment

Discover how and why your child is assessed at school, and find out about all the major tests they’ll be expected to take at primary school.

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Geometry & shapes in Year 2 (age 6–7)

Geometry & shapes in Year 2 (age 6–7)

In Year 2, your child will learn to describe 2D and 3D shapes using accurate mathematical vocabulary. They will also learn to find 2D shapes in 3D shapes, to arrange shapes into patterns, and to talk about rotation.

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Why does your child need a dictionary?

Why does your child need a dictionary?

Dictionaries are great for developing your child’s vocabulary, but not just any will do. Publisher Sam Armstrong explains how Oxford Children’s Dictionaries can support your child.

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The 11+

The 11+

Considering applying for your local grammar or independent school? Find out more about the 11+ exam and how you can help your child prepare at home.

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Phonics screening check

Phonics screening check

Everything you need to know about the phonics screening check, taken by 6-year-olds in Year 1. Phonics advice for parents and activities to try at home.

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Algebra in Year 6 (age 10–11)

Algebra in Year 6 (age 10–11)

In Year 6, your child will start using simple formulae, will describe number sequences using letters as symbols, and will find unknowns in an equation.

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Non-verbal reasoning

Non-verbal reasoning

Parents with children in Year 6 will probably hear about non-verbal reasoning a lot. But what exactly is non-verbal reasoning?

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Geometry & shapes in Year 6 (age 10–11)

Geometry & shapes in Year 6 (age 10–11)

In Year 6, your child will draw and build shapes using information about length and angles. They will plot points and shapes on a full coordinate grid, and will translate and reflect shapes.

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The word gap: How to build your child’s vocabulary at home

The word gap: How to build your child’s vocabulary at home

Oxford University Press surveyed over 1,300 teachers who reported that the word gap is not only affecting children’s achievement at school but also that it can have a damaging impact on self-esteem and children’s ability to make friends. Find out what you can do to encourage language development at home.

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Geometry & shapes in Year 5 (age 9–10)

Geometry & shapes in Year 5 (age 9–10)

In Year 5, your child will use acute, obtuse, and reflex angles and will draw and measure angles in degrees. They will translate and reflect shapes, and will investigate regular and irregular polygons.

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Key Stage 2 SATs

Key Stage 2 SATs

Find out what will be expected of your child in the KS2 SATs taken at the end of Year 6, and how you can support them at home.

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Using the Bond 10 Minute Tests

Using the Bond 10 Minute Tests

11+ tutor and writer Michellejoy Hughes explains how using the short Bond 10 Minute Tests can really help with structuring summer revision for the 11+

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Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week one

Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week one

Advice from James Clements about how you can help your child to do their very best in the KS2 national tests, and how the assessments can be approached so that they’re a positive experience for everyone involved.

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Statistics in Year 2 (age 6–7)

Statistics in Year 2 (age 6–7)

In Year 2, your child will learn to draw simple charts and graphs. They will be able to sort categories by their quantities and will be able to compare sets of data.

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Statistics in Year 4 (age 8–9)

Statistics in Year 4 (age 8–9)

In Year 4, your child will learn to use time graphs. They will also solve problems by interpreting and analysing graphs, and will be able to answer more complex questions based on statistics.

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What to expect in Year 1 (age 5–6)

What to expect in Year 1 (age 5–6)

Find out what your child will learn in the year 1 primary curriculum for literacy and maths and ways to support home learning. Learn more about the phonics screening test.

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KS2 SATs: Maths

KS2 SATs: Maths

Find out all about the Key Stage 2 SATs maths test. Take a look at our advice, activities, videos, and books to help support your child.

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Maths is everywhere!

Maths is everywhere!

Maths expert Louise Pennington shares her advice for developing your child’s maths skills during school closures by exploring maths in the real world.

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Working with school (in strange times)

Working with school (in strange times)

James Clements shares his advice on how we can work together with teachers to help our children be happy and confident at school, and gives his tips on getting the most out of parents’ evening.

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Getting ready to start school

Getting ready to start school

Read our top five tips for getting your child school-ready, download our Starting School checklist and print a certificate for your child.

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Statistics in Year 5 (age 9–10)

Statistics in Year 5 (age 9–10)

In Year 5, your child will learn to read and create number lines. They will interpret timetables and will solve problems using statistical information from graphs and charts.

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KS2 SATs: Reading

KS2 SATs: Reading

Find out all about the Key Stage 2 SATs reading test. Take a look at our advice, activities, videos, and books to help support your child.

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Teaching maths at home

Teaching maths at home

Mathemagician Andrew Jeffrey suggests ways you can support your child’s maths development at home without needing to be an expert.

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Back to school BINGO

Back to school BINGO

Frustrated by single-word answers from your child about the first few weeks at school? Get the conversation started with our Back to school BINGO card.

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