Last month, thousands of year 6 children across the country received their SATs results.
But it seems it is parents who have been finding them most challenging! Of the mums and dads in Yorkshire, including Doncaster, questioned by tuition provider, Explore Learning, only 16% scored full marks!
Most parents stumbled on literacy questions. Relative clauses proved especially puzzling with more than half of parents being unable to identify one in a sentence. When asked to: choose the relative clause in the following: I sent an email to my friend who lives in Australia 53% of parents couldn’t identify: who lives in Australia as the relative clause.
Less than a third (28%) of parents quizzed answered half or less of the questions correctly. Verbs and adjectives further perplexed parents. Nearly a third (32%) did not recognise deep as an adjective and 44% did not select the verb were to complete the sentence below.
See if you could pass!
Q1: Which word in this sentence is an adjective?
The coat I bought has deep pockets
Q2: What is 589 + 1,734?
Q3: Choose the relative clause in the following sentence
I sent an email to my friend who lives in Australia
sent an email
to my friend
who lives in Australia
A: who lives in Australia
Q4: Emma baked some cakes but didn’t have enough icing for them all. For every 4 cakes Emma baked, only 3 were iced. Altogether, 18 cakes were iced.
How many cakes did Emma bake?
Q5: Which number is 10 times greater than three hundred and four?
Q6: Which verb completes the sentence so that it uses the subjunctive form?
If I the teacher, I would let the class leave early
Lia Haskett, Curriculum Development Manager at Explore Learning says: “SATs questions are confusing for parents as the curriculum has changed so much since they were at school. Not only that, but two years ago a whole new style of papers were introduced for English and maths to reflect the latest National Curriculum. There is also a completely new SATs marking scheme and grading system which has replaced the previous National Curriculum levels. At Explore Learning we support the whole family in getting to grips with everything you need to know to be prepared for the SATs exams. We work with parents and children to ensure everyone knows exactly what to expect.”
Explore Learning has a number of centres across Yorkshire where children attend once or twice a week for sessions lasting approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. There is a 1:6 tutor ratio, the perfect balance between giving children individual support and encouraging independent learning.
Every child’s abilities are unique, that’s why every child has their own programme of work, which adapts to their own particular strengths and development needs. For children preparing for SATs exams that means building their confidence on every element of the tests and practising question types they’ll face, every session.
Visit the website to find your local Explore Learning centre www.explorelearning.co.uk