## Springtime means SATs! Teachers are perpetually short of time, and this important half term can fly by so quickly that it can be hard to ensure that your Year 6 pupils know everything they need to. Reaching for SATs past papers is one way to do this, but merely training children to pass the exam can often mean that some learning gaps are left by the wayside in the name of meeting exam expectations. ![alt text](/filestore/BlogImage/3bb79d32-8e21-4b9f-a911-f9a9909f5c40/e19e7c5b-f439-481c-b1f0-6a1a65dc679csprin.jpg "Spring") ## Is this the toughest SATs in years? That was the question posed at our latest webinar. Two teachers at Cannon Park Primary School in Coventry, Tom and James, shared their tips on how to ensure that encroaching SATs dread is a thing of the past! Here are a few of their top tips, as well as some insights from our SATs experts. ## Complete curriculum coverage is key Covering everything that your pupils need to know is easier said than done, we all know that. However, Tom and James found a learning tool that helped them ensure everything was covered whilst keeping their children engaged. **_"We want to make sure that our pupils are as prepared as they can be, and we have done that this year by finding engaging ways in which our pupils enjoy learning everything they need to know. Learning by Questions is one of those resources that never gets any kickback from the pupils"_** James also noted that finding a teaching tool that covered all the KS2 curriculum helped him save time in preparing resources. **_"Rather than scouring the internet for revision material, with LbQ, all the modules are covered and you can be up and running in minutes with your children engaged"_** --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ### 60 Second SATs Tip Here's how Emily Weston works SATs style questions into the every day routine of her classroom. [Watch here](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnzXmS8pD9M) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ## Addressing learning gaps instils essential knowledge Once again, this is easier said than done. Whether it be huge class sizes or just the lingering spectre of lost learning from lockdown, there are so many learning gaps to be filled and so little time. Luckily, Tom and James were prepared... **_"Learning gaps are so much more prominent over the last couple of years, and they are something that we have been looking to reduce schoolwide. Learning by Questions is fantastic for this as it gives us a snapshot of these learning gaps. We can see what's been missed at Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, and then we can plug those gaps as soon as possible." _** ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ### 60 Second SATs TIP **Our friend and Year 6 teacher, Sophie Bartlett, gives us another alternative way to address SATs misconceptions in your classroom! ** [Watch here](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0tLvHLtc4g) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ## SATs past papers aren't the only way to prepare It makes complete sense to use SATs past papers to prepare your pupils for May, but with the effort that goes into finding, printing, marking and then returning them, it is hardly the most efficient use of time. Tom and James found an alternative way of prepping their classrooms. **_"I don't want to preach to any Year 6 teachers about mock papers because I know how helpful they can be. But, the SATs style sets on Learning by Questions are a great alternative path that engage the pupils, giving them instant feedback and saving us time."_** ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ![alt text](/filestore/BlogImage/3bb79d32-8e21-4b9f-a911-f9a9909f5c40/c0ae7150-be60-40e9-a622-6aca456ef137Screenshot2022-03-29123109.png "webinar") [Watch here](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1ga2nDEkqM) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Those are just a few of the points raised in what was a lively discussion between our contributors, as well as some helpful tips from our friends Sophie and Emily. Click above to see a recording of the full webinar, which also contains a demo of our SATs resources by our KS2 experts, Darryl and Kate. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ### More SATs tips ### [Five Common GPS SATs Errors](https://www.lbq.org/Blog/SATs-GPS-Errors) ### [The importance of mental strategies for SATs success](https://www.lbq.org/Blog/mental-strategies-for-sats-success) ### [5 common primary maths SATs mistakes and how to solve them](https://www.lbq.org/Blog/primary-maths-SATs-mistakes) ### [Top Tips for the SATs Reading Paper](https://www.lbq.org/Blog/SATsreadingpapertips) ### [What you might expect to see in the 2022 SATs exams ](https://www.lbq.org/Blog/satsanalysis) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------