Children make mistakes. And we're OK with that. It's how they learn. Although that's not so much the case when it comes to the key stage 2 tests when we kinda want them to make no mistakes at all and instead showcase all that they know.
But, as we all know, the unfamiliar environs of what is basically a set of exams can unnerve some children, and mistakes are easy to make. However, with a bit of sympathatic preparation for the year 6 SATs we can help children to avoid making the mistakes, and that's where these outrageously hilarious (that's just my opinion, but check out the reviews: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/powerpoint-to-introduce-the-2017-ks2-sats-reading-test-with-emojis-11589341 and check out this video of my year 6 daughter seeing them for the first time) introductory PowerPoints come in.
Contained within the above download (which will set you back just £5.99) are 4 brilliantly-funny PowerPoints which are packed full of absolute gems of wisdom regarding the KS2 SATS (oh, and emojis). The presentations pick up on all the usual mistakes that children make whilst completing the tests and provide light-hearted reminders about how not to make those mistakes.
Here's a scroll through of the maths reasoning PowerPoint:
You can also try-before-you-buy by grabbing a zero cost download before you buy the full PowerPoints. This sample features just a few of the slides from across the range of PowerPoints for each of the tests:
The PowerPoints contain essential information to ensure that children access the tests well. The advice given is less around the subjects themselves, and more about test technique.
I would advise that children see these BEFORE the morning of the real SATS - you don't want them just sitting and laughing at the pure comedy for 45 minutes instead of doing the tests.
DISCLAIMER: Whilst giving super-important advice, these presentations could be a little distracting (although, the aim is that they distract from the stress and allow teachers and children to feel a little more light-hearted).
Back when I hosted my resources on the TES website the previous iterations of these garnered much praise and 5 starrage:
For more SATs resources, visit my SATs collection: https://www.aidansevers.com/the-sats-collection