Key Stage One SATS - Advice for Parents

How to help your child to support their learning.

  • Support and reassure your child that there is nothing to worry about and that they should always just try their best. Praise and encourage!

  • Ensure your child has the best possible attendance at school.

  • Support your child with any homework tasks.

  • Reading, spelling and arithmetic (e.g. times tables) are always good to practise.

  • Talk to your child about what they have learnt at school and what book(s) they are reading (the character, the plot, their opinion).

  • Make sure your child has a good sleep and healthy breakfast every morning!


Listening to your child read can take many forms:

  • Focus on developing an enjoyment and love of reading.

  • Enjoy stories together – reading stories to your child is equally as important as listening to your child read.

  • Read a little at a time but often, rather than rarely but for long periods of time!

  • Talk about the story before, during and afterwards – discuss the plot, the characters, their feelings and actions, how it makes you feel, predict what will happen and encourage your child to have their own opinions.

  • Look up definitions of words together – you could use a dictionary, the Internet or an app on a phone or tablet.

  • All reading is valuable – it doesn’t have to be just stories. Reading can involve anything from fiction and non-fiction, poetry, newspapers, magazines, football programmes, TV guides.

  • Visit the local library - it’s free!


  • Practise and learn spelling lists – make it fun! (Please see separate spelling sheet)

  • Encourage opportunities for writing, such as letters to family or friends, shopping lists, notes or reminders, stories or poems.

  • Write together – be a good role model for writing.

  • Encourage use of a dictionary to check spelling.

  • Allow your child to use a computer for word processing, which will allow for editing and correcting of errors without lots of crossing out.

  • Remember that good readers become good writers! Identify good writing features when reading (e.g. vocabulary, sentence structure, punctuation).

  • Show your appreciation: praise and encourage, even for small successes!


  • Play times tables games.

  • Play mental maths games including counting in different amounts, forwards and backwards.

  • Encourage opportunities for telling the time in5 minutes.

  • Encourage opportunities for counting coins and money e.g. finding amounts or calculating change when shopping.

  • Look for numbers on street signs, car registrations and anywhere else.

  • Look for examples of 2D and 3D shapes around the home.

  • Identify, weigh or measure quantities and amounts in the kitchen or in recipes.

  • Play games involving numbers or logic, such as dominoes or card games.