It is that time of year again when KS2 SATs are rapidly approaching. I know that both teachers and parents want their children to be able to do their best in the tests so I have put together a list of a few resources which I have found useful.
1. TES I Board http://www.iboard.co.uk/
A vast range of activities searchable by age and subjects. Many are free but others are only available by subscription. Also has a specific SPaG revision pack.
2. I Am Learning KS2 English, Maths and Science Apps https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/i-am-learning-ks2-english/id432518626?mt=8
Both apps have specific games for each skill and are listed by Year group or topic. They are a quick fire revisions and assessment tool and progress is recorded. they requires iOs 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Each priced at £1.49 (March 2014)
3. Literacy Shed http://www.literacyshed.com/
Though no formal test for writing at Year 6 there is still teacher assessment and this site features a range of resources to inspire writing. Including videos and animations it offers suggestions of writing activities for a range of genres. Ideal for reluctant writers or those looking for ways to inspire great creative writing and put into practise skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling. All resources are free.
4. Sums Online http://www.sums.co.uk/
A site featuring a wealth of free resources for practising mathematical concepts. Teaches and guides pupils as well as testing their ability. Ideal for those struggling with particular areas of maths or wanting to reinforce skills. Also a range of apps available to purchase for Apple devices – http://www.mathsapps.com/
5. BBC Bitesize http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/
A range of free activities, information, games and lesson plans for practising English, Maths and Science skills. Games link to CBBC programmes making learning fun and engaging for children.
6. IXL Maths http://uk.ixl.com/math/year-6
A range of 227 Maths skills for Year 6 organised by category. Sample problems are shown, progress is tracked and questions increase in difficulty as you progress. Explanations are shown if an incorrect answer is input. Activities can be used for free and there is a free app. Subscriptions available for parents and schools who want full benefits including tracking and reports.
7. Assessment and Reporting Arrangements for KS2 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/assessment-and-reporting-arrangements-2014-key-stage-2
Government documents on assessment and reporting requirements for KS2 teachers. Useful for parents who want to be informed about what tests and assessments will be taking place and when.