With the SATs season looming, Key Stage 2 pupils and their teachers are looking for straightforward tips and advice on making the national assessments as pain free as possible, while still making time for revision. As we live and breathe primary school mathematics, we thought we’d share a few of our own revision strategies to save you the time in digging them out.

And if you’re after even more revision ideas, then download our new Year 6 Maths Catch-up and Revision Guide available free to all primary schools.

Our 12 top tips for KS2 SATs revision

1. Revision Cards

A lot of topics lend themselves to  a more visual representation and can help learners who prefer this style; these cards can help them to visualise their knowledge in an interactive way.

2. Write a Revision Timetable

Put aside some time to show your pupils how to write their own Maths revision timetables; they don’t have to be complicated but make sure they are realistic and include time for relaxing as well.

3. Spot the Mistake

Hand your pupils cards with questions/answers which include common misconceptions and ask your pupils to identify the errors; this can be much more engaging than simply completing another column addition question!

4. Revision Carousels

Use mixed ability groups of pupils to solve and discuss maths problems together before moving to the next station; perhaps use roles within the groups to foster a culture of good group discussion.

5. Maths Races

Class teams complete Maths questions together; once they’ve completed a question, they run to the front of the class for the teacher to check their answer before they can move onto the next problem.

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6. Use Games and Competition

Pupils love to be engaged in an interactive way, so revising number facts and mental Maths using the game Around The World (or another game) will help to keep your pupils motivated.

7. Treasure Hunts

To get pupils out of their seats, scatter questions around the classroom that lead from one to another; if you haven’t signed up to TES already then make sure you do this to access pre-made resources by other teachers.

8. Team Quiz

Use a powerpoint presentation to interact with your pupils in a “pub quiz” style activity. Arrange your pupils into mixed ability teams and take them through rounds of revision questions (they can mark other teams’ questions for each round) to accumulate points.

9. Create online quizzes with Kahoot

If your school is lucky enough to have access to multiple computers (or preferably ipads), use the website Kahoot to either create your own online quizzes or use other teachers’ quizzes to revise with your pupils. All pupils submit their answers to revision questions through individual devices and you can track their progress throughout the quiz.

10. And last of all…

Advise your pupils (and yourself) to SLEEP and take time to relax; doing exercise is a great way to release those endorphins needed to get everyone through this intense period of time. Want to find out more about the effect of exercise on academic performance? See this article by psychologist Helen O’Connor.

11. Try these revision strategies for low-attaining pupils

Put aside 5-10 minutes of arithmetic time every day to quickly practice formal written methods.

Use songs/rhymes to remember facts or methods – who doesn’t remember the rule “I before E except after C”?

12. Try these revision strategies for high-attaining pupils

Extend activity 1 (revision cards) by asking your high-attaining pupils to create their own pack of cards to revise from.

Pupils design their own Maths questions, then swap questions to solve each other’s problems in pairs.

For more crucial SATs revision advice, read our blog: What We’ve Learnt From Preparing 10,00 Year 6 for SATs [Revision maths KS2]

Sophie Waterman-Smith , Teacher , Third Space Learning

Sophie grew up in Brighton and taught Maths in a secondary school. In between working with our schools, she writes about the teachmeets she attends on our blog.