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Keeping SATs Revision Playful – Cubitt Town Junior School

Cubitt Town Junior School is a 3-form entry Primary School situated within the Isle of Dogs. The school have been using now>press>play to enhance their curriculum for just over a year now and they are dedicated to providing a welcoming, caring and positive ethos where pupils achieve well due to their high standard of teaching and exciting curriculum.

We were thrilled when Miriyan Talbot-Sikkens, year 6 class teacher, recently shared her pupils’ feedback on our immersive, audio SATs Experiences.

After several weeks of intense ‘application of skills’ to answer test papers to the best of their ability I decided to use the now>press>play SATs Experiences.

We use now>press>play across the curriculum so when I told my class they could whack on the headphones to do some SATS revision they were delighted!

The audio nature of now>press>play meant that children who usually struggle with reading speed and decoding were able to purely hone-in on their comprehension skills. This gave them a much needed confidence boost.

The storylines for the SATs Experiences were engaging and quite thrilling; very age-appropriate and it tapped into their genre interests. This was important as SATS can be a stressful time. To be able to use a revision resource that not only tests their abilities but also engages their imagination and playfulness was extremely useful – the children even commented on how fun SATs could be!

The questions were closely linked to the curriculum so, from a teaching point of view, it enabled the children to consolidate some of their “reading” and grammar skills and enabled me to see where some of the gaps were.

So, here are a few quotes from the children about now>press>play SATs:

You can really imagine what is happening and, when you act it out, it’s like you really are in that world.
You feel the feelings like you really are the character in the story.
Having the headsets on really puts you in the world of the story and helps you understand what is happening.
It helps you think about what you would do in a situation like that.
It encourages you to read more in an enthusiastic way.

In terms of keeping creativity alive during SATs, this definitely hit the spot!

We have created our SATs Experiences to engage and excite children with the revision process. 

Click to listen to sound extracts of our SPAGSATs Maths and SATs Reading skills where pupils become the main character in a story and use their investigative skills to help bring it to its resolution whilst learning essential skills and knowledge for the SATs papers.