At the age of 11, in England, pupils sit their SATs papers, assessing their progress mainly in Literacy and Maths (some school also check progression in Science). Although there have been subtle changes to the system over the last few years, many schools, observers, parents and politicians still hold the tests in high esteem, so pressure is placed on pupils to do the best they can.
The merits of this system have been argued in many previous #ukedchat sessions, with many educators concerned about the narrowness of the system and how the results often to not reflect the true abilities of the pupils being assessed. Many teachers will help prepare their pupils for the tests by going over previous papers in the build-up to the May exams, which can be draining for pupils and educators alike. However, with the surge of tablets now being implemented in schools, there are apps now available which can support the revision for the SATs papers. Below are a few apps which we have looked at, and are available for different platforms:
Available for iPad, Android, or Kindle Fire (<~click on links to view in relevant app store), KS2 Maths by Brian Harkins is a comprehensive revision tools, packed with over 500 SATs-type questions. Pupils can take a test in each of the maths topics, or a mix of each. Each test is random and easily customisable – with a summary at the end which gives an approximate NC level and score, which helps find areas of strength & areas for development. The app is priced at £1.49*
Available for iPad/iPhone, I am learning: KS2 Maths is an entertaining and engaging game based revision and assessment tool, supporting the revision process. The app merges interactive games with official curriculum content – and featuring 3500 unique questions, allowing you to see results to analyse gaps in learning or understanding. The app is priced at £1.49*
Built by Rising Stars for iPad/iPhone (<~click on link to view in relevant app store), aimed for pupils working towards a Level 4 grading in Maths, ‘Achieve’ offers a tried and tested formula for raising attainment. There are over 200 interactive questions covering all of Level 4 Maths including: Number and algebra; Shape, space and measures; Handling data; Using and applying mathematics. The app is priced at £4.49.
DoodleMaths by EZ Education Limited is a free app for iPad (<~click on link to view in relevant app store), but the full version is available as a £6.99 in-app purchase within the app, plus a £4.99 extra payment for each additional user. The app is built as a progressive development tool for pupils from 7-11, helping build on maths skills as they progress. Children are encouraged to use DoodleMaths for a few minutes daily and with over 6000 carefully-crafted questions covering the entire curriculum, the program makes it ideal for SATs or 11+ preparation and can be set to create weekly email reports to parents. The app can be trailed free for a week. This app is free, but in-app purchases are required to continue and progress.
KS2 SATs English, by Brian Harkins is a really useful app for iPad, Android, or Kindle Fire (<~click on links to view in relevant app store) tablet devices. With over 400 SATs-type questions, pupils can take a test in four English topics: spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary – or a mix of each. Each test is random and easily customisable – with a summary at the end which gives an approximate NC level and score, helping find areas of strength & areas for development.The app is priced £1.49*, and available by clicking on the app stores mentioned above.
I am learning Key Stage 2 English, for iPad / iPod (<~click on links to view in relevant app store), merges interactive games with official curriculum content, featuring 2500 unique questions. The app covers all major topic areas and builds easy to use reports, allowing to focus learning with a powerful gap analysis. The app is priced at £1.49*.
Some schools like to check progression and understanding in Science for pupils aged 11, so KS2 Science by Brian Harkins is a valuable revision tool built for iPad, Android, or Kindle Fire (<~click on links to view in relevant app store). The app contains hundreds of SATs-type questions, pupils can take a test in each of the science topics, or a mixture of each. Each test is random and easily customisable – with a summary at the end which gives an approximate National Curriculum level and score, finding those areas of strength & areas for development. The app is priced at £1.49*
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Updated 07 February 2015.