SATs Like a Ninja by Andrew Jennings

SATs Like a Ninja – at a glance

The School Reading Lists’ five word review: Revision goldmine confidence building.
Children’s book title: SATs Like a Ninja: Key facts and revision tips to supercharge your SATs.
Children’s author: Andrew Jennings.
Genre: Exam revision.
Published by: Bloomsbury.
ISBN: 9781800787292.
Recommended for children aged: 10-11 year-olds.
First published: Paperback February 2024.
This children’s book is ideal for: Helping children to tackle SATs revision and helping to demystify SATs for parents.

SATs Like a Ninja by Andrew Jennings

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Our review:

This small, bright orange paperback is crammed with golden nuggets of revision know-how covering spelling, punctuation, grammar and reading comprehension questions in the English test and all aspects of arithmetic and reasoning in maths.

Structured into three distinct sections, SATs Like a Ninja: Key Facts and Revision Tips to Supercharge Your SATs covers KS2 mathematics, reading, and spelling, punctuation, and grammar (SPaG). Each double page is packed with a wealth of strategies for difficult-to-grasp areas and insights for effective SATs preparation.

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The maths section offers a comprehensive overview of the KS2 syllabus, including arithmetic methods and problem-solving techniques. In the reading section, there’s guidance on effective reading strategies, accompanied by sample texts and corresponding questions to practice and build confidence with comprehension techniques. The SPaG section explores grammatical and spelling rules and helps to tackle common misconceptions.

The concise explanations make complex concepts accessible to children and the inclusion of realistic SATs questions makes this a practical revision resource that will improve children’s familiarity with the exam’s style and types of questions – all helping to reduce stress and anxiety.

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Our verdict:

The clear, jargon-busting and accessible format is not just ideal for Y6 pupils, but also for parents, grandparents and other relatives who want to help but have different experiences of maths and English at school. This guide will make it easier for adults of all ages to help children deal with SATs.

Parents and tutors, in particular, will appreciate the book’s efforts to demystify the SAT exam content and questions to enable them to provide more meaningful support and targeted revision.

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Ideal for children to read and use by themselves, the consistent approach will help parents build a realistic and achievable timetable for their child’s revision and help take the stress out of knowing what to revise or how to approach gaps in knowledge.

Whether used independently by students or as part of a structured revision program designed by teachers or parents, SATs Like a Ninja stands out as a highly accessible and useful revision tool to help build your Year 6 child’s confidence.

SATs Like a Ninja is a book that, come May, your Year 6 child will thank you for.

Many thanks to Bloomsbury for the review copy.

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About Tom Tolkien

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Tom Tolkien is a highly qualified (BA Hons, PGCE, QTS) children's literature expert and teacher with over 25 years of experience. He has led inset courses, developed curriculum materials, spoken at conferences, advised on longlisting for several international children's literature literature awards and written for educational publishers including contributing to a BETT award-nominated app. Social profiles: Twitter | Linkedin