It’s SATs time!! Here are some tips from Wise Owl Learning

SATsSATs for Year 6 mark the end of the primary years, and is an opportunity for children to show how they have progressed and developed across the curriculum, prior to starting at senior school.

Talk to your child/children about the tests and reassure them that there is no need to worry about being tested – your reassurance will go a long way to making them feel comfortable in showing what they can do; how they can shine!

Check with your child if there are any areas they have difficulty with – such as time or finding areas of difficult shapes, and have a go at helping them – or find a Key Stage 2 SATs book which will offer advice and show how to work through any maths problems.

If children see maths working in practice, it helps reinforce learning – for example ask your child to estimate what the supermarket bill will come to, next time you are doing the shopping – reward them if they are near the mark!  You could time walking the dog, or how long it takes to walk to school rather than go on the bus – then work out the difference in time taken!  Doing DIY jobs around the house over Easter? Let the children help by measuring, estimating and working out what is needed.  How about baking?  Measuring ingredients is an excellent way of remembering gram-to-kilogram and is fun too.

English is a subject all children need to work on – from comprehension, to reading widely across genres, to producing descriptive and exciting pieces of work.  If you can, do continue either reading with your child or asking them questions about what they are reading – visit book shops and the local library so children can browse and get to identify authors they may like. Ask your child how they feel about particular characters, why they act the way they do and why they enjoy a particular book.

Here at Wise Owl, we always recommend children working through practice papers that simulate what they can expect to see in the SATs tests.  Ten/fifteen minutes each day of both maths and English will keep minds ticking over and things fresh in their memory.

Finally, you and your child should look on SATs positively – they will simply highlight any areas that need to be worked on – as well as those aspects of maths and English that your child is confident and adept with.  Good luck!!

 

It is that time of year – exam season!

Here are Wise Owl Learning’s revision tips to help you prepare for your important exams.

Plan ahead and be organised

Start early to avoid last minute cramming. Once you’ve got your exam dates, work backwards to plan your revision well ahead of time. The longer you give yourself, the less pressure you’ll be under throughout exam weeks and you’ll have time to focus, go over all you need to know and get assistance.

Know your subject!

Read your notes and spend time looking through past papers, Make sure you know themes, characters, topic areas you will be tested on.  Have you checked your exam board and their mark schemes and requirements? Have you answered actual exam questions?

Prioritise

If you know a particular topic, then relax and move on to the next.  Focus on those areas you are not sure about or need to work on.  Make notes as you go along.

Are you a morning person….

……or an evening night owl?  Time your revision so that you work when you feel most alert and without external distractions.  Have you written up a timetable to slot in all your revision sessions?

Don’t panic and rush!

Don’t think you have to revise all at once, take your time and pace yourself. Organise your revision into small 20 minutes sessions, with regular breaks to eat, drink, relax and just have some time away from it all. Be systematic and you will feel great at how much progress you are making.

Use the Internet

Of course look through all your notes and text books, but also get interactive by watching videos too.  YouTube has a mass of items to view which will help with your revision.

Make flash cards/post-it notes

Write up bitesize notes that you can look at and refer back to in a bid to make things sink in, and as an aide memoire. Even if you don’t actually use them that often, the process of making them is itself helpful in helping your memory. Stick important quotes/points around your bedroom!

Finally, try and make time to go for a walk, have some fresh air and try to relax – yes these examinations are important, but by preparing and revising in an organised and calm way, you will be able to do your very best – and that is all anybody wants!  When the actual exams arrive, have early nights and eat a good breakfast before leaving for school or college – keep hydrated throughout the day and have small snacks, e.g. a banana, to keep your energy levels boosted.

Good luck!!