Helping your child prepare for Year 6 SATs
In Year 6, children spend most of their time working hard towards their SATs exams in May. This preparation is the main focus of both their school and homework, and whilst a lot of the material is learned and revised in the classroom, some work should be done at home to ensure they get the very best results. It can be a stressful time for the whole family, so here are some practical tips to help prepare your Year 6 child for their exams:
- Work out a revision timetable that suits your child. Some kids work best in twenty-minute chunks every day, others prefer a longer session every couple of days. Don’t forget to add time for relaxing – including any clubs, sports or hobbies your child has outside of school.
- Try different approaches. Working on past papers is one of the best ways to revise, but this shouldn’t be your only activity. Worksheets with different layouts, revision guides, flashcards, or simply going over times tables when you’re walking to school can help them to retain and recall the information they need.
- Show them how they’re progressing. Mark their past papers and spelling tests, and show them how much they’ve improved since the last one they did. Make a chart to store all of this information, and let your child fill in their scores by themselves and take pride in their work.
- Get them to work under timed conditions to help alleviate the pressure in the exams and get them working efficiently. Most children aren’t used to working against the clock, so it’s a good idea to introduce it before the real thing so they don’t get flustered. Encourage them to keep and eye on how much time they’ve had, and help them to manage their time properly (don’t spend too long on a difficult question, come back if you have time at the end, etc).
- Ask your child’s teacher for their advice on things to focus on. They may be able to guide you and your child on the topics that need some work, and the ones that need less attention. Your child may think that they’re not good at writing, but their teacher may say otherwise.
- Be supportive, but encourage independence. There won’t be anybody to help them when they’re actually taking the exam, so try to let them work on their own when you can. Provide resources and a sympathetic ear, but give them the chance to work the questions out for themselves first. Going over practice papers once they’re completed is a great opportunity for you to help your child learn the material they need to know.
At The Tutorial Centre, we want to help your child succeed in their SATs and beyond. To find out what we can offer, call us on 01293 972 025.