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Preparing for SATs

SATs tests for Year 6 students

Helping your child prepare for their SATs test can be a challenge.

At EducateFirst we have some top tips to help your and your child prepare for their SATs and to try and make this an enjoyable experience for both of you.

 

Top 10 tips for SATs preparation

  1. Do not avoid. Many parents pretend that SATs tests do not exist and avoid talking to their children about them. Instead, get an idea of what they are going to be doing and listen to their concerns – children need reassurance. Talk to your child’s teacher about any concerns you or your child may have.
  2. Devise a revision plan. A good, early revision plan is essential. Sufficient time should be allocation to each subject (Maths and English). This does not mean that your child has to sacrifice other commitments, but rather schedule all their priorities around their revision and school work.
  3. Create the right environment. Make sure your child has a dedicated, quiet place where they can study. This should be away from any distractions like TV, computers, music, etc. This can be difficult especially with other siblings around, but they need to understand not to interrupt the study time.
  4. Equip them. Make sure your child has all the essentials equipment – pens, pencils, highlighters, sharpener, eraser, ruler, protractor and a pencil case. A new bit of stationary can actually make revision fun.
  5. Stay positive and motivated. Revision can be stressful. Don’t nag, blame or criticise them about their revision. Be patient. Children love being praised for their work, so tell them they got the right answer or that they explained something really well. Reward them when you can.
  6. Offer your help. Parents often feel that it is the role of teachers to support their children and that anything parents have to offer can get in the way or confuse a child. Parents should play an active role in their child’s learning. Talk to your child’s teacher to see how you can help your child when at home and which topic areas require that extra attention.
  7. Eat well. Start their day with a healthy breakfast. A nutritious, balanced diet does not have to be dull or expensive but can give them an amazing lift to get them through their day at school. Limit the sugary snacks and stick with nutritious alternatives. An avoid eating too late in the evening, close to bedtime.
  8. Sleep well. Encourage your child to sleep early. We know it’s easier said than done but we all know it makes such a difference to a child’s overall performance, mood and well-being.
  9. Don’t burn them out. Make time for fun. SATs are not be all and end all. Make sure your child takes regular breaks from their revision and engages in fun activities with family and friends. Get out and about – a little exercise is great for the body and mind, for both you and your child.
  10. Show them you care. Let your child know that you love them, respect their efforts, and will be there to support them regardless of their results.

Good Luck!

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