The dreaded annual SATs tests are finally upon us for Year 6 pupils and I am sending out positive vibes to all taking part! Children will have been preparing for SATs exams for months now, but the end truly is insight, which will be a welcome relief for the pupils sitting the exams… and their parents!
Tips on preparing for SATs exams
- Remain calm – this goes for both children and parents! Children will pick up on how anxious parents are, so try and remain calm and positive to reduce any unnecessary stress.
- Sleep well – it goes without saying that a good night’s does wonders for concentration and energy levels, so make sure to get lots of early nights!
- Eat well – slow release carbs such as porridge for breakfast and bananas as a break treat will keep up energy too.
- Don’t stress – again!
Liv is still in Year 5 and already I am starting to feel the pressure, though there really shouldn’t be any. I am fully aware she is capable, the SATs tests are an indicator of your child’s educational progress against the average expectations of a child that age. They are also used as an indicator of how well schools are perfoming in school league tables… so, erm… no pressure then!
There is only so much teachers can offer though and learning really does begin at home. We have been expanding on Liv’s learning recently (at home and even on holiday!) with the rather marvellous ‘Revision Fun For Clever Kids‘, a stealth revision book from Katie Knapman of Jumping Yak.
Revision isn’t fun; completing endless worksheets isn’t fun… but who said learning can’t be fun?
Revision Fun For Clever Kids is just that… it’s fun! Featuring a challenging collection of Maths, English and General Knowledge tests which are cleverly disguised as fun puzzles and tempting brain teasers. All made engaging with illustrations and colour codes pages – for parents, the answers are at the back of the book!
Aimed at children aged 8 – 11 years and priced at a very reasonable £8.99, this is a great stepping stone revision book to help your child with a gentle push. Helping your child revise for either SATs or the 11+ exam and encouraging them to aim higher, all without them realising.
What’s great about the workbook is that your child can dip in and out of the 52 pages of challenges, in any page order they please. The inventive nature of the puzzles and challenges will keep your children hooked, with Liv choosing to pick the book up by her own accord and complete pages. She really is enjoying checking out Revision Fun For Clever Kids in her own time, with no pressure, whilst building on what she has already learned at school and expanding her knowledge base further. So much of SATs preparation is serious, rigid and formal… inject a little fun into learning along the way and watch your child flourish.
I had a fantastic phonecall with Katie the author, who is so lovely and totally understanding of the pressures primary aged children are under. Really, I could have happily spoken to her all day long! I felt so reassured after speaking with her and couldn’t wait to introduce the book to Liv!
You have read my thoughts, but how about checking it out for yourself? Sim’s Life readers have the chance to win a copy in the latest giveaway below – alternatively, you can pick up a copy of the workbook from Amazon, priced at £8.99! Katie is just about to release another Jumping Yak revision book, so expect another review and giveaway soon!
For your chance to win a Revision Fun For Clever Kids workbook, simply enter using the Gleam form below and don’t forget to answer the question by leaving a blog comment!
Giveaway ends at midnight on Sunday 26th May 2019.
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