Key Stage One SATS - Advice for Parents
How to help your child to support their learning.
Support and reassure your child that there is nothing to worry about and that they should always just try their best. Praise and encourage!
Ensure your child has the best possible attendance at school.
Support your child with any homework tasks.
Reading, spelling and arithmetic (e.g. times tables) are always good to practise.
Talk to your child about what they have learnt at school and what book(s) they are reading (the character, the plot, their opinion).
Make sure your child has a good sleep and healthy breakfast every morning!
Listening to your child read can take many forms:
Focus on developing an enjoyment and love of reading.
Enjoy stories together – reading stories to your child is equally as important as listening to your child read.
Read a little at a time but often, rather than rarely but for long periods of time!
Talk about the story before, during and afterwards – discuss the plot, the characters, their feelings and actions, how it makes you feel, predict what will happen and encourage your child to have their own opinions.
Look up definitions of words together – you could use a dictionary, the Internet or an app on a phone or tablet.
All reading is valuable – it doesn’t have to be just stories. Reading can involve anything from fiction and non-fiction, poetry, newspapers, magazines, football programmes, TV guides.
Visit the local library - it’s free!
Practise and learn spelling lists – make it fun! (Please see separate spelling sheet)
Encourage opportunities for writing, such as letters to family or friends, shopping lists, notes or reminders, stories or poems.
Write together – be a good role model for writing.
Encourage use of a dictionary to check spelling.
Allow your child to use a computer for word processing, which will allow for editing and correcting of errors without lots of crossing out.
Remember that good readers become good writers! Identify good writing features when reading (e.g. vocabulary, sentence structure, punctuation).
Show your appreciation: praise and encourage, even for small successes!
Play times tables games.
Play mental maths games including counting in different amounts, forwards and backwards.
Encourage opportunities for telling the time in5 minutes.
Encourage opportunities for counting coins and money e.g. finding amounts or calculating change when shopping.
Look for numbers on street signs, car registrations and anywhere else.
Look for examples of 2D and 3D shapes around the home.
Identify, weigh or measure quantities and amounts in the kitchen or in recipes.
Play games involving numbers or logic, such as dominoes or card games.
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