Tuesday, 19 April 2016

National Tests Getting Closer

It’s getting to that time of year again, when primary school children sit the National Tests.  I had an email from the school informing me of the date, I get nervous butterflies for them.  I was never a fan of exams; I found it very hard remembering facts and used to find any excuse to get out of revising (usually I would have a particularly clean bedroom at that time of year!).  

I don’t make them feel nervous though, I try and do a little preparation in advance, finding some test papers if I can, to put them at ease, working through what is expected of them.  We don’t do much, just a bit to get them in the right frame of mind to tackle the questions.  If you have not sat an exam before it can be a bit daunting. 

It will be the very first time for my youngest, I really feel for them sitting in exam conditions at the little age of seven (a few in his class will still be six!).  It was hard enough from what I remember having the concentration to sit quietly in secondary school; I wonder how he will get on next month.  I would love to just be in the room with him to give him an encouraging look, as his brow furrowed in concentration.

He is good at reading now, but more English than Welsh, typically they don’t test their English reading ability this year, which is his stronger subject so that’s a pity.  We have had some information saying your children need a good nights sleep to prepare for the tests, there is no danger of that, bedtime is quite strict here.  I appreciate my evening, so don’t want them heading off to bed too late.  Other than that its just keep on as we are running through the times table (hubbie’s job), doing the homework sheets every week which have example questions from the tests and finishing their reading books.

My youngest was told at parents evening that he needs to brush up on his Mathematics, but for now we can keep up with the pace, but as they move onto the next step in their education we might start to struggle! I was reading an interesting article on tips for acing a maths exam which will be a great asset when the boys are older, its jam packed with resources if you have secondary school children.  If I feel a bit nervous now heaven help me when it’s the G.C.S.E’s and A-levels!!!  I always remember having hugely supportive parents at that time of year; my dad would run through lots of revision questions to help me remember it all.  My mum would bring me cups of tea to sustain me and purchase whatever additional resources I felt I needed.  I want to be there for my boys in the same way, exams can be a stressful time, so I want them to have me to lean on.  I keep buying books and accepting them to review, because I like encouraging them to want to keep on learning.

Excited to have a couple new books to read thanks to #waterstones #reading x

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