Parents often look for the best ways of preparing their children for the KS2 SATs and curriculum. Many turn to KS2 SATs revision books to help their children succeed while other parents have their own personal ways. But what are the best ways of preparing kids for the KS2 tests and program? can KS2 SATs revision books really help your child progress? By the end of this article you will have looked at different benefits that many parents have found when using KS2 SATs revision books.
Going through teachers’ notes is not always possible
While older students will tend to go through their class notes and repeat the different exercises done in class, this method of studying is not always suitable for KS2 children. Young kids might find it very boring because they only feel that they re-do exercises that they had already done.
Using KS2 SATs revision books can be fun and motivating
One solution to this issue could be to use KS2 SATs revision books in addition to past SATs papers. KS2 children often find a well designed revision book very fun as well as motivating.
Good KS2 SATs revision books are in line with the National curriculum
Revision guides can also be very useful when they are in line with the National Curriculum. In this case they include a breakdown of the whole curriculum organised in topics. Some details on how to work out the level that your child has achieved are also provided. This helps you as a parent to be sure that your child has learned what they are expected to cover during the year.
Good revision guides organise learning into manageable parts
Children can quickly be overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to do. Effective revision books allow your child to go through the different topics step by step while the level of difficulty gradually increases. Your child can then attempt the test paper and do only the questions that they have already covered or revised in the revision guide. Done this way, revisions are often seen as less daunting for many kids since parents can break their revision down chunks by chunks.
KS2 SATs revision books are ideal to reinforce learning
Revision guides can also be very useful in reinforcing previous learning. Buying a guide related to the year class that your child has just finished will help them remember what they learnt the previous year. It helps especially the child who is weak at a subject to go through the different areas that they found difficult during the year. This is particularly relevant when the revision guide includes review and answer sections.
They can be used as a teaching tool
As well as being used to consolidate learning, KS2 SATs revision books can also be utilised as a teaching tool. They can be very helpful before your child reaches year 6. Used during the summer holidays for instance, they help your child to have their first exposure to the next year program ahead of the other kids. When it will be time for your child’s teacher to teach the topic, your child will understand it better and this teaching will only play the role of revisions or consolidation activities.
The best KS2 SATs revision books?
The best revision guides break the different topics and exercises into manageable chunks, have a review and an answer sections, are fun for children and have sample past papers or exam type questions included as well as some references to curriculum levels achieved by your child. This one is highly graded by parents and I think it is a very good KS2 revison book.
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