Many young children are taking part in their SATs exams starting this week. This can be an extremely stressful time for a child and although as parents you may not worry too much them, for the child it can be overwhelming. As a parent there are some signs of stress that you can look out for and ways in which you can help your child cope. Never brush it off, y telling your child not to be stupid or that they are overacting, as to them it may be something that is deeply concerning and something they cannot help worrying about.
For many of the children, it will be the first time they have experienced tests under exam conditions and SATs in particular have been deemed controversial for their difficulty and the level of stress they have caused pupils.
Helping to ensure that your child eats well, is sleeping well and staying active should help them manage their anxiety. You can also help devise a study plan with them, making sure that they also have time to switch off and play. Always reiterate to your child that exams can be important and will occur throughout their education but their well being is far more important.
When starting to work on any new project you should always take time to learn. Often people learn new skills by reading books but for some people they learn better by actually taking part practically in something.
Video tutorials are a great way to see how to do something, often being able to have a visual aid makes it easier to learn that reading about it in a book or on a website.
Learning a new language is a skill that many of us do over our life time. It usually starts at school where you are often taught the basics of French, German or Spanish and for some people this is then a basis for them to build upon to allow them to be fluent in that language. A good way to learn a new language is to listen to the language been spoken. This may be in person or through an audio recording. Books can be a great way to quickly look up a phrase you need to use, so if going to a country where you are limited on the language it is always recommended to take a phase book with you.
Most parents now have to face the perils of helping their children through reams of homework and for some it can be pretty difficult as the standards expected from children now are so much higher than 20-30 years ago. However help is out there, firstly if your child is struggling with their homework it’s important to feed this back to their teachers as it’s important that they realise if the work is too hard for them.
If it’s a case of just wanting to understand more about what your child is learning then the internet really is your best friend. There are a lot of websites out there that can offer help following the curriculum standards so that you can be sure that you’re teaching them the correct current way that they will be learning at school.
Most importantly it’s essential to encourage your children to have a go at their homework even if they feel that it’s too hard, and explain to them that there is no harm in getting things wrong. As long as your children have you there to offer support and encouragement to complete their homework on time then you should be able to help them even without fully understanding the subject matter.
Homework is often a hot topic of discussion in schools. Many parents feel that their children are given homework far too early or that they are given too much homework. As a child progresses through their school life, the homework tends to increase in volume and frequency so it may be better to get them used to it from an earlier age. When children first start reception there is a lot to take in. It may be the first educational setting that they have been to and therefore giving them homework immediately may be too much. After the first few terms children often see ready to be doing extra work at home and some even look forward to it. In reception, home (if given) is usually quite light hearted and fun and often involves a lot of parent interaction.
Examples of home work for a reception child may be to find letters or numbers around their home and photograph them or to write a letter to Father Christmas. Helping your child with these tasks are important but never do their homework for them without their input as this will not offer them any value and can also not help in teaching them responsibility.
A supply teacher essentially has the same responsibilities of a permanent teacher but they may not have to undertake all of the same tasks every time. For example, if a supply teacher is coving a member of staff that is off ill, then the lesson may of already been planned for them and worksheets created etc. Supply teachers are still responsible for marking pupils work and giving them feedback and all lessons must be taught in accordance with the National Curriculum.
As a supply teacher you may even have to take children out on field trips or assist with monitoring work placements. If you are covering as a supply teacher during exam periods then you may be required to participate in the exam set up and also overseeing the actual exam taking place.
You may like the challenge of going in to a classroom without having had time to read through or create lesson plans or this may worry you a little. If you are a supply teacher then it is always a good idea to have a few lessons up your sleeve that you can turn to should you be called in to a situation last minute where there is no lesson pre planned for you to use.