How can I prepare my child for entering Key Stage Two?

May 2012
Establish a regular homework time so it becomes routine.

A child's educational journey is full of new experiences, excitement, and a fair amount of nerves. No matter how much your child loves school, there are still some fairly daunting moments along the way.

One of the most intimidating times of a child's school life is when they move into a new key stage. This can be starting in reception, right through to entering secondary school.

While these are often thought of as two of the most daunting times for a child, the move from infant to junior school can also be a big change.

While infant school does involve schoolwork and tests, Year 3 onwards sees children given a lot more responsibility, and a greater challenge. So how can you help your child prepare for Key Stage Two?

Prepare them for homework
If your child's school introduces homework at Key Stage Two, it is a good idea to make sure your child is well-prepared to deal with the extra work.

The idea of doing schoolwork at home can be quite stressful for a child, so sit down with them at first to help them through it, and establish a regular homework time so it becomes routine.

Get them used to tests
Key Stage Two will be the second time that your child will be tested under proper exam conditions, the first time being in year 2. Year Six SATs may create more pressure for your child, as they may need certain results to get into their secondary school of choice.

So to prepare your child for sitting their SATs in Year Six, make sure they are accustomed to answering questions in silent exam conditions.

Your child's school is likely to do this in the run-up to the SATs too, but it always helps to make sure they are as comfortable as possible when they take their SATs.

Lots of encouragement
Making the transition to Key Stage Two is a big leap for children, so make sure they know how well they are doing by giving them plenty of encouragement.

By reassuring them that they are doing well, you will give your child more confidence and help them to deal with the new challenges head-on.