Your child’s first year of school is an important time in their educational development. Your child will start to learn basic concepts across the core subjects of English, Maths, and Science.
From a personal development standpoint, Reception will introduce your child to other kids from different backgrounds. Some of the friendships they form with their classmates may well last the rest of their lives!
Your child will start to grow in confidence, both academically and socially. They’ll learn to question the world around them, and become curious about how things work.
There are no important exams this year, though individual schools may well set their own tests. These are simply designed to assess and track your child’s progress, and have no major bearing on their academic future.
Returning to school for Year 1 won’t be as stressful as the previous year. Your child will now be more comfortable with their classmates and school in general. The work will now start to increase in complexity.
Friendships made in Reception will grow stronger in Year 1. Your child will learn how to communicate better with other people, and will start forming more ideas of their own.
They’ll also start to show more of an interest in learning, and may well rope you in to help them. Expect them to read to you frequently, and enlist your help with times tables. Better brush up!
There are no important exams during Year 1, but some of the work your child covers will be useful when it comes to the Key Stage 1 SATs, which take place in Year 2. School may still set their own internal tests to gauge progress.
In many ways, Year 2 can be seen as a continuation of Year 1. The work will become tougher in the run up to your child’s first “proper” exams, the KS1 SATs.
Your child will continue to grow in confidence when playing with their friends. Social relationships will become more complex as kids learn to communicate their thoughts.
The work may become too complex for some children at this point so further support, in the form of private tutoring or help from parents, might be required.
Your child may also start becoming increasingly stressed in the run-up to SATs.
The KS1 SATs are likely to be your child’s first experience of official exams. While the results of these aren’t important in the long-term, they do give you and the school an idea of how much progress your child is making.
The SATs take place later in the year, but you should help your child prepare as early as possible. This will reduce their stress and anxiety, and lead to better performance.