For Easter Holidays Small Boy has had a Level 3 Maths paper and a Level 3 reading paper for revision and practice.
The maths was no problem - he wanted to do it and enjoyed doing it. It took 15 minutes and the only issue was with subtracting when he needed to carry a ten. I have taught him to subtract with numbers in columns, carrying a ten (up to 4 digit numbers) - not a problem.
The reading on the other hand has proved to be somewhat trickier. He spent 30 minutes answering just 5 of the 21 questions. Two of these were incorrect. He had no idea how to tackle a comprehension exercise like this, and said he'd only ever done one at school, where the TA read the questions out to them and they wrote the answer down on a bit of paper. He got incredibly upset that he had got them wrong, and said it was because he didn't understand what he had to do.
I got incredibly cross that the school have sent this home for homework and not done anything with him first at school.
We already have some KS1 SAT's booklets, and will be looking at the reading parts of those to help.
He has been a "free reader" for about 12 months now, and reads regularly - but not books from the free reading box at school as he will only bring home Roald Dahl (which we already have a full set of) as the other books are too long or don't look interesting. We spent some time yesterday in the local library, stocking up on a more interesting selection of books. Current favourites are Geronimo Stilton and Oliver Moon. We're also trying Terry Deary's historical stories this month.
And as for the writing, the thing he does find really difficult - what homework did we get for that?