This year is a huge year for my oldest child who is Currently 10 years old.
Sian has her SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) which she has been revising very hard for before they have to be done in May this year .
The tests which are taken in year 6 cover the three core subjects, English, Maths and Science.
The papers are sent away to be marked with results being available before your child leaves primary school to go to Comprehensive (Secondary school) in September.
I remember when I had my SATs back in 1994, there did not seem to be much of a scare or any stress when doing them, we were expected to sit and do them in a hall and we had no worry what so ever if we had failed or passed.
These days, in my opinion , there are so many more expectations from our children and although I do want my daughter to do well, I do not like that it can be so stressful for them at such a young age.
I do however want my daughter to enjoy her time at school, I want her to learn and build her strengths in certain lessons which may become handy in the years to come , maybe help her get a job she dreams of doing once she leaves school later on in life.
Listening to a teacher reading from a textbook was one way that never helped me, In fact I can not actually remember anything I have learned from school and I think that is all down to basically been told to sit and read from a book.
To me , reading is a fantastic way to help children build their reading skills but I do think that bringing in play with educational learning is essential for keeping the child interested and wanting to keep learning.
Here enters OoberKids Republic.com
What is OoberKidsRepublic.com?
OoberKidsrepublic.com is a safe, fun and interactive way to learn Key Stage 2 Maths, English and Science.
If you sign up to OoberKidsRepublic.com , you and your child enter a safe, fun and educational, online world of learning which include some fun characters like Mino the Hedgehog and Oscar the Owl who will walk you through your learning and play throughout the site.
The site is bright and cheerful and children love going to the different sections within it such as the Magic Maths Shop and the Secret Code Club.
OoberKidsrepublic.com provide the three main subjects, Maths, English and Science and this site walks you through each one for primary school children aged 7-11 (KS2).
For me , my daughter is the reason why I think this is a great tool to have in home and because I can see her every progress and her learning at home, I know when I think she has had enough .
Surprisingly though, because the fun factor has been brought into the learning , my daughter seems to spend more time learning on the site than she does looking at a textbook and personally I think it is helping to stick in her mind more because she is enjoying it.
OoberKidsrepublic.com is perfect for those who like to have or may need the additional teaching to boost their knowledge and skills in core subject areas .
The great thing about this site is that not only do your children get to enjoy learning , but you , the parent can actually keep track of their every move and achievement.
You also have a place where you can chat with other parents or teachers who share tips and tricks in helping your child to overcome one of the most stressful times they can go through during their school years with ease .
How much is it and what do you get?
You can get free trials for years 3,4,5 and 6 for all core subjects in their shop department .
There are also the passes which give you access to your choice of subject starting at £6 for 5 days, 8 days for £8.40 or 10 days for £12. I personally think this is also a great idea for during school holidays when you do not want your child to forget what they have been learning and also that extra help for after school, especially in times like this when SATs are close by.
These trials offer access to the whole English curriculum Yr 3, plus access to the monitored Chat Hut service, as well as the Profile Hut, where the points accrued with correct answers and by leading an active life style (parents can award those points) can be redeemed against avatar accessories.
There is also a standard pass that is available for £12 which is valid for a year which allows your child to join their monitored daily Chat Hut service, as well as giving access to sample English, Maths and Science questions, yoga and cookery tips, the news, fun activities updates, jokes, the latest adventure of Mino the Hedgehog and his friends and their Profile Hut, where the points they accrue by answering correctly or by being active (the parent can award these points) can be redeemed against avatar accessories. Parents can also access their own chat room to swap ideas, thoughts and tips on education.
So if you have a child who is in need of extra curriculum or help is this something you introduce your child to, What are your thoughts ?
10/2/2015 04:18:33 am
anything that helps is a massive bonus in my eyes .. add in some fun and its a win win
3/3/2015 06:24:14 am
it really is a fantastic idea
I couldn't agree more with you about the pressures kids are under at school to achieve. My daugther is also 10 and we live in Kent, meaning we have the dreaded 11+ exam awaiting this Sept for grammar school entry. A tutor is compulsory if you want to pass it (despite what the exam board may say - you do def need one!), and the practice papers and learning aids are anything but fun. This ooberkids system seems to have a good balance of learning and entertaining. I just wish the whole testing of primary school kids would be abolished - it's too much stress for ones so young. Tx
3/3/2015 06:24:59 am
i feel so scared for them these days its more pressure and more work, this is something to ease them in helping with some fun aspects to add
10/2/2015 04:51:19 am
This looks like a really useful tool to help your child, I know my daughter would like this as it looks like it would be fun too :)
3/3/2015 06:25:58 am
it certainly is but its not just good for those revising for exams or SATs but for other ages too
3/3/2015 06:26:24 am
im excited to be using this for a few of mine x
10/2/2015 05:07:03 am
I would definitely use this and it's where I think the Ipad comes into its own as my kids will happily use it for educational apps like this. I love how bright and colourful it looks - really engaging.
3/3/2015 06:27:11 am
its so cheerful and the tablets are a must for us too
10/2/2015 05:09:28 am
My daughter did her SATS last year and I was shocked (so much so I nearly pulled her out) at how much pressure she was put under. My older children didn't do them as they were at different schools and I feel that it's such a shame children of this age should be put under so much stress. The site looks really interesting
3/3/2015 06:28:03 am
i know its scary for them now days, i feel they are under so much more pressure , its nice to have things like this to help them
10/2/2015 06:26:02 am
Its such a shame they have to do these pointless exams, makes me laugh how they out so much pressure on them only to be re-set once they start secondary school. Unfortunately it is all about targets and league tables set by the government. However this looks a fun way to learn them rather than making them re-read the CGP book xx
3/3/2015 06:29:00 am
i really dont have an idea why they feel the need to do these for their last year of juniors, fare enough the older ones before leaving school altogether but not 10 year old x
10/2/2015 07:32:32 am
I will definitely be looking at something like this when my eldest takes his sats in a few years time. Agree, learning needs to be fun #NEBrilliantbloggers
3/3/2015 06:29:39 am
it is a fantastic item to have , handy for the home
10/2/2015 08:37:34 am
This is such a good idea to get kids to learn and also have fun.
3/3/2015 06:30:59 am
i think bringing fun into learning always helps the children to educate themselves more and also helps them remember more
10/2/2015 11:58:10 am
Maxi is due to do his sats next year, thankfully his school doesn't pressure kids. My friends lad who is the same age is already doing one paper a week!
3/3/2015 06:30:13 am
the tests change so quickly even i cant keep up with helping them so this helps alot
3/3/2015 06:31:36 am
haha im the same maybe i can benefit from this too
11/2/2015 05:05:17 am
I have a child in year 6 too, and this looks like a great resource - tho I wont be adding to the pressure from school to do well, so this is ideal as it is a fun way to learn!
3/3/2015 06:33:05 am
my daughter was given a lot of books which to me was teaching her nothing , seemed just a rush to work through the books but not learning , this is helping with memory through fun and play best
11/2/2015 05:30:40 am
Not at the point where I'd pay for something like this, but maybe next year... would like to think they get the learning they need in school though - but of course that works for some children and not others :/
3/3/2015 06:34:23 am
i like the idea of bringing fun into education , i always feel children benefit from it as they remember more of the learning
11/2/2015 06:11:45 am
Ooh I'm very interested in this. My daughter is year 5 so would be fab for her. Will definitely check out, thank you. But I agree theres too much pressure on young kids, it's not fair x
3/3/2015 06:34:53 am
its a great resource x
11/2/2015 12:53:50 pm
ooh I'm a teacher but not heard of this site. My son is Y6 also and I would certainly be interested in trying this out.
3/3/2015 08:05:35 am
its a great resource to have for the year 6
11/2/2015 01:04:24 pm
I'm like you - I too don't remember being stressed about SATS or about there being such a huge push on them. I wonder if the education system has gotten stricter, or we as parents have become pushier? I don't know. It's good to see them revise so hard though and resources like this can only be a good thing.
3/3/2015 06:35:37 am
i dont get why at soo young a age its such a necessity
3/3/2015 08:06:19 am
it really is helpful for them
12/2/2015 04:38:57 am
I love that's it's colourful and fun for them while learning
3/3/2015 08:06:54 am
it is very cheerful to work on for them
12/2/2015 12:07:28 pm
This looks quite interesting. Anything that makes studying fun and interesting is sure to help in the long run.
3/3/2015 08:09:06 am
i think its a great idea, placing play in with learning
14/2/2015 05:29:34 am
Sounds great and I am sure kids would love it much more than a standard book
3/3/2015 08:09:58 am
both my 10 year old and 8 year old are enjoying the use of this
16/2/2015 10:23:04 am
I teach year 6 and I always wonder why we make our children stressed about exams that they don't need to be doing. I won't coach my boys or give them extra work to do. I hate the SATS.
3/3/2015 08:12:28 am
its nice to hear that from a teacher as i agree x
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