Second time round for me too with dds (yes 2 of them!) this time. Quite a different journey compared to my ds who is now in year 8. DS was generally quite resistant to doing anything at home and his usual score in the few test papers that he did do was low 80s. Although, an avid reader, he was not great on vocab but could fly through the codes and number questions. He somehow pulled it out of the bag on the day, finished 10 minutes early on each paper, and got into the top 120 of Pates.
DDs have always been willing to work and have scored much higher on the test papers. We kept things ticking over during the Summer break and since then have been doing short papers through the week and a long one at the weekend. I noticed yesterday some careless mistakes creeping in so we are going to cut right back now so they are fresh on the day. Also talking alot about coping with nerves, ignoring distractions, format of the day and generally building confidence