I always take a deep sigh when I hear the word SATS.
Some parents get their children tutors for SATS, and the majority don’t. We didn’t, and I certainly made sure that my children knew it was for the school but yet there is something that still unsettles them, and I can’t blame them for feeling like that.
Teachers are under so much pressure nowadays in teaching, and SATS and GCSE’s add a whole more to them as they’ve got to get those children through and with good results. (Link Meditations)
So, how can you help your child?
What is important is to ensure that children understand that SATS are testing the schools and not your child/children.
If your child is worrying about the SATS, then talk to your child’s teacher so your child can feel supported both at home and in school.
Help your child to see that they are amazing and have such wonderful personalities and qualities that no test could measure.
Affirmations are a good way to help them to feel good about themselves (link to audio, downloadable, printable cards, Shop, phrases to use in the home, achievements,
Make light of the situation. Make a new name for SATS.
Play some fun upbeat, feel-good music either before they go to school, or if you’re a teacher, you could play it in the classroom.
Change the name and call them a quiz instead of a test.
Practising Meditation and listening to calming visualisations are great to help the children feel calmer. (Link)
Emoji Chart to help them express how they feel (link) with a tool to help them change how they feel.
Let them have plenty of fresh air and exercise. Let them run around outside, maybe take them to the park after school, or go for a mindful walk (link) to bring them to the present moment instead of worrying about the next test. Help them see that they’ve done one and they can do another.