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A Few Tips for SATs

Sophie is a Primary Teacher who is currently working with our Bristol branch. SATs is coming up soon and Sophie shares a tip or two with us for the next few weeks.

One thing to remember in SATs is enjoyment. The children will be under a huge amount of pressure with their SATs and it is important for them to breathe and relax at some point during school. Give the children a run around after a test or work up to a reward. This just gives the children something to look forward to after the tests and their hard work. This will allow the children to stay calm and be truly focused when they are in the test.

Encourage the children to go to bed early and get lots of rest to perform their best they can, parents will also help you out with this. Having a good breakfast will allow the children to be awake and keep them thinking. A water bottle may be useful for the children to have on their tables in order to keep them hydrated and not have to get up in their test. Remind them that as their teacher you are there to help, whether they are worried about something or want to go over certain topics before the test they need to be aware of this.

In my experience I have always found that SATs is built up so much that the children are actually really nervous about the actual test. It may be a good idea to introduce the idea of a test by giving them past papers and putting them in the real situation. This will allow the children to gain tips such as reading the question carefully twice before they attempt it, not worrying about the ones they cannot do until the end and putting an answer down for every question even if they do not know it at all. This way when the children get to the real thing they will not have a panic or worry, they will simply have been in the situation before. By having a practice it will also give you as the teacher an idea of where their gaps are in their learning and be able to focus more on these specific parts.

During class time it may be a good idea to have quizzes each morning on different subjects to get the children prepared. The children will know what area they are struggling on and give them a chance to recap in their revision. The more children see questions in the format of the test the more they will be put at ease, as they will be so used to the structure and it will be normal for them. Avoid stressful situations, keep the children positive and relaxed. Focus on what the children can do and guiding them through the difficult areas and they will keep this calmness when they are handling the test.

The biggest thing I think is if you are covering all the displays for the children not to copy then the classroom will be bare and not an enjoyable place to be. Maybe you could put something in place of the work on the walls to calm the children or ask them what they would like to have on the walls to relax them. The environment they are in can have a huge impact on how they behave and how relaxed they are so get the children involved in this task.

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Tags: SophieW, Bristol, NQT, supply, Year-6, SATs, preparation,

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