It is just a few more days until SATs week 2019 and Isaac, like thousands of Year 6 students around the UK has been studying hard since the beginning of this school year.
SATs are national tests that children take twice during their primary school life. Firstly, at the end of Key Stage 1 in Year 2, and then secondly, at the end of Key Stage 2 in Year 6 and are an indicator of the progress your child has made at school so far.
For kids, SATs tests are probably their most important exams to date so it’s natural they’ll get worried about them and Isaac is no exception. He has put pressure on himself to achieve “Greater Depth” and we have noticed that he has more irritable in the last couple of weeks.
How to help your child cope with exam stress
Don’t pile on the pressure – Reassure your child that you are proud of them whatever happens.
Eat well – eating the right foods (fresh fruit & vegetables) can help concentration levels and prevent them getting hungry during the tests, however, letting them choose their breakfast and dinner for the week will keep them happy and give them something to look forward to.
Sleep – It is important that they get a good nights sleep. Turn off technology an hour before bed and let them read before they go to sleep.
Encourage exercise – Exercise can help boost energy levels, clear the mind and relieve stress so Isaac will be continuing with his swim training during his exams, but even going for a walk or cycling around the block will help.
Have a treat to look forward to – Plan something for the end of the exam week – perhaps a movie night at home or a trip to their favourite park to celebrate the end of the week.
Have a worry box – get your child to write down their worries on a bit of paper and pop it in a worry box. If you have access to a chiminea or a barbecue you could also set light to it and watch their worries burn away – maybe you could make some S’mores or toast some marshmallows whilst you are there too.
How else do you help your child de-stress?