I don’t know about you but my son has spent the last 9 months being anxious in taking his year 6 SATs. It doesnt matter how many times I had sat down with him and tried to reassure him about the tests he still felt inadequate and kept saying that he just wasnt ready for them. We expressed this worry to his teacher, back in September, at the start of him starting year 6. His teacher was lovely and reassured him that there really wasn’t anything to worry about and that he would do fine.
Over the past few months he had become more confident in himself. With the help from his teacher and support staff, his school levels improved and he began to feel happier about taking the tests.
But this didn’t stop him from having a few moments prior to the test starting, where he began to question himself and his abilities.
His teacher was always there giving him encouragement , motivating him and instaling a sense of self belief in him.
I know, from talking to other parents and his teacher, that he was not the only one who feeling anxious about sitting the tests. Children, of such young age, shouldn’t be feeling the pressure of tests and stress. They should just be children and enjoy their time at being young and care free. They have plenty to face when they are older.
I wanted to do something for my son and all of his class friends. So I made them little treat bags with an inspirational quote attached to the back. They didn’t cost much, mostly it was time more than money.
- I gathered together some coloured card and small cellophane treat bags.
- Found an inspiration sweet quote on line. Wrote it up on word
- Printed off some inspirational quotes from relaxkids and laminated them
- Bought 6 treat bags of Starbursts
- Stuck on the sweet quotes onto the card and cut them out
- Shared out the sweets equally and then placed them into the treat bags, folded over the edge and then stapled the card on the top
- Lastly, I placed the laminated quote on the back
We handed them out to the children on the first day of their SATs. The children kept the little quote cards in their pockets and in their pencil case for the rest of the week.
I am hoping that they took that a little bit of their concern away just for a moment and showed that we care about them and beleive in them.