'I'm in charge of worrying' - Teachers taking the stress out of Sats tests

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It can be a stressful time for some schoolchildren facing Standard Assessment Tests (Sats).

But there are teachers who are trying to take the pressure off their pupils.

This note sent to Year 6 pupils at Bucklebury Primary School in Reading, Berkshire has gone viral on social media.

Tweet: Have a great weekend everyone especially Y6

Believed to have been written by Bucklebury Primary's teacher Mrs Thom, she lists a number of fun activities that her pupils should do in the weekend before their tests.

They include watching a favourite TV programme, going outside and enjoying the weather, eating ice cream and smiling.

She adds that if there is a need to revise, pupils should do a maximum of one hour in total.

She ends her note to her pupils: "Mrs Thom is in charge of worrying - you don't need to. You are all amazing and I couldn't be more proud of you."

On Facebook, Mrs Thom's message has been shared 62,000 times with 70,000 reactions.

The Eyfs Matters (Early Years Foundation Stage) Facebook page has shared the note, generating nearly 3,000 comments.

Louise Harry: I'm very fortunate - my daughter is a year 6 in Mrs Thom's class. We have spent a happy day ticking lots of those boxes. I'm passionate about Bucklebury School, a school that believes in growing the whole child 😊
Kevin Finch: What a wonderful teacher, I started to well up reading this, don't know what's the matter with me, think I'm beginning to get this thing called "feelings" ( not sure I like it much!) thanks for sharing X

But it's not just Mrs Thom who is reassuring their pupils.

Parent Jeanette Hooper posted this letter on Facebook from King Edwin Primary School in Nottinghamshire.

Facebook post

Addressed to parents and carers of Year 6 pupils, it thanks children for their work and adds: "Being a rounded, lifelong learner is what truly counts, not the score you got during a week of tests."

"We are all proud of every one of you."

BBC South East tweeted this letter from Silverdale Primary Academy in East Sussex.

BBC South East: The inspiring letter sent to #SATsweek children by Silverdale Primary Academy in St Leonards.

A sentence reads: "While you are preparing for the test and in the midst of it all, remember that there is no way to 'test' all of the amazing and awesome things that make you, YOU!"

The letter has been replicated by other schools in the hope of allaying fears of the impending tests.

Blog by Andree Massiah

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