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Children smash their SATs

posted 9 Mar 2018, 09:30 by Tim Williams   [ updated 9 Mar 2018, 09:30 ]
Primary school children are limbering up for their SATs with the help of Nightingale Academy.

A series of Smash Your SATs events have been held at the school, in Edmonton, to help prepare Year 5 and 6 pupils for the tests.

Hundreds of children – from Fleecefield Primary School, Meridian Angel Primary School, Alma Primary School and Bowes Primary School – have spent time at Nightingale taking part in activities to boost their dexterity and problem-solving skills.

Alec Laing, assistant vice principal, said: “This is the latest Smash Your SATs event which have now become a huge part of what we do here at Nightingale. Children who come along get Smash Your SATs t-shirts and badges. They have a fantastic time at these events and enjoy the opportunity to work with children from other schools.

“They are learning vital skills of resilience and overcoming problems and that there are different ways of tackling challenges. It gets them thinking in a different way when meeting obstacles. They are out of their own school, out of their comfort zone and doing things they have never done before so it challenges them.”

The events also give local families an opportunity to experience the school.

Mr Laing said: “We are a completely new school with a now excellent reputation for involvement with the community. Everyone who comes here comments on how much things have changed for the better.”

The fully interactive sessions include circus skills, table tennis, breakdancing and problem-solving team activities.