Parkfield offers its pupils yoga to combat SATs stress

Parkfield School year 6 pupils have been enjoying yoga classes as part of their school day.

Year 6 pupils from Parkfield – the only Free school in Bournemouth – have been enjoying yoga classes to help them cope with the pressures of their SATs (Standard Assessment Tests).

The youngsters are among thousands of children across the country taking SATs, which evaluate youngsters in English and maths and enable the government to gauge how schools are performing.

Parkfield Year 6 teacher Toni Wilcox, said: “We felt yoga was necessary to help the children feel more relaxed and less pressured when dealing with exam conditions.

“Our yoga instructor Ruby Annels teaches yoga across the area and she has been taking the pupils through a range of different yoga and meditation techniques that encourage them to free their mind and focus more clearly.”

“Following each session, the children have commented on how they felt it helped to clear their mind and also allowed them to develop exam calming strategies.”

Ms Wilcox added: “Both myself and my fellow Year six teacher Kim Dunn, are incredibly proud of all our students; their team spirit, hard work and dedication has been exceptional.”

SATs tests are carried out at the ages of seven in Year two and 11 in Year six.

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