A Prayer for SATs Season
During May, KS1 and KS2 SATs take place. Particularly in KS2 where greater emphasis is placed on preparing for SATs throughout the school year, some pupils can tend towards anxiety and worry. This prayer resource can be used at any point throughout the year to help children prepare and pray for their SATs, with a focus remembering that Jesus is with us and gives us peace.
Begin by making the Sign of the Cross. Where the Prayer Leader statements/questions are in bold, you might like to pause to reflect and/or share responses across the class.
Slides 1 – 2
Explain that this time of prayer will explore SATs and how Jesus wants to show us that He is with us and gives us peace.
Slides 3 – 4
Read the text on screen which explores responses to SATs that are scared, anxious, terrified, swamped etc. Be sure to validate these feelings, but explain that it’s important to speak out about these so they can be supported.
Slides 5 – 6 Read the text on screen which explores responses to SATs that are so-so, assured, tranquil, secure etc.
Invite pupils to share any other words which may express how children might be feeling about SATS.
Validate all feelings and lead into the story of Jesus calming the storm.
Read or invite a child to read the Gospel from Appendix 1, then ask two discussion questions.
Lead the reflection, which highlights that Jesus is with them and wants to give them His peace.
Finish with a final prayer, which highlights that God loves them no matter what the results of their SATs!
Finish with the Sign of the Cross.
Key Stage Variation
You might like to invite older children to come up with their own mnemonic for SATs, perhaps a reminder of how to approach them such as ‘Stop And Think Simply’.
PowerPoint or Online Presentation?
You can choose whether you would like to present the prayer using the downloadable PowerPoint or the Online Presentation. We recommend the Online Presentation for ease of use.
Where is my download?
If you choose to download the PowerPoint, you will usually be able to find it in your Downloads folder. You can change these settings on your browser (eg Google Chrome, Internet Explorer).
What software or equipment do I need?
You will need Powerpoint software if you choose to download the presentation instead of using the Online Presentation.
If using the Online Presentation, you will need an active connection to the internet.