First off, before I ask for advice, please let me say that I am not at all bothered by NC levels - I don't believe they tell me anything about my child that I don't already know and I think they are a misguided way of assessing children and what they have learned.
Having said that, I have a dd who is stressing hugely about getting level 6 for her SATS. I don't know why because she's more than capable of it. I have told her that SATS aren't really for her, that they are a way for the school to say "look how well we teach the NC" and they are used by parents misguidedly as some kind of indicator as to what sort of education their child will get. I have told her that they are for more important to her teacher than they are to her, that she will be assessed by her new secondary school anyway, that in all likelihood she will go back to a level 5 when she starts secondary school because KS3 level 6 is not the same as KS2 level 6 but despite all these highly salient points from me
she is still stressing about not getting it.
She is a bit of a perfectionist, she likes to get 100% in whatever she does and if she doesn't, then she's disappointed in herself.
I don't know how else to try and stop her from worrying about this. She takes every single practice paper incredibly seriously. I worry that she will be a wreck by the time SATS roll around as she will be doing a lot of practice papers between now and then (at school, not at home).
I have offered to do some level 6 work with her at home but she says she gets enough of it at school so she doesn't want to do more at home which I think is fair enough and I'd rather she focussed on other stuff like science, art, music and broadened her horizons this year than got bogged down in SATS levels.
I can only think that the teacher must be putting some kind of pressure on the children for her to be in such a state about it already. She was in tears last night because she missed 3 questions on a practice paper due to children around her distracting her (she was doing a paper, they weren't) and she was really worried that those 3 questions could have been the difference between getting the level 6 or not.
Is anyone else's child also stressing about this? What can I do to try and make this less stressful for her?