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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:51 pm 
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Virtually all my Y6 son has done this school year is SATs revision and mock SATs tests.

He is bored to distraction, and I think it puts the children under extra pressure. I have told him not to be bothered about them at all, but his teacher has told the class that their levels in the SATs makes a difference to which groups they start in at secondary school - absolute rubbish :x

Is it just my son's school, or are all schools like this :?:

They do have very good results in the league tables though :!:


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:01 pm 
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My DS spent a lot of his Year 6 studying for SATS only for us to be told by his school that they were boycotting them just five days before the children were due to sit them! Very frustrating. My DS still ended up sitting papers that he had already practised previously just so that the teacher could have her own assessment of his progress. I feel that the months leading up to the SATS were a real waste of time. I don't think many secondary schools actually pay much attention at all to these results anyway. My DS's school certainly didn't. They all do their own assessments once the children have joined them, that way they are more accurate and up-to-date.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:06 pm 
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At my DC's primary school they start to concentrate on SATS revision after the February half-term, so the children get three months of it, which doesn't seem too awful.

I don't think many secondary schools would set children based on SATs results - what a waste of time that would be.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:27 pm 
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My son seems to be spending a lot of his time teaching the year r to read......He is learning about the Romans as well.

I think he must be bored because he has turned from my lovely , compliant sweet boy into a bit of a nightmare.....

1) lighting matches under his duvet at night...
2) putting chilli sauce in his little sister's pack lunch so I have to take a new one to school...
3)Throwing a library book onto the roof....
4) growing his first spot ...
5)...and then squashing it to make a "spot beard"

I've changed my mind......Roll on secondary school !!!!!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:30 pm 
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er...yes.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:41 pm 
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Yep, my son is also learning very little in year 6. He is extremely bored but too polite to say so. I have actually considered taking him out of school altogether or sending him to a local Steiner school to keep his brain sharp.

But we recently moved house and he needs to make new friends locally and since it is only a year, best to tough it out. They have just begun working on SATS so that is a good excuse to do more reading and focus on giving more detailed responses to writing prompts.
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He has had a lovely term learning about Ancient Egyptian civilisation, helped by a teacher who is also an archaeology graduate.
We are making the most of the extra- curricular stuff on offer - Tag Rugby, signed up for an Archery course, learning trombone, visiting lots of local Museums. Life is short, childhood goes too quickly, make the most of the"leisure" time this year and prepare for next (though my daughter at selective Girls Grammar rarely gets any homework and romps through everything in class). So I wouldn't say year 7 is particularly challenging either.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:47 pm 
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Life is short, childhood goes too quickly, make the most of the"leisure" time this year and prepare for next (though my daughter at selective Girls Grammar rarely gets any homework and romps through everything in class). So I wouldn't say year 7 is particularly challenging either.

Couldn't agree more, if ever there was a time for an extended cheap term time holiday year 6 is it!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:28 pm 
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My dd has also been complaining about being bored in year 6. She said they are repeating year 5 maths and English. This seems to me a complete waste of time for her. I told her teacher last week at parent's evening that she was bored and she was surprised. I asked if this year was all revision but she said that it isn't. But I am wondering if it's all about Sats results, and maybe they are trying to bring the whole class up to level 5.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:36 pm 
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Ds1 has been allocated jobs throughout this yr(all yr 6 pupils do this),he is involved in the setting up and running of a club for yr 1 pupils by some yr 6 students. They have had a trip to a rainforest(Newbury) and have had a percussion week.They have already had their week away and so they have something to relate to when they are learning about rock formations,historical events,marine animals,soil types etc.
I am sure they have done more however I can't remember it all now :roll: .
Oh,and they are managing to fit in some sats work as well! :wink:

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:59 pm 
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MIdget's YR6 ws a complete and utter waste of time! He learnt absolutely nothing new, came out with same levels as he did in Yr5 as he was just bored, bored, bored. He kept calling out in lessons, why was he doing this? Because he knows all the answers already, but did they ever give him anything else or extra to do? Nope, it was about pushing and pushing to get the whole lot of yr6 kids above average in their SATs :( I do wish I had just pulled him out and had lots of fun at home instead!

Moving on to YR7, is he putting his hand up all the time? Not all the time no, because he's learning new things, yay!!!!

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