Woo-Hoo... it's over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Apart from the waiting
My son didn't like the maths paper, but then he isn't very confident about his maths, even when he does well. He said it was very similar in content to the practise papers (Nfer).
The English was a straightforward piece of creative writing. He was a little despondent about that, which surprised me, as it's something he loves and excells in- and he said that he thought of a better idea for one of the other options half way through the one he'd chosen- but it was too late to change by then! He said he didn't have any problems with his choice- it was just he liked his other idea better. He was so down about it that I thought he'd decided he'd blown it- but I think the anti - climax effect of all the work and trying not to worry and finally doing the tests has hit him. He just wants to forget about it now until the results.
It's so hard to judge from their reactions, sometimes, isn't it?
Anyway, there don't seem to have been any big shocks or surprises in the tests. It seems that the Nfer practise papers C / D have been pretty accurate in content and level from what most of the kids have said.
It may be worth finding out nearer the time how they sit the tests. We didn't think to ask and just assumed that it was a case of 2 tests in one day- one in the morning , one in the afternoon.
I know that a child's optimum concentration is in the morning (worked enough years as a TA to know that!) but hadn't actually thought all the tests were together.
Yesterday they did VR in the morning, had a 20 minute break, then into the NVR. Same again today with Maths and English. It wasn't a problem for him, but my son wasn't expecting it.
Finally, I'd really advise just boosting them up all the way. One boy in my son's year is a high achiever, and is expected to sail through easily. He fell apart yesterday during the NVR and was removed from the room sobbing and wasn't in school for the rest of the day. When we got home, I just asked if he'd been there today. My son said "Yeah" then just said quietly "Thanks for not putting pressure on me Mum."
Felt all choked up!