I've never really got involved with my children's school work, they've never struggled and always been in top sets for everything.
However, I thought I would play Mrs. Good Mother and get involved and try and help my daughter with her sats practice now she has entered year 9.
So, I found a website offering free past sats papers and printed off all
the past Shakespeare papers from 2003 to 2007. In my ignorance thinking they wouldn't know which actual play they would be asked questions on.
But, I now find out that not only do they know exactly which play they will be tested on, they know the actual act, scene and lines that they will be tested on! Romeo and Juliet! which has not been a choice since before 2003! and, of course, not one of the test papers I'd printed off.
Oh well! I thought, now I know that I can still help, so I printed off the parts she will be tested on, still trying to help, only to be told she already has these from school and had already worked through them, done very well and moved on!
The lesson I've learnt is that I should have done MY
from a DH Lawrence essay, Education of the People, published in 1918:
"How to begin to educate a child. First rule: leave him alone. Second rule: leave him alone. Third rule: leave him alone. That is the whole beginning."
I think that's just what I will do