My son has his SATS all this week. Hours and hours of tests on literacy and numeracy.
My husband resents the SATS and is sure they are more about the school’s welfare than that of the children.
I don’t know what to think.
The truth is whatever we think, my son still has to sit them.
We went along to the evening at school where it was all explained to us. I was OK until the Head said that pupils should be dragged into school however ill as the SATS were so vital and that she was quite prepared to come and collect them from home if necessary. It just seemed a little extreme and potentially dangerous.
We invested in all the revision guides for my son.
He is a bright boy but struggles with written work. I think he has dyspraxia but 6 years of telling teachers this does not seem to get us much further. He has a special needs statement but I don’t think it is taken seriously as he is so intelligent. He reading and numeracy are superb but he finds any form of writing to be torture and also is really weak with spelling.
He has done some revision but nobody really tells you how much they should do.
I am torn between encouraging him to do loads and then remembering that he is just 11 years old. There is an education to be had in playing and running on the land.
I don’t want to stress him out but I also want him to show his best work.
So I suspect my lovely boy has had mixed messages from various quarters and is worried about his SATS.
So I made very reassuring noises and gave him a huge breakfast this morning.
I’ll be more experienced and better equipped next time but the oldest always ends up being the guinea pig of the clueless mum.
Good Luck to all children taking SATS this year and also to their parents doing their best. Perhaps that is all we can ask of children and parents.
What do you think?
Originally posted 2012-05-14 13:35:37.