We’ve just survived our first week of of Year 6 SATs. It’s been a tense week. Actually, it’s been a tense month and I’m sure ours wasn’t the only household suffering.
For those of you who have been through the Year 2 version, let me tell you that the KS2 SATs are nothing like the KS1 SATs. KS1 kids usually don’t even know they are being tested. 4 years later, your child is all too aware of what is coming. They have time tables and know they are in for nearly a week of exams.
From what I can tell, our school was pretty low key compared to some. We had no breakfast clubs or after school tuition here. Our teachers had been careful to tell the pupils that the testing was actually for the school, not the children. But the kids had done practice papers and had been encouraged to ‘revise’ for homework, so anxiety levels were elevated.
I think some of the anxiety in our school was parent fuelled. There are some very ‘pushy parents’ in our school and it isn’t uncommon for their offspring to be tutored in Year 6, with a view to getting good SATs. This reflects well on the school, I suppose, but these kids are the ones that often incite apprehension in the others. Many are also promised rewards for good marks.
Last week involved a few tears and tantrums from our year 6 DD, but actually, the previous week had been the real killer. She seemed to think that her upcoming ordeal gave her the right to run the shop, which didn’t go down well with the rest of the family. We had a fair few clashes.
Thankfully, her KS2 SATs are all over now. We went for McDonalds for dinner last night, to celebrate.
DD thinks the exams went okay and we are expecting her to do well. We haven’t discussed the possibility of a reward but might get her some books she wants regardless of what grade she gets. She did work hard, after all.
It doesn’t really matter what level she gets. She has already got an academic place on the strength of her 11+ results and the secondary school she is going to tests them again as soon as they walk through the doors in September. By October half term, the stress of this last month will be all but forgotten.
But in a year’s time, our household will be going through it all over again as DD2 is now in Year 5.
Hopefully it’ll be less of a shock next time around. Things often are when you have more than one.