The year 3 assessments
So the school says that the end-of-year assessments in Year 3 are just to give the teachers an idea of what’s stuck in the children’s minds, and what gaps they need to plug next year. They’re not major exams. The kids are only eight years old, after all.
And then the school sends home the “revision packs”. 1kg worth of English and 5kg worth of maths. Or something. Homework is suspended for almost a month in order that the children work their way through the revision packs “as you [the parents] see fit”.
Well, what’s that supposed to mean?
I know mums who’ve pinned their children down to a three-hour-a-day revision routine. I know others who have come to blows with their children over it. But we, in our house, haven’t touched it – well, not unless you consider DD writing “too hard” over a few pages of the maths.
Every now and then, I suggest gently to DD that maybe she might like to have a look at some revision with me. And she says, “No thanks!” and I don’t push it.
My rationale is thus: 1) If the school wants to see where the gaps are, what’s the point in me cramming her at home to plug them? and 2) If DD doesn’t do as well as she hopes, she might learn the value of revising for herself – and apply herself willingly to it next year.
It’s a tough line to take, maybe, but I’m sticking with it, flying in the face of Competitive Mum, who talks incessantly about how many hours revision her Darling Bud has done.
Can I just say again: They’re eight.
Meanwhile DD’s decided to revise for her creative writing assessment this week by typing a story on the computer. It’s not the best, but I like her used of pictures. We’ll turn her into a blogger yet.