Dear Year 6
I’d just like to thank you for all your hard work throughout the year.
I wanted to remind you that while we want you to do as well as you can in the SATs, they are not the only way you are judged as a person; there is so much more to you than reading, grammar & maths.
Your contribution to our school community has been outstanding; there are so many ways you have made a difference this year: Sports Leaders, House Captains, Junior Choir, School Councillors, Playground Pals, Eco Warriors, Tech Crew, representing Woodlands in various sports. Without you, Woodlands would not have been quite as wonderful as it has been this past year.
Simple little things you have done have made such a difference, e.g. working patiently to help a reception child improve their throwing & catching skills; giving up your break & lunch times to continue your work keeping the junior quad looking so wonderful – being an EcoWarrior is a 24/7 job, not just a once a week role! These are only a couple of examples of how you have been prepared to give time & effort into making Woodlands an even better & happier place to be.
I wish there was a SAT in working well with others or maybe one that judged how honest you are. It would be great if your ability to look after your friends when they’re having a tough time was given a mark and then sent off to the Department for Education. There should be a SAT that tells people just how well you keep going when things are difficult or one that shows how well you stand up for what you believe in.
Maybe they should have a SAT that measures your ability to tell really good jokes to make people laugh. Maybe they should have a SAT that measures your ability to tell really bad jokes to make people laugh.
SATs in reading, grammar & maths just measure a tiny bit of what makes you who you are.
The SATs don’t even measure in a whole range of important things:
creativity self-control wisdom motivation intuition affection peacefulness loyalty perspective rhythm faithfulness honesty determination kindness courage patience perseverance spirituality gentleness joy thoroughness generosity helpfulness flexibility discernment love character friendliness compassion sensitivity confidence
The list could go on & on & on … on & on & on … on & on & on … on & on & on … on & on & on … on & on & on … on & on & on …
Of course we want you to do as well as you can do in your SATs – you deserve to do well. However, we are proud of you because of who you are as a person, not just because you get good marks in tests.
Don’t forget to join us each morning next week at 08:45 in the junior hall for pre-SATs toast!
Thank you all again for your hard work this year,
& all the Woodlands Staff
I also want to thank the staff in in Y6 for all their wonderful work this year – again not just in English & maths but across the whole curriculum. You are lucky to attend a school where the staff realise the importance of a broad & balanced curriculum throughout Y6. You have continued to produce excellent work in science, geography, PE, art, etc. right up to the SATs – there’s been no narrowing of the curriculum in Y6 at Woodlands. SATs are important but they are not the only important thing in Y6. Less than 40 days to PGL! ;)