Friday 5th May 2017
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, Trim Trail Monitors, School Councillors, Playground Pals, Drama Club, Eco Warriors, Tech Crew, Snack Attacks team, Brilliant Bookworms, Bully Busters. 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. taking the time to get know a Reception child who didn’t speak a word of English when she joined us; nurturing her confidence so that she is now happy to chat away in a language which is not her mother tongue. This takes patience. And understanding. But it’s only one example 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 feeling down 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 how well you can do in other ‘educational’ subjects: the creativity of some of you when it comes to drama, singing or playing a musical instrument; the phenomenal skill & understanding you show when using information technology; the grace & power you show through your dancing; the way you have practised your Rabona over & over again, so you can completely bamboozle the opposition; the exquisite paintings, sketches & drawings you produce in art (or on the back of your jotter!); the determination you have shown to ascend the most difficult routes on a climbing wall; the hours you have spent perfecting your back handspring in gymnastics. 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.
Thank you all again for your hard work this year,
& all the Woodlands Staff