I wanted to share a letter we've sent today to all our Y6 pupils - they are a real credit to their families & our school.
Dear Year 6
I’d just like to thank you for all the hard work you’ve done, not just in this last week, but throughout the whole 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.
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 shows how you well 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 brilliance of some of you when it comes to 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 dribbling so that the football looks as though it’s glued to your boots; the ability to speak a second language fluently; the exquisite paintings, sketching & drawing you produce in art or the back of your jotter; the hours you have spent perfecting your handspring in gymnastics. The list could go 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