It’s that time of year my boys are in the midst of their National reading and numeracy tests. I feel for them heading of to school to concentrate for a long period of time, especially for my youngest who is only seven and facing his first ever exam. Apparently he was told if they weren’t quiet their exam papers would be ripped up, he looked understandably sad at the prospect. I do think we need some way to assess how well children are doing but not if it’s going to frighten them, they are still quite little and just be handled more sensitively.
I want them to be eager and excited to head off to school not worried about a week of tests, how they will perform compared to their friends, dreading waiting for the results. In year 6 it might be worthwhile to stream the secondary school intake and I guess it can identify gaps in learning prior to that so teachers can take corrective measures and provide additional support. I just feel it’s a bit much when you’re only seven!
Fortunately we do little bits to help at home which can make the tests seem less overwhelming, I get that they are tired when they come home from school so we do not do additional learning every day, when I can coax them with something fun that captures their interest I schedule it in. I really like Reading Eggs for my youngest and they also have a Maths Programme for children up to 8. It is colourful, engaging and manages to motivate my youngest to want to learn, it has really helped him on his reading journey. All children learn at their own pace and youngest was not as keen as his older brother to read initially, he preferred being more technical, building and “inventing” things, fortunately Reading Eggs suited him and encouraged him to want to read, the activities are pitched in a way that interested him, he did not feel he was getting a formal learning session so thrived.
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