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Y6 done no work since SATS

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ChicagoBulls Wed 06-Jul-16 20:09:44

What are your y6's doing now?
At dc school they've done no maths or English or any lessons really since the SATS. They needed a break yes, but AIBU in thinking it'd be good to keep up what they've learnt? What about the summer slide?? This is summer slide plus two months!
They are practising for an end of term play relentlessly. Learning songs to perform & watching DVDs. The teachers don't seem any less stressed though, shouting at them and threatening to call off the play if they don't show more enthusiasm confusedconfused they're bored rigid!

blueskywithclouds Wed 06-Jul-16 20:14:15

Why don't you go in and ask the teacher, that's the only way you will know for sure that they are doing no work. IME, English and Maths are done but under nowhere near as much pressure therefore the children deem it as "not work". When else are they meant to rehearse their play? Normally you aren't allowed to do anything like that before SATs so it is crammed in after. If the school play/concert was cancelled I'm sure the parents would complain.
Like I say, ask the teacher to clarify if you are concerned.

ChicagoBulls Wed 06-Jul-16 20:15:55

Thanks! I have. He confirmed.

ChicagoBulls Wed 06-Jul-16 20:16:46

They have made posters for the play...is that English?

SaucyJack Wed 06-Jul-16 20:17:00

I was just gonna say our Year 6 has been really busy recently rehearsing for their Leavers' play that they're performing all of this week....

Meh. Are yours going up to secondary in Sept? I doubt two quiet weeks are really here or there.

hotdiggedy Wed 06-Jul-16 20:19:10

They are 11 aren't they? Let them have a break and enjoy themselves while they still can and have some memories with their friends before they all move on to new schools that aren't based on SATs tests.

ChicagoBulls Wed 06-Jul-16 20:19:17

And no, I would not complain if the play was cancelled, the teacher is threatening to cancel it because the kids are not showing enough enthusiasm. Just cancel it, save all the stress confused

Eebahgum Wed 06-Jul-16 20:21:36

In my experience, the first part of the year in year 6 has more than its fair share of maths and English. The end of the year is the opportunity to catch up on subjects that have been sidelined such as art and pe. A huge number of schools are preparing for end of year plays at the moment. There's no reason they should be watching DVDs though unless it links to their learning in some way.

Pearlman Wed 06-Jul-16 20:23:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AChickenCalledKorma Wed 06-Jul-16 20:25:15

I started a very similar thread in education. I agree with you. In terms of their actual education they would be far better off having a decent balanced curriculum throughout the year, rather than months and months of deadly SATs preparation, with no light relief, followed by weeks of intensive "fun". I feel that primary schools completely lose sight of the fact these children are continuing their education after the summer and could do with maintaining a bit of routine. I feel for the year 7 maths teachers that probably have to go over an awful lot of forgotten stuff.

Hoppinggreen Wed 06-Jul-16 20:25:56

My DD and her friends have done lots of trips and their fun things since Sats and very little if any work - fine by me

hippoinamudhole Wed 06-Jul-16 20:29:41

Ours have transition for the last 2 weeks of term so they are already at high school.

acasualobserver Wed 06-Jul-16 20:37:14

Oh look, another shit school story. Good choice, OP - Mumsnet can't get enough of them.

FranHastings Wed 06-Jul-16 20:37:21

My child is also bored rigid rehearsing for a play. She says they have done no English or Maths for ages. I would be much more in favour of balance throughout the year rather than this state of affairs.

I wouldn't even really say it's good drama as the usual people have all the big parts (yes, I am aware I sound like one of those parebts) and the rest of them are stood round like lemons for hours on end being quiet. No talking or reading allowed.

ChicagoBulls Wed 06-Jul-16 20:38:35

I agree about having fun but this is not fun, I could hear the teacher shouting at them from the playground, noones enjoying it not them or the kids it seems.

Perhaps I have it wrong about summer slide then, I thought it was a concern to not at least keep practising.

Terrifiedandregretful Wed 06-Jul-16 20:40:58

As a secondary teacher I agree it's a problem; they appear to have forgotten everything by the start of Yr7. Also as a drama teacher It doesn't sound like the kids are getting a very positive experience of drama either!

sunnydayinmay Wed 06-Jul-16 20:43:07

Give them a break. They're probably all exhausted, counting down the days, maybe a bit nervous at the changes in the next few months, and ready for secondary. They'd be unsettled regardless of whether they were doing English and Maths or singing.

They'll be straight into work at a pace they won't believe when they start secondary.

Janeymoo50 Wed 06-Jul-16 20:46:37

Am I the only one who doesn't get "our poor kids are exhausted" by the end of summer term!!!

ConfuciousSayWhat Wed 06-Jul-16 20:49:11

They're doing nothing at our school too. With the kids off to any one of up to 4 secondary schools in the area it's major disruption at the moment as they all trundle off for induction days too

Palomb Wed 06-Jul-16 20:49:46

My 11 very studious daughter is absolutly bored as shit of school this whole year. They're sacrificed a whole year of learning for a whole raft of utterly meaningless tests and teacherswho are so bored of the whole thing they can't be arsed to teach.

I genuinely think my daughter is doing well despite her school, not because of it.

TheDailyMailareabunchofcunts Wed 06-Jul-16 20:51:56

My daughter has done fuck all bar rehearse for a play. It seems most days she doesn't have a teacher.
It's such a bloody waste of time.

Creampastry Wed 06-Jul-16 20:53:57

Mine have done sweet FA! Quite concerning since the SATS results are so bloody shite.

Notcontent Wed 06-Jul-16 20:55:12

My dd is only in year 5, but they also seem to have done no work since the half term break... It seems strange given that there is supposed to be all this emphasis about raising standards!

jayho Wed 06-Jul-16 20:56:18

yep, week's residential followed byweek preparing for school production followed by preparing for 'take over' day - they get to be the teachers - followed by three day's transition to secondary...

may explain why i was pissed off when school n tified safeguarding when I took Y6 out for one fucking un-authorised day.....let them know at 8.15 am btw

Pile in the judgey protocol and 'education's valuable' peeps hacked off

Oblomov16 Wed 06-Jul-16 20:57:03

Is always the same in year 6. Everyone I've ever spoken to. I'm not sure it's ever going to change.

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