Jordan has really posted this letter to Michael Gove and is eagerly awaiting a reply. In the meantime he’d love you to leave a comment below and tell him whether you agree with his views.
Dear Mr Gove
I am writing to tell you that I think SATs should be banned in this country. I have several reasons to support my view.
Firstly I believe the SATs put undue pressure on young children, often resulting in them performing poorly.
Secondly, we don’t learn anything new in Year 6 because of all the practice tests we do. If we didn’t do so many practise tests, we could learn interesting things like how cars are built and why your funny bone tingles when you hit it.
I believe if we got our tests back to see what we got wrong, that could be useful because then we could ask our tutors to work on those questions. However, we do not get them back which is not very helpful.
In my opinion, the only good thing about SATs is that our teachers give us a drink and a biscuit before we do them.
Please could you take into consideration what I have written, and abolish them?
Last year I taught a lot of RE. It’s not my specialist subject (I’m an MFLer), it just worked out that way. When I was looking at the schemes of work for various year groups, I noticed that some stories seem to come up year after year. So how do you hold a child’s interest when you know that they’ve done this every year for the last three years? Equally to the point – when you’re teaching the same lesson in several different schools, how do you stop yourself getting bored so that you can present this to the children as something fresh and exciting? Ideally, you do something else, but as we all know – sometimes it’s a case of “It’s in the Scheme of Work therefore it MUST be done!” And if you’re self-employed it’s best not to argue with that.
One story in particular from last year was the Good Samaritan. I can remember hearing this story as a child – in school, in Sunday school, in church…. The teachers would choose some children to come and act the story out and the first time it was fun. The second time was OK. The third time it was boring and by the fourth time I just didn’t bother listening any more. With this in mind I knew I had to find something a bit different to cover the story. That’s where youTube came to my rescue. I know that in some schools YouTube is banned, but fortunately I’ve been working in schools that are forward-thinking enough to allow it. I found this lovely Lego story which the children really enjoyed – especially when all the lego men starting singing Kung Fu Fighting!
Another YouTube RE resource that I have to share is David and Goliath. I haven’t had the opportunity to use it, but I wish I had because it really made me laugh when I came across it. It’s the story of David and Goliath sung to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody.
Related post: REsources – Part 2 (Christmas resources).
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