On Saturday, the Early Years Foundation Stage shared a photo of one teacher’s weekend homework assignment for her 10 and 11-year-old students. The assignment, from Mrs. Thom of Huckleberry Primary School in Reading, England (god, that sounds charming), features a list of activities that will help prepare her students for their upcoming Year 6 SATs (not the SAT you're thinking of—this is a British assessment test for schoolchildren).
J3 Homework for Monday 9th May
We are now in the last couple of days before SATS and it is vital you use your time this weekend wisely. This your homework for this weekend. Please complete as many of these activities as possible and tick to say they have been done.
• Go on a bike/ scooter ride
• Read a book
• Watch your favourite TV programme
• Eat Haribo or ice-cream
• Spend time with people you love
• Laugh until your tummy hurts
• Go outside and enjoy the weather
• Go for a swim or a walk
• Spend time on your favourite hobby.
• See friends
• Run until you just can't anymore
• Cook or make something
• Have more Haribo or ice-cream
• Play in your garden
• Do something you have never done before.
If you feel you have to, you may revise, BUT you can only do this for a maximum of one hour total.
REMEMBER—Mrs. Thom is in charge of worrying—you don't need to. You are all amazing and I couldn't be more proud of you.
HAVE A FABULOUS WEEKEND :)
The list consists of bike riding, eating ice cream, and even chilling with friends. Wait, that's not homework—that's just fun. Loads and loads of fun. Seriously, why was this even assigned? The kids probably would have done these things anyway.
It's not mentioned specifically, but the purpose of Mrs. Thom's awesome assignment was probably to help alleviate students' stress and anxiety surrounding the upcoming SATs. "REMEMBER- Mrs. Thom is in charge of worrying—you don't need to," she wrote.
Studying for the test is definitely not a cake walk; it’s stressful AF. In fact, a recent survey showed that 90% of children in England feel pressured to get a good score on the exam.
Many parents loved Mrs. T's idea.
In the comments, one parent shared a similar letter.
Friday 6th May 2016
Dear 6 (and their parents/carers),
Thank you for all your hard work this year. Thank you for showing a good example to the rest of the children in school. Thank you for having a positive approach to learning and impressing us with your progress all year.
We are constantly amazed by the incredible people you are becoming. Your talents and skills, be it in gymnastics, dance, music, football, singing or any of the myriad of other skills you developing, impress us daily. Being a rounded, life-long learner is what truly counts, not the score you got during a week of tests.
Nest week is SATs week, the week you have been thinking about all year. You are all ready for these tests. You will do your best, because that is who you are!
We are all proud of every one of you. Whatever score these tests give you, know that you have worked hard to get it and that you have done everybody proud. We are only sorry that there aren't tests to score your humour, your personalities, your kindness, your positive attitude, and your resilience. We don't need a test to tell us how amazing you are, nor will this test determine how successful you will be in the future. It is one week of tests, based on your time at King Edwin. Show them what you are made of! Show off! You have done the hard bit—all the learning and work in the run up to this. You have this in the bag!
Thank you for being you. And thank you, parents/carers, for doing such a great job.
All staff and Governors of King Edwin Primary School
Let's hope Mrs. Thom's students don't crack under the pressure to relax.