In my last post, I did write how I dislike the SATS and the impact on our children. However this week, Little Miss has sat the tests and its been my job to be her chief cheerleader and support (along with Mr S of course) On Monday morning, we gave her the ‘You Got This’ card and everyday she has opened her lunch box to a new little card from me, just a few words to let her know I have been thinking of her. She’s collected them all and clipped them together in her bag, so I think they’ve been appreciated.
SATS week has been a pretty good week for Little Miss the Year 6 were invited into school early for breakfast and all took up the offer, so they’ve had sustenance, good company and a positive vibe to start the day. Apart from the time in the tests, they have also enjoyed a lot of time outside in the sunshine playing and had a treat day on Friday, where they were all spoilt by their lovely teachers. My memories of the final weeks of primary school were sunny afternoons on the school field and practising for the end of year show and I remember it as being one of my happiest school times. I hope she gets to enjoy similar now. Its strange that even with another half term left the SATS week seems like the beginning of the end of primary school.
On Thursday, I was excited that the SATS were over and expected Little Miss to be too, I had planned for us to go into town after school for a little treat. However, she was exhausted after the week of tests and despite my offer of cake at one of the little cafes, an ice cream sundae or similar, all she asked for was a slice of watermelon! This is not quite as easy when you live in a small town with none of the big supermarkets. The best I could find was prepacked watermelon slices for the afternoon and on Friday I went to the weekly market before work to buy a watermelon. Something as simple as a fresh watermelon has made her so happy. I shared a photo with my mum of her holding the watermelon with the biggest smile on her face, life is about the simple things.
I think we’re all relieved and happy that the SATS are now over, there’s no homework this weekend, simply two days to relax and enjoy. I was really proud to receive the message from Little Miss’ teacher amd knowing that she has done her ‘absolute best’ is all that matters to me.