A Poem for Year Six
by Mrs Holliday
Today should have been the first day of your SATs
With reading and grammar and mathematics tasks
Your desks would be cleared and your minds would be full
Of tenses, times tables and arithmetic rules.
Each morning you’d come in for breakfast to sit
With your friends, to try and relax for a bit.
We’d chat and make sure you felt ready to show
All that you’d learned and all that you now know.
Some would feel confident, ready to shine
Some nervously waiting for the clock to strike nine
I am sure that you all would have tried very hard
Then enjoyed extra playtimes out on the yard!
But this year is different, no papers to mark
The school remains empty, the classroom is dark
Perhaps you are feeling a little relieved
Or disappointed after working so hard to achieve.
For our SATs week this week, you will stay safe at home
With your family and friends in a space of your own
You’ll continue to work hard and give it your best
Because the truth is, your learning is not just for the test.
There are skills you’ll acquire and facts you’ll remember
You’ve learned lessons to prepare you for life in September
You have built up your knowledge, year after year
You’ve made memories of wonderful times you’ve had here.
SATs form just a small part of your education
They don’t measure kindness or determination
They can’t measure confidence, courage or will
Artistic ability, musical skill,
They won’t tell of the times when at first it’s gone wrong
But you’ve picked yourself up and continued along
They don’t show as a person just how much you’ve grown
And the friendships you’ve made with the people you’ve known.
So although you’re not taking your SATs tests today
We have something very important to say
Your teachers have watched you and cheered you along
On your primary school journey, with all that you’ve done
You’ve aimed high, unafraid to stand out from the crowd
Year Six, you ARE Seascale, and you’ve done us proud.
Year 6 Project
I have spoken to lots of you over the phone about a project we will work on together, which might for part of our leavers' assembly whenever that may be. I will be sending out on EvidenceMe a series of tasks for you to complete and send back to me. The first ones are here:
- On Thursday, make yourself a bacon sandwich (or another yummy breakfast if you prefer!) and send a photo of you enjoying it for our Virtual SATs week breakfast!
- At some point this week, please video yourselves dancing to the song below and send it via EvidenceMe. Lots of you requested it for our leavers' song and I would like to put together a video using clips of you all dancing. You'll need to dance to at least 2 minutes of the track so I have plenty of clips to use. You can make up a routine, show off your best moves or just freestyle! Please make sure nobody else is in the video, although pets are welcome!