Concern about national tests was up there with the desire for a PlayStation 2 and one pupil's hope that her 99-year-old grandmother would live long enough to reach her century.
Mr Fletcher teaches Year 6 at Hobbayne primary school, in Ealing, west London. About a quarter of children at the 467-pupil school speak English as an additional language. A quarter are entitled to free meals.
He said: "All the children talk about getting good grades in their national tests and going to a decent high school."
Most of the children were realistic about their chances in tests and few expected results way beyond their capabilities.
Mr Fletcher said: "There is a common feeling that the children want to do the best they can educationally.
"I could not have imagined that the school's targets - and the stress - would be passed down so directly to the children."