Boring, boring Sats revision

11th June 2004 at 01:00
Pupils at Gipsey Bridge primary do minimal revision for key stage 2 Sats.

"We are far too busy doing far more interesting things than practising tests," said Joanne Jones, Year 5 and 6 teacher at the 85-pupil village school near Boston, Lincolnshire.

She and her husband Simon Jones, who is the head, share the class and teach through cross-curricular topic work.

Thus a topic on the Ancient Greeks involved a trip to a Greek restaurant, writing myths, putting on a Greek play, sewing Greek costumes and making a massive Minotaur mask.

The geography topic of rivers involved sailing down one and writing poems about it, and turning Longfellow's Wreck of the Hesperus into a film script.

The only test practice this year was writing two timed stories, which pupil Harriet Stainton, 11, thinks is right. "I didn't really want to spend much time doing preparation because I prefer my normal lessons," she said. "It's quite boring to prepare a long time before the exam."

Inspectors have praised the school for its above-average results, particularly in reading.

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