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Oliver comes top of the class

School children who were inspired by the Chichester Post have written their own reports on their SATS tests.


The pupils in Year 6 at West Wittering Parochial Church of England School looked at online newspaper articles and felt encouraged by reading articles on the Post Newspaper’s website.


The children completed their reports and they were sent to the Chichester Post for feedback.


All the reports by the children were of an exceptionally high standard with good use of facts and quotes by fellow pupils.


However, Oliver Munday’s report really stood out with a really news-worthy introduction to help grab the readers’ attention.


SATS, or standard assessment tests, are used to evaluate children’s educational progress at Year 6.


The tests cover the three core subjects, English, maths and science. The papers are sent away to be marked externally with results being available before the children leave primary school in July.


More able children are teacher-assessed to see if they are capable of reaching the higher level.


The Chichester Post rewarded Oliver with Picturedrome cinema tickets as a prize for his excellent news report and all the children were given feedback and praise.


Oliver said: “I found the project really fun and it was a good piece to do because it was explaining how to deal with SATs and not to worry about them. I am really happy to win the cinema tickets.”


His report read: ‘Some teachers don’t agree with SATs because the tests put so much pressure on the pupils and teachers but the government say they have to be done to measure how good primary schools are and help secondary schools decide what sets children should be in.


‘My class teacher, Mr Weston, had a different view and stated: “I don’t have a problem with SATs but I think teachers should be trusted to administer them in their own time, at some point during the year.”


‘In addition to this, my headteacher, Mr Matthews told us: “I think the Year 6s did really well considering the amount of work they had to learn for tests. Their attitude was positive and they took it in their stride which is admirable considering the anxiety some children can feel towards tests.”


‘Like most schools across the UK, our school had a breakfast club which started at 8am. The breakfast included waffles, pancakes, strawberries, bananas, apple, toast, spreads and lots more. My teacher last year, Mrs Bowman, said: “Breakfast is always a highlight for Year 6 children in SATs week.”

‘It gave all the Year 6s a chance to chat and talk to each other about what tests they are worried about. A pupil from West Wittering Primary School, Jasmine, aged ten, told me: “My favourite part of SATs week was the breakfast because it was delicious.”

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