Testing in schools and all that

I have been reading a lot of discussion on Twitter about the governments announcement this week on testing times tables for 8/9 year olds in all schools in England in 2020. Once again I am frustrated by yet more standardised testing of our children particularly as my son will be the year in which this happens. He has already ‘failed’ his phonics test in year 1 due to not liking made up words. He scored 20 which coincidentally is the number of real words in the test. He is also by the way reading fluently and at gold level which in my understanding is more usual for the year above him – and this is a summer-born child. He can happily count up and down in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s but as yet has to get the leap to understanding this to be his times tables. Learning by rote as I did is not coming …..

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My current working environment. Sqk decided today was the day to be sick at school … so I am marking third year exam papers laid on floor in our lounge… taken Jan 24, 2018 @ 13:46
My current working environment. Sqk decided today was the day to be sick at school ... so I am marking third year exam papers laid on floor in our lounge...
Our newly decorated lounge including new paintable paper after at least 21 years. Just in time for us to move – hence neutral colours. taken Jan 26, 2018 @ 17:05
Our newly decorated lounge including new paintable paper after at least 21 years. Just in time for us to move - hence neutral colours.
Bathroom also had its first coat of paint since we moved in so I think will be 15+ years (brought off my parents) taken Jan 26, 2018 @ 17:07
Bathroom also had its first coat of paint since we moved in so I think will be 15+ years (brought off my parents)
This sofa is getting crowded …. taken Jan 31, 2018 @ 17:46
This sofa is getting crowded ....
My current view in caravan…. taken Feb 03, 2018 @ 17:47
My current view in caravan....
Don’t think our house has looked this tidy in a very long time … decluttering for photos on Thursday taken Feb 04, 2018 @ 19:11
Don’t think our house has looked this tidy in a very long time ... decluttering for photos on Thursday #housemove

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