Firstly, big hugs to you mama and all other mums whose children are doing SATs next week.
Secondly, mama, I have never joined mumsnet but I have had a very fleeting look at the website and it didn’t seem to be a very positive place. I don’t mean to generalise but my local coffeeshop is a regular haunt for a mumsnet get together and well, no comment…ahem, anyway moving on please don’t become downhearted about those nasty comments. The mainstream media doesn’t exactly push subjects like home education so people are still really ignorant about it. The fact of the matter is that your son is above expectations so home education hasn’t harmed him has it?
My son is also at level 4 in writing and level 5 in the reading and maths. He is actually upset at the moment because he is in the top maths set and some of the others in his group are being entered for the level 6 maths paper but he isn’t. He actually feels like he has already failed in some way. This has really saddened me because he is good at maths and he now feels like he has failed before he’s started them. He’s quite worried about the writing paper as he does have some issues with his handwriting even though he is in line for a 4b. He is happy that he will be able to go in and work in the peace and quiet though.
I think you could have trouble with the school if you remove him next week. The difference with the year 6 SATs from the year 2 SATs is that they are marked externally rather than in school like year 2 SATs and we all know about league tables, reputations and the like. I agree with what the others have said if your child is ok about it then I wouldn’t worry too much about letting him do the tests. Unfortunately this is how it is in the school system. Apparently at high school the children are tested at the end of EVERY term and then of course the GCSEs and A levels etc. I think if you are regretting sending him back to school then you could home ed again before he starts high school, would your ds want to do this again?
At the end of the day it sounds like your son will do well and it is thanks to you being his wonderful mother and teacher, no one can take that away from you.
Our son is not going to be doing any last minute cramming this weekend, we have got some activities and days out planned and he is going to have a nice fun and relaxing time. If you do let your son take them, just try and be positive about them (even though you’re not!) it is possible that he might be more relaxed than you think and will probably breeze through them!!