Well, the Christmas holidays are now over and everyone is back to school or work. If you want to see some lovely mementos of the festive season, go to: ” https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/tgiuk “. Jack whose parents are from the Congo shares here some lovely insights into life at primary school and gives some good advice.
My primary school life by Jack aged 10
My name is Jack and I go to a school in the east of the city. Primary school life is difficult at times because of the exams. I am a bit scared of SATs in Year 6 because I don’t know if I am going to fail or pass. SATs are the end of year test to see if you are up to standard and they test English, Comprehension, Maths and Reading. These are the key subjects in the national curriculum 2016 (because the curriculum changes).
In Year 6 (the final year) at our school, you get to go on a five day residential trip and you get to do go-carting, rock climbing and rowing. I am looking forward to this.
The books that make you up to standard are: Alex Rider, Moby Dick, the Chronicles of Narnia and other classic books.
In the school hall, you get to go on the monkey bars and go on ropes. Also P.E. is about learning sports. My teacher did a club called curiosity club and he taught us Crab Basketball, that was the funnest game of the year. When we do Art, we normally use wet paint and we draw pictures and then paint them in, for example, we did a world war 1 painting of people in the trenches. We also got to tell the class what our background was, I am British and my parents are from the Congo.
I absolutely love science, I think its my strongest subject. We get to do investigations and see who has the right answer or the wrong answer in our groups. Last term, we did an investigation about shadows, we had to see if we pushed the rubber close to the torch, whether it would get smaller or bigger. Fortunately, our theories were right and we got 6 house points each. The answer was when you push the rubber forward,the shadow would get bigger as you are pushing the moon towards the sun.
Maths can be quite difficult at times because of algebra, we have to try and use our knowledge to decode the question, a stands for a missing number. Also, I don’t really understand ratio proportion but a useful tool is a maths dictionary.
English is my second strongest subject because you get to be imaginative in writing stories, every week we do a piece of extended writing which is hard work for all of us but we manage to do it.
My best memory of primary school is going to a farm in Year 2, because we got to touch and feed the animals. We also got to play in a huge children’s playground.
Hope you found this useful, I will come back and tell you about secondary school.