How lucky are you to have such interesting parents! We have had so many comments from so many parents about what they remember from primary school. It makes me realise just how varied our experiences are and and how lucky we are to be able to share our memories so easily on our blog. I really hope that you take the time to read what all the parents have to say and think about what you might be able to say about your schooling years from now! Thanks for encouraging your parents to comment on our blog.
Hello to the parents of Year 5,
This blog post is specifically for you and your daughters will be delighted if you respond and leave a comment. We hope that it may also create some discussion at the dinner table. What are your memories of tests and exams in primary school?
I grew up in the state school system in Sydney from the mid 60’s to the end of the 70’s so my experience may be similar to yours. I still have my school reports which were flimsy little papers containing a list of subjects, the marks I had achieved and a place in my grade. The teacher’s comment was one sentence!
So no doubt we were ‘tested’ but I don’t really recall ever doing a test. I loved being at school and perhaps this is why I don’t remember testing. I do remember sitting in rows, SRA reading cards, cuisenaire rods and times tables. I remember reading aloud to our infants mistress and learning the rivers of NSW off by heart. We didn’t measure or weigh anything in maths and I certainly didn’t learn to work anything out in my head! The moon landing in 1969 was probably the sum total of the Science curriculum. Our teachers issued half yearly and yearly reports so unless they made up the results I guess we did do some assessment tasks and formal tests. Can you help me remember? What our your reflections?
Here is our first reply
Hello year 5! My name is Megan and I am Emily’s Mum in class 5G. I grew up in a semi-rural area of Victoria in the 70’s. I went to the local primary school of 950 children (the biggest State school in Victoria at that time!) It was a huge co-ed school with over 4 ovals and plenty of grassy spaces to run and play. I loved my years in Primary school. We had an art teacher, a Music teacher, a Physical Education teacher, a Librarian and a classroom teacher for each year level. I remember doing spelling tests from year 4 onwards each Friday morning and dictation and punctuation drill each week. We never had homework and occasionally we did projects on ‘project paper’. I used to get a lot of my ideas from library books and my father’s National Geographic magazines and was allowed to cut some of the pictures out of these. We did not have computers back then! I loved going to the art room and learning how to use clay and make pots using the ’spiral technique’. I do remember in Year 5 we had to learn how to do square dancing, a form of bush dance and hold boys’ hands! (We didn’t like that very much!) Those are the things I remember the most from school rather than tests or the actual work. I really enjoyed my years at primary school very much. The girls at Roseville College are so lucky to have so many wonderful opportunities to use so many variety of techniques to learn so many new things and subjects. You are all very lucky!