Friday, 26 November 2010

A BROAD CURRICULUM

I've seen a lot of discussion in the newspapers about the pros and cons of the SATS tests in schools. Apparently, some schools focus very much on teaching to the test rather than offering a broad curriculum to their pupils. Troy Junior, at his school, I'm pleased to say, enjoys a broad curriculum with enrichment activities and school trips.

Recently Troy Junior's Year 5 class have been learning about our solar system. A recent homework was to choose an element of the solar system (sun, planets, comets etc.) and produce a factual document, poster or presentation on it. Troy Junior chose the sun and diligently researched it.

This week he comes home from school and asks us this question - "What is the hottest part of the sun". After we didn't answer he told us "Page 3". I asked him what was hot about Page 3. He replied with a cheeky grin and a cupping action with his hands.

I don't read The Sun, preferring the sober Daily Telegraph. However I am pleased my son shares my interest in astronomy and heavenly bodies.

(If any readers from outside the UK remain confused by this post, you may enjoy this link)

9 comments:

Ladybird World Mother said...

!!! Takes after his father... I must say, have been asked the same question by my children. Now I have the perfect answer... although might not be so well received.
Ditto to the SATS in our school here... good all round curriculum and loads of other things to do too. Perfick.
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Trish @ Mum's Gone to... said...

Priceless - he obviously did some excellent research on his topic!

Troy said...

LWM - yep, a chip off the old block.

Trish - if you google "the sun" then the first thing you get is the newspaper.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

That is so funny. You two obviously spend too much time together...!

CJ xx

Lane said...

Very good young Troy!

He's obviously got his solar system well covered:-)

Troy said...

CJ - it's a shame he doesn't say things like this more often then I could blog more regularly!

Lane - I was impressed with his joke and his response to why Page 3 was hot. Here's another astronomy joke "What did the astronaut say when he got to Mars?"
A: "Hello Mum". [that's because it was actually Ma's not Mars]

Debs said...

Love it. I can imagine Troy Junior will always be asking you homework questions.

Troy said...

Debs - fortunately his homework is presently very simple but no doubt that will change when he starts doing proper maths (as opposed to arithmetic) then I'll have to delve deep into my memory to help him.

Suzanne Jones said...

Aw, bless him.

And sounds like he goes to a good school.

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