What is your child being taught at reception?

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EllieNW3 Sun 10-Mar-13 17:49:41

I would be interested to hear what your child is being taught at reception currently (reading/writing/spelling/maths)? Is the whole class being taught the same or is your child more advanced than others?

The reason why I am asking is that we are currenly living overseas (moving back to the UK this summer) and I think I made a bit of a mistake on choosing an IB school for my nearly five year old daughter. It's a long story but we didn't have much choice and the British curriculum school she was offered a place just didn't seem right and it had loads of negative reviews. When my daughter was at nursery (pre-reception) the teacher thought she was one of the most academically advanced so as my daughter was interested, she introduced her to blending words. Now at her current school the teacher has only just finished going through phonics, sorting words by starting letter and has only just introduced a spelling board for my daughter and she is supposed to be in the most advanced group. I am not as worried about maths, as she seems to know her shapes (3D as well as normal) and is confident with numbers, sorting etc etc.

As we are now moving back to the UK and we are looking for her to go to a British curriculum school I am panicking a bit. I have been teaching my daughter to read at home using the Oxford Read Write Inc (she is currently level 2) and I am focusing on the 45 high frequency words. Ideally, I wouldn't want to be doing as much teaching at home (as let's face it we would much rather be playing in the park) particularly as she already spends so much time at school. I have spoken to her teacher but I understand that they just aren't allocated enough time for teaching basic academic skills (there is a lot of focus on 'topics on inquiry'). Anyway, I could go on for ages. From my experience, whoever told me that there isn't much difference between the IB and British curriculum wasn't quite right (although I did know that IB might be a bit slower at the start, but didn't realise how massive the difference would be!).

Thank you for reading and I would really appreciate to hear your comments x

HorribleMother Sun 10-Mar-13 18:02:01

Are you worried that she'll be unprepared for English year 1? Because from sound of it she's pretty average (ime).

learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 18:08:59

My daughter could already read pretty well before starting school and has done lots of topics like farms, space, oceans and whatever, but as far as reading, writing and arithmetic are concerned I don't think the school has taught her anything. But then she knew a fair bit before starting, (probably more than the EYFS curriculum requires) and some way into what Y1 would require.

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 18:09:45

The 45 high frequency words were scrapped in 2007.
There isn't a British curriculum England has a different curriculum to Wales which has a different curriculum to Scotland which follows a different curriculum to Northern Ireland. So it depends where you intend to settle when you return and next year England may have a new curriculum ...although a new curriculum for reception children was introduced in September ...confused

In England reception children follow the EYFS which is a play based curriculum ..in Wales children follow the Foundation Phase until they are 7 (play based) in Scotland children follow Curriculum for Excellence (you've guessed it ...play based in P1) and in Northern Ireland children follow the play based Foundation Stage ..

The English reception curriculum focuses on the Prime areas Speaking and Listening Personal Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development ...

EllieNW3 Sun 10-Mar-13 18:11:30

Yes, I am a bit worried that she would be 'behind' others. My friend's child who is in a British school here is a lot more advanced in her reading and writing (she is used to be the same as my daughter a year ago) but I guess she is more advanced that most in her class. Her school seems very pushy though. My friend told me that they are tested on 45 high frequency words by the end of reception. They are shown each word and need to say it within a short time and not sound the words out. They are then asked to spell the words too.

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 18:13:36

The 45 high frequency words were scrapped in 2007 Ellie so your friend's school must be in a time warp

EllieNW3 Sun 10-Mar-13 18:19:12

Thank you for your replies. By the sound of it maybe the teaching in some of the British schools here is a bit old fashioned?

We will be moving to London but it does sound like that my daughter should be ok - phew (-:. I am Scandinavian so I started school at the age of 7 so I did think that some of the schools sound a bit too pushy for 4-5 year olds.

EllieNW3 Sun 10-Mar-13 18:21:19

mrz - clearly so (-:. I know at least two other British schools which still use high frequency words here in Dubai.

learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 18:23:54

I'm not sure if mrz meant no high frequency words at all or just a particular group of them which was scrapped in 2007. My daughter's school still uses them. I don't know how many but I think it's more than 45.

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 18:24:52
EllieNW3 Sun 10-Mar-13 18:25:51

learnandsay - thank you for that. If your daughter supposed to know all of them by the end of reception?

EllieNW3 Sun 10-Mar-13 18:28:28

Sorry meant to say 'iS your daughter..?' (-:

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 18:28:40

There are 300 HFW in the Letters & Sounds document

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 18:29:24

They aren't meant to be taught by sight

learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 18:29:32

She not only knows them but has apparently gained access to the words cupboard where the words the class haven't been shown yet are kept and she seems to know quite a few of those too. The teacher told me that children who already know the words will be asked to spell them instead of reading them.

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 18:34:22

learnandsay all children are meant to learn to read and spell the words

learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 19:00:31

I've heard you say that before, mrz. That's just what the teacher told me. I don't know what she meant in relation to the other children, (maybe nothing at all.) I didn't ask.

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 19:01:24

I said it because it's a fact learnandsay

learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 19:03:26

That was never in doubt. But what the other children have to do has nothing to do with what my daughter has to do. Maybe that's why the teacher didn't say anything about them.

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 19:04:54
Floggingmolly Sun 10-Mar-13 19:10:46

Your dd "gained access to the words cupboard". grin You crack me up, learnandsay.
I wonder how you'll cope when your dd's peers begin to catch up, or even overtake her. It's bound to happen.

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 19:15:00

It concerns me that a "word cupboard" exists

intheshed Sun 10-Mar-13 19:20:21

My DD is in reception, she started in Sept knowing all her letters but not able to read or write whole words, so pretty average I think (unlike learnandsay's DD!). Now halfway through the term she is on phase 3 phonics, able to write simple sentences using phonics to make a good attempt at words she doesn't know, and has just started learning about using capital letters and full stops. With reading, she started on pink books and is now on red books, in what I think is the ORT reading scheme? I also read the Julia Donaldson Songbirds books with her at home and she can read the level 2 and some level 3 books.

In maths she can count to 100 and do some simple addition but I was told in parents evening she needs to focus more on being able to explain the relationships between numbers, eg knowing which is the highest/lowest out of 4 numbers, and number bonds to 10.

Hope that gives you some idea? I was told she is making good progress and where they would expect her to be at this age.

learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 19:43:23

I won't know what my daughter's peers are doing, so it's never going to bother me.

wild Sun 10-Mar-13 19:45:49

must get a lock for my words cupboard wink

simpson Sun 10-Mar-13 19:46:54

DD is in reception and they are learning to read/spell tricky words (they get 10 at a time and do a test when they have finished and are given another list ....to do, don't get me started on this method hmm although I think DD might have finished now as she has not had any for a while.

She has learnt the beginning, middle and end of a story. Stranger danger/road safety, 2 and 3 D shapes, parts of a plant (ie stem, petal, root etc) and is currently learning about space (which seems to be incorporated into other subjects like numeracy in counting backwards till "blast off" and having to write a postcard to an alien. Also making a rocket with junk modelling etc.

She could read very well before starting school (but not write). I am not sure what phase she is on as we are having "issues" with sound time ATM.

Numeracy wise she can add/takeaway using a number line (only to 20) and do basic addition in her head but does have problems holding a number in her head ie 15+3 and she would count from 1 to get the answer (which was why a number line was introduced.

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 19:49:45

sad I don't have a word cupboard! should I ask for one

ClayDavis Sun 10-Mar-13 19:50:25

God forbid we let children have unfettered access to words, mrz. The only appropriate place is to keep them in a guarded word cupboard.

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 19:51:59

I'm so feckless when it comes to words I just scatter them to the four winds

ClayDavis Sun 10-Mar-13 19:54:26

I've been known to make interactive displays with words. Admittedly it sometimes ends up looking like they've been scattered to the four winds.

TheSecondComing Sun 10-Mar-13 19:54:35

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learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 19:55:29

I guess it's a cupboard with some words in it.

kilmuir Sun 10-Mar-13 19:58:15

He has lots of fun. He has been playing in the 'pet shop', making a superb mothers day card and tissue flower posy this week.
He is also loving reading and getting a new book in his bag

simpson Sun 10-Mar-13 19:59:07

What is the point of a word cupboard though?

EllieNW3 Sun 10-Mar-13 19:59:49

intheshed - thank you very much. That was very helpful. So I guess my DD isn't too far behind. Maths she seems fine (apart from number bonds to 10 which I can do at home) but it's reading and writing that her school is quite behind.

I will keep teaching her at home and when we decide on the school ask them where the other children are so can brush up her skills a bit more over summer (-:.

kilmuir Sun 10-Mar-13 20:02:53

There will be a huge range of abilities

TheSecondComing Sun 10-Mar-13 20:05:57

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EllieNW3 Sun 10-Mar-13 20:07:45

Thank you very much for your replies. I either have a delay in getting your messages or am too daft to keep up with them (I suspect the latter lol).

I will try not to worry about it all too much but I guess I can't really stop teaching my DD at home so that she won't have to play catch up in September.

DDs current school is great at 'topics'. They've done senses, watercycles, mini beasts and all sorts which is great (but I wish they would find a bit more time to teach reading/writing). They also spend a lot of time playing and doing arts and crafts, music and alike.

simpson Sun 10-Mar-13 20:08:13

They are not really expected to do number bonds till yr1 but obviously if they are ready before then, they will learn them earlier.

Number bonds to 10 are: 8+2, 9+1, 5+5, 6+4 etc etc...

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 20:08:33

number bonds to 10


EllieNW3 Sun 10-Mar-13 20:10:14

TheSecondComing - I had to google it too. I understand number bonds being different ways of getting to 10 - ie 1+9=10 or 4+6=10. Interestingly, I have just bought one of those wipe clean books about them (as they were buy two get third free)

simpson Sun 10-Mar-13 20:10:34

Ellie - you can buy a game called "shut the box" which is fab for number bonds. My DD loves it and plays it with her older brother.

ClayDavis Sun 10-Mar-13 20:10:38

Number bonds are addition and subtraction facts. For example the number bonds for 4 are 0+4, 1+3, 2+2, 3+1 and 4+0. They also need to know the associated subtraction facts e.g 4-1.

EllieNW3 Sun 10-Mar-13 20:12:20

simpson - thank you for that (-:

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 20:14:39

In reception we teach doubles and one more and one less (instant recall)

Pozzled Sun 10-Mar-13 20:20:40

My DD has been doing an awful lot of topic based learning (dinosaurs/space/keeping healthy) but her school does seem to be working quite slowly with reading, writing and maths. I'm doing a lot with her myself, but I'm not sure if the school has even started on vowel digraphs yet, and they don't do guided reading yet. They don't even seem to hear the children read individually very often.

So I think it will depend a lot on the school, OP. I'm in the same position as you in a way, I'm concerned with how slowly the school are working so I spend a lot of time teaching my DD at home. I try to make it fun and play based as much as possible, but it's still frustrating because I can think of other things to be doing with that time.

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 20:24:10

We don't do guided reading in any year group reception to Y6

EllieNW3 Sun 10-Mar-13 20:26:35

Pozzled - I totally understand. I would so prefer to support what the school is doing and do some minor things here and there. At the moment, I feel that it is down to me to keep DD on top of things.

We would love to get DD to a very academic school (we currently have offers from two schools) so I would prefer her not to be totally behind if they happen to get a place for her.

HorribleMother Sun 10-Mar-13 20:31:10

DC4 is in reception, so I ought to have a good feeling for what avg is like; well, to be fair, other DC were above avg eventually, but at reception age I always thought they were very avg (and probably were).

DS can accurately
...read numbers up to 100.
...double 5 & smaller numbers.
...add one to a number under 20, but not take away one or +/- 2.
...remember phonics of alphabet letters.
...read Oxford RT books with a lot of support at 1a-2c level.
...sight read about 15 words (maybe 10 more he sometimes knows).
...form his letters quite well, copy down words.
...spell some cvc words.
...draw (copy) most anything he is shown.

I think his drawing+scribing is well above avg, his reading about avg, his math a bit below avg or maybe even worse.

sunnyday123 Sun 10-Mar-13 20:40:17

Dd is in reception, they spent sept-oct doing pure letter sounds before given reading books at oct half term. They use ort and dd started on stage 2 although some started lower. She gets 2 books per week and is on stage 3 now. Her teacher advises that they like to get those on reception up to stage 4 by the end but obviously not all kids are the same. She has covered the sh, ch, we, oo, th sounds etc and is currently learning phase 3 words (me, my he, she, we etc) and phase 4 (they, all are, one, out).

In maths its been about one more and one less, recognising and ordering numbers to 20. They will start number bonds soon to 10.

I'd say your child is about the same as mine so wouldn't worry. There are kids in dds class who are not reading at all yet.

Pozzled Sun 10-Mar-13 20:40:36

That's interesting,mrz. Do you do a lot of individual reading? TBH, I'm not so worried about the lack of guided reading, but what I do find annoying is the lack of real progression in phonics- something that I've learned a lot about from your posts!

numbum Sun 10-Mar-13 20:48:22

pozzled keep reading at home. My DD was reading before starting school but her reception year was diabolical. Guided reading for her was reading with the ones who couldn't read so she could 'help' them hmm and she only had one to one reading about 10 times all year.

However, I kept on reading with her at home (at her request) and she's now, in year 1, currently reading The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe (again at her request and yes she does understand it and is using words from it in her writing correctly).

OP, there's a great website called teach your monster to read which we use at our school once a week and it's made a big difference. There's also the bbc bitesize website which might give you an idea what your DD needs to work on academically if anything.

EllieNW3 Sun 10-Mar-13 20:53:58

numbum - thank you. I will definitely have a look at those websites.

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 20:57:10

We attempt to listen to children daily and do shared reading in class as part of our phonics input

Pozzled Sun 10-Mar-13 21:03:26

Hmmm I wish more schools were like yours mrz.

numbum I certainly will continue to read with DD at home and will continue to work with her on the phonics she doesn't seem to be covering at school.

teacherwith2kids Sun 10-Mar-13 21:04:10

Oh no! You mean to say that I should have locked all the dinosaur names up in a cupboard because they're only for 'special advanced children with pushy parents' to access (rather than the child with a statement of SEN, who can read them all, and tell you a lot about each dinosaur to boot)...

And I leave words - in the form of books - strewn all over the place for ...shock, horror ... every child to look at should they choose to do so.

Pozzled Sun 10-Mar-13 21:09:00

I know, teacher. I've obviously been doing it wrong as well- I've actually been displaying words, making word collections, and encouraging the children to find new ones.

As soon as I get back to school, I'll lock them all up until each child can prove that they're worthy enough to get the next one.

numbum Sun 10-Mar-13 21:09:53

teacherwith2kids you just know those parents will steal your keys and get a key cut so their child can access the dinosaur names right?

TheSecondComing Sun 10-Mar-13 21:11:09

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teacherwith2kids Sun 10-Mar-13 21:12:32

First job for tomorrow - take down the display of all the words that the children have 'borrowed' from books and stories and poems and class readers and thought that they might like to use in their writing. They might be (shhhhhhh) only 'for the very advanced who have been taught to read on sight by their parents'.

learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 21:13:32

You lot are funny. Access to the word cupboard has nothing to do with me. My daughter told me that she'd read the words in it, which ones they are allowed and which ones they are not. But she also told me her teacher wants to take her to the moon.

Pozzled Sun 10-Mar-13 21:14:02

Guided reading is when the teacher reads with a small group, who should all be on a very similar level. The children will all read the same book, or part of a book, which they then discuss.

Pozzled Sun 10-Mar-13 21:15:35

lands I know the word cupboard isn't to do with you, we're taking the piss of the teacher because it's just so damn bizarre a concept.

teacherwith2kids Sun 10-Mar-13 21:19:43

I find a) the existence of the cupboard and b) the proud 'isn't she clever' way in which you mention your child's access to it equally amusing, L&S.

learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 21:22:37

OK, teach, next time I mention cupboards I'll have to mention the thousands of uninteresting ones that my daughter has also seen just to appease your sense of proportion.

TheSecondComing Sun 10-Mar-13 21:30:45

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learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 21:35:30

Not nearly as bizarre as a word mongoose.

Haberdashery Sun 10-Mar-13 21:46:08

Ellie, my DD is in Y1 now, but at the end of Reception, what they were expected to be able to do was roughly:

Have a decent handle on numbers up to about 20 - be able to count objects and do one more and less or maybe do up to 10 more and less if a bit more at home with numbers. Some children were doubling and halving numbers; using physical objects as a prop is fine.

Know 2D shapes and be starting to know 3D shapes. Be able to point out why a triangle is a triangle etc (3 sides, 3 corners etc).

Be able to read common words (they, are, you etc) or easy words, probably using sounding out to read the less familiar ones rather than being able to read them all immediately. More able children might have been reading harder words or less common words and would be expected to be letting go of sounding them all out. They would know all the basic phonic sounds of the English language and be able to put them together at a fairly basic level.

Be able to make a good and phonetically plausible stab at writing words - no more than a sentence or so at a time would have been expected, though some children would have been at the stage of producing several sentences and using capital letters and full stops.

They'll have done a bit of topic work, perhaps some science along the lines of using cups of water/sand to fill up other vessels and seeing how many cups you can fit into this jug or similar. Maybe some nature study along the lines of going to the park and looking at leaves - common features of leaves, what colours leaves can be, what happens to leaves in autumn, what insects can we find and what are they like - can you draw them etc. Maybe biology - DD's class had chicks hatching and talked about the life cycle of a chicken and had butterflies hatching so talked about those too.

They will have done some history or social studies - perhaps talking about what was different when their parents and grandparents were young and asking family members about that, or investigated some common celebrations in the UK - Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Easter, Bonfire Night etc and talked about traditions that different people have. They might have talked about families - who is in their families and drawn pictures of people who are special to them etc.

Your daughter sounds like she is doing fine. At the end of Reception there is a huge variation in how far children have got with academic stuff and it is not necessarily related to how well they will ultimately do in their studies - right now in Y1 my daughter's mixed Y1/2 class has children on ORT Red and children who are off the reading scheme entirely. There are children who are working on one more and one less and children who are learning about multiplication and division at a simple level. There are children who will happily sit down and write a page of A4 which is nearly all spelt correctly and children who struggle to write a few words in a sensible order.

It sounds like your daughter is currently somewhere in the middle of that range and as she is still in Reception, she is doing just fine and will probably fit in perfectly well to any Y1 class.

TheSecondComing Sun 10-Mar-13 21:50:39

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learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 21:55:34

I guess some people have a very limited sense of what's bizarre, then.

simpson Sun 10-Mar-13 22:01:08

I do find it odd that certain words are locked into a "special" cupboard tbh...

Having said that a couple of the things DD is having to do at school I am a bit hmm about too...

learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 22:04:46

I'm not sure if a lock exists. I've seen the words in my daughter's classroom, they're laminated and have velcroe on the back so that they can stick to a board. In the past I've also seen such words taken home by children to learn. I guess they have to be kept somewhere.

numbum Sun 10-Mar-13 22:08:06

* In the past I've also seen such words taken home by children to learn* but what other children are doing doesn't interest you...

learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 22:10:47

The child in the past was a member of my family.

simpson Sun 10-Mar-13 22:19:54

What words are these?? <<curious>>

TheSecondComing Sun 10-Mar-13 22:21:02

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learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 22:23:33

no, go, want, him, his, an

my daughter listed a few.

teacherwith2kids Sun 10-Mar-13 22:24:34

Ah, no, I think not. I think normal words for 'less bright children than L&S's DD', as 'school has not taught her anything so far' so she does not need them.

(Though of course her mother is very proud that she doesn't need them, and wishes us all to know what a good job she has done in teaching her child to memorise word shapes of some basic words through 3 years of continuous effort read

learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 22:25:20

I'm not aware of any secret words but there might be a masonic lodge for infants in my daughter's school. You'll have to remind me to ask.

teacherwith2kids Sun 10-Mar-13 22:27:59

I would suggest 'crepuscular'.

learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 22:28:24

Good on you, teach. Psychic mumsnet strikes again. I guess agility, probably, decides and Crufts are basic words, then.

numbum Sun 10-Mar-13 22:29:44

'no, go, want, him, his, an'...yep genius child

And L&S if you think your child has learnt nothing since being in reception maybe you should read your own thread called 'nothing special' or something like that

Jibberoo Sun 10-Mar-13 22:31:44

Is it just me that's freakin out per what kids are taught in reception? They're babies still (4-5yo) and should be learning to love learning through play not spelling, maths etc can someone tell me why in the uk the govt has decided that such small children should be so schooled? Or is this normal everywhere and I'm just out if touch ?

learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 22:33:13

I can tell you now that she will pronounce crepuscular


It's not enough of a regular word for me to worry about the mispronunciation.

learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 22:35:38

Sorry, numbum, I'm not following you. What's your point?

TheSecondComing Sun 10-Mar-13 22:36:38

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Haberdashery Sun 10-Mar-13 22:52:44

Jibberoo, the playing is learning. They're not being sat down and drilled to remember things or learn facts. They are being introduced to some interesting stuff that they may like to think about. For a child of that age, that IS learning. And it is perfectly possible to play spelling or counting or writing or reading or anything else that a child might like to know about. My DD played all the way round Tate Modern today - it was great. She set herself some 'challenges' (which is how they describe learning tasks at her school) and completed them and was delighted with her results. She learnt a lot. She didn't know she was learning stuff, she just had a lovely time playing with her mum in an interesting building with lots of stuff to look at and think about. Which is basically just like school, really, isn't it? Only the mums aren't at school.

simpson Sun 10-Mar-13 23:31:58

DD is starting to kick off about the lack of formal learning because she is ready for more (literacy wise) her behaviour in and out of school has gotten worse massively because of this and "sound time" seems to be the main sticking point (for her) as she is learning words/sounds she has known for over a year.

Her teacher is fab and tries her best but tbh DD wants more (but is not getting it ATM) sad

(this only applies to literacy - numeracy she is average, and yes of course she loves to dress up and play "tea parties" etc but just needs 15/20 mins a day to extend her really.

Thesecondcoming - I really think DD should be doing phonics etc with yr2 as this is the level of her reading, but the school won't entertain it sadly sad

learnandsay Sun 10-Mar-13 23:48:33

simpson, can you and the teacher not create a workaround? The phonics is doable at home. And maybe some of your daughter's projects can be based around the books that she's reading. Your daughter is doing so well, and her teacher has shown so many times that she's willing to bend the rules in your daughter's favour. I think she might have reached her limit. But there's no reason why together you can't pick up where the school have forced her to leave off.

simpson Sun 10-Mar-13 23:58:29

I do stuff with her at home but I worry about the message it's giving DD (that she does not learn at school but learns with mummy) iyswim sad

Only had a brief chat with her teacher on Friday at pick up time so going to see how it goes this week (but Thursday last week was horrific an hour and 45 min tantrum - she was out of control and it's all (IMO) due to her having had a TA 121 which has suddenly stopped since Xmas (she has mentioned it every day asking when it will start again) and having to do phonics with everyone else.

simpson Sun 10-Mar-13 23:59:14

She has homework most weeks about the book she has read (book report type things which is good.

ClayDavis Mon 11-Mar-13 00:38:12

Is it possible the behaviour is caused by the fact that she was having her needs met but now isn't, Simpson? My cousin had a similar problem moving into an American school after having been in Reception for 3/4 of a term. She'd taken to learning to read and maths like a duck to water and suddenly found herself back in pre-school again for 2 years. It caused huge behaviour issues.

The teacher ought to be differentiating their phonics to meet your daughters needs even without the 1:1 TA though.

EllieNW3 Mon 11-Mar-13 05:42:00

Haberdashery - you made me feel a bit more at ease. Hope I don't come across as one of these pushy parents. My DD isn't the brightest for sure but I know she would be ready to follow what is taught at British schools so hence I am teaching her at home (although I would prefer her to learn most at school) to ensure that she can settle well in her new (undecided) school.

Jibberoo - I totally agree. Where I come from we only started school at 7 and quite happily played at home until then. I love the idea of kids being allowed to be kids but am just panicking now as I am realising how much less my daughter's current school is teaching her in comparison to British schools in one of which she will be joining in September.

simpson Mon 11-Mar-13 08:16:06

Clay - you have hit the nail on the head I think...

She was exactly the same towards the end/last term of nursery and the behaviour disappeared over night the day she went to school all day.

EllieNW3 Thu 14-Mar-13 15:15:13

Thank you again for everyone for your replies. I have just visited a school which has a place for my daughter and they said not to worry too much about my daughter that they will able to help her to catch up with others if she is a little behind. I loved the school
and as they won't be tested her I can relax (-:. So panic over I can actually go back to teaching her a few bits for fun (-:

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