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helipadded Sat 27-Jul-13 21:40:10

Hi, my eldest child has just completed Reception and I just can't seem to shake this feeling that the school aren't as good as I had thought.

Please tell me about what they should be learning in subjects like Maths and English, and how much PE they should be doing.

I looked at the National Curriculum but I find it quite overwhelming and difficult to understand in broad terms.

For example, is 1 or 2 sessions of PE a week enough?

Should they be reading fluently at the end of Reception?

How should handwriting be?

Should they understand adding, subtracting, multiplication (times tables), and division?

I'm also really questioning the end of year report. Should my child be coming home with a report that gives her a ranking or mark in each subject?

Thank you for your feedback and help. Wish I didn't feel so worried and concerned about school when my little one is still so young.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Sun 28-Jul-13 15:02:04

Reading Dr Seuss books with/to children this age is fun.

Talkinpeace Sun 28-Jul-13 15:12:39

My kids are teenagers
my view of Year R is horribly skewed by what comes after.

they are kids
enjoy their wonder
do not knock it out of them
do bugger all over the summer other than FLOOD them with happy new experiences

bollocks to reading schemes : they are history by year 5
bollocks to letter formation : history by year 3

do your UTTER UTTER UTMOST to create a child who is inquisitive, searching and happy
all else falls into place after that

MinimalistMommi Sun 28-Jul-13 15:15:58

Reading schemes are bollocks by year five....hmm because hopefully they have great reading skills by then?! hmm

Talkinpeace Sun 28-Jul-13 15:20:32

No, because so few kids are still on them : and the SEN kids have moved sideways off ORT so that its not a relevant issue.

Comparing ORT is an MN obsession that needs stomping on.

MinimalistMommi Sun 28-Jul-13 15:22:53

Yes, I should hope so that most kids will be off them!

thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 15:40:21

you actually have to work in a reception class to understand the relentlessness of these targets and the schools need to reach them.

4 year olds yawning over letter formation followed by numeracy while outside the sun shines and a whole world of discovery in forest school is wasted,

I know that our abysmal stats on teen happiness isn't just confined to relentless targets and exams that our kids endure throughout their school career but they cause stress and needless anxieties.

only in Britain can anyone post about targets and achievements of a 4 year baby.

good grief look at ourselves? what country starts formal education at 4 and ignores overwhelming evidence from most other countries in the world that its counterproductive, a waste of time, a doesn't make a jot of difference by the GCSE stage.

pumpkinsweetie Sun 28-Jul-13 15:48:07

Relax in the knowledge, many years ago 80's to 90's children didn't start school until 5, now it is 4-too much is expected of children of whom really should still be at nursery.

MinimalistMommi Sun 28-Jul-13 15:49:54

thebody I do know how relentless it is, before my DD's were born I was a Primary school teacher.

The Telegraph made interesting reading the other day about how GCSE results are influenced by children's genes not teaching.

I can't help myself from helping my children to learn to read at home though, I simply couldn't resist and it doesn't seem to have done any harm. My oldest DD's favourite activity is delving into a good book, she is reading Charlotte's Web at the moment and loving it. grin

I personally agree that children are better off outside and learning through play but in the UK that isn't the education system we have. There are a few Forest school scattered across the UK but how many children are fortunate enough to be ale to attend them? Not many sad

IfYouLeaveMeNow Sun 28-Jul-13 15:51:49

NationalCurriculum doesn't kick in until year 1. Reception is Early Years Foundation Stage - building skills for life and enabling children to become learners. If your child is happy to go to school, is well rounded and interested in school life then the Reception Year has most likely done its job well. Plenty of time for tests and homework and all that!

thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 16:24:53

minimal, yes I wasn't saying don't let a child read who wants to of course not but see that you agree that the sheer relentless targets are damaging.

we are out of step with the rest if the works here.

thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 16:26:20

oh to add all of our local schools have forest school so am surprised to hear there aren't in your area.

MinimalistMommi Sun 28-Jul-13 16:44:19

There is not one locally here sad thebody
Are you local ones state ran on private?

KingRollo Sun 28-Jul-13 16:49:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 16:54:03

god no all state and actually rollo that's not correct at our school or any I have worked in to be honest.

forest schools are amazing learning opportunities when used correctly.

all subjects can be taught well or badly though cant they?

thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 16:55:34

in Worcestershire and all of our local first and middle schools have them. guess we lucky then.

Talkinpeace Sun 28-Jul-13 16:57:19

Forest schools are an irrelevance

just take them outside for a walk, anywhere and encourage them to observe
every day

on the way to school
on the way home from school
on the way to the library
on the way to the corner shop
on the way to a play date

what is that plant?
what is that bird?
look at the sky?
look at that dirt?

how many cars went past?
how many bricks in that wall?
do half the people wear blue?

bearleftmonkeyright Sun 28-Jul-13 16:58:44

I agree with thebody. I have three kids, the last one has just finished reception and the oldest has just finished year six. Not one of them seemed to "do well" at the end of reception. My oldest has got 4's and 5's in her year six Sats. As long as they are happy at school, cooperating with their peers and can listen that is a successful reception year. I am a bit concerned someone is going to read this thread and wonder if their child should be reading fluently by the end of reception. My boy isn't, but he has made massive progress and I couldn't be happier

Sleepyhoglet Sun 28-Jul-13 17:02:34

Multiplication and division at the end of reception!!! Erm, no. That is an aim for the end of year 2. Please don't rush your child. Everything is introduced gradually so they have a secure grounding. Eg. Division should be introduced in year 1 in a practical way but it will be called sharing and then called more formally in y2 but still taught practically. They will learn written methods..(.I don't mean long division) in y2. By the end of year 2 they should know their 2,5,10 and start to learn 3x tables. Reading may not be fluent by end of year 2 even but should for most. At end of reception they will still be sounding out. They should have a comfortable pencil grip and be able to form letters. Joined handwriting at my school is introduced at the end of year 1 although in state schools this may be reserved till y3.

MinimalistMommi Sun 28-Jul-13 17:05:20

thebody are the local forest schools outdoor learning five days a week or is it a supplement to a state primary?

num3onway Sun 28-Jul-13 17:06:02

My ds got all expected and a handful of excelling in his report although the excelling bit were not really 'academic' e.g. Physical skills, self help skills, creativity etc

He is on level two reading books but still down as meeting expectations although I know some classmates are on much higher levels

A good reception class should do lots of learning through play and not sitting being taught at

formicadinosaur Sun 28-Jul-13 17:06:13

I really wouldn't worry. It's only the reception year. You can help him at home by listening to reading daily for 10 mins. Although there are targets relating to maths and English, reception really should be about play and learning through play

MinimalistMommi Sun 28-Jul-13 17:13:13

Unfortunately at my school cursive letters are being taught in reception term two sad and it has caused no end of problems for my DD (who is left handed) she writes the printed letter and then goes back and 'corrects' it so it looks like a cursive letter. The school want them ready for joined handwriting it seems shock

thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 17:13:37

talkin!! while children are 'in school' the paperwork and health /safety nightmare does not make 'taking them out for a walk' very easy.

of course that's what parents can do but the op was talking about school time wasn't she??

minimal, the forest schools are part of the school outdoor playground and are well used.

include climbing trees, ponds, hut building equipment, outdoor picnic areas etc.

formicadinosaur Sun 28-Jul-13 17:13:45

mine were average mostly in reception but have ended up top set by juniors

thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 17:17:17

completely agree about cursive writing.

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