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3seater Thu 18-Jun-09 17:00:54

Dd due to move from infants to junior school in Sep.
Helped support dd class go along to a transition session today, was short look around school and small groups yr 2 children taking part in Yr 3 lesson; precursor to transfer day. Great I think.
Class complete a 'fun' activity art and craft make. Good idea.
Except is wasn't - everytime there was the slightest bit of misbehaviour whole class was bought back to mat to address this.
Very controlled session, no colouring, prescriptive cut and glue (glue on paper towels, no glue sticks had to use fingers, so as not to make mess) Everytime a child asked a question, was more or less told by teacher, 'beacuse I said so'.
Thing that worried me the most was half way through, teacher calls all back to mat again, holds up a piece of work and say's 'whats wrong with X's work, why isn't this v.good?' I was shock
The way teacher spoke to children in general was very 'you are a second rate citizen' (she was v. nice to me).
When I have previously looked round the school it wasn't like this.
I am now not sure I wan't dd to go there am I BU? Is this what junior schools are like?

CrushWithEyeliner Thu 18-Jun-09 17:03:25

good lord that sounds awful

3seater Thu 18-Jun-09 17:05:16

so not just me then?!

LadyAga Thu 18-Jun-09 17:12:08


I can't believe she said that to a group of very young children. I teach adults and when it's time for group feedback I ask "how do you think they could improve xyz". I am not sure even that is a suitable question for children so young.

Definitely not just you!

shootfromthehip Thu 18-Jun-09 17:13:58

What a horrible, horrible set-up. I'd be worried.

3seater Thu 18-Jun-09 17:17:36

oh dear, am have to rethink this

3seater Thu 18-Jun-09 17:17:52

going to

welshone51 Thu 18-Jun-09 17:26:11

The school may be a very good one but this particular teacher seems to be very controlling and more focused on the work being for display purposes than about the enjoyment the children should have from doing it.

She seems to think that the children are a lot older then they are and seems more concerned with results rather than progress.

Could you have a word with the headteacher or other parents with children in her current class to see what their opinions of her are, as she may have just been having an off day or been a bit overwhelmed with the situation, for example she may have felt that with parents there she had to show that she was able to handle the childrens behaviour and be able to control the class.

3seater Thu 18-Jun-09 17:31:36

maybe I could dig around a bit, I need to be sure if dd isn't to go there as will be difficult to arrange elsewhere now...
This teacher is leader of her year, so shoudln't be too nervous

Bucharest Thu 18-Jun-09 17:38:04

Sounds negative....

piscesmoon Thu 18-Jun-09 17:39:03

'Is this what junior schools are like? '

NO-I would re think.

ll31 Thu 18-Jun-09 18:34:38

Sounds awful - sounds like a boss I had as adult.. awful thentoo!

FabBakerGirlIsBack Thu 18-Jun-09 18:37:23

That really does sound awful.

I am dreading finding out which teacher my son will have next year as if it is a certain one we have already had words and I am sure will be having them again if he has this teacher.

LackaDAISYcal Thu 18-Jun-09 18:40:34

not unreasonable at all.

I would take it up with the head teacher tbh. Sounds a bit ott for such young children.

cookielove Thu 18-Jun-09 18:51:40

i also think you should take it up with the head teacher, the poor children in that glass

3seater Thu 18-Jun-09 19:12:21

oh dear, this is not a good start. The worst thing was the kids were so accepting of it, they didn't really bat an eye lid, just soer t of went along with it all. I'm sure dd would be mortified if that had been her work. I am going to have a think about what to do, I might try and speak with dd teacher first and see if she can shed some light

slowreadingprogress Thu 18-Jun-09 19:18:48

I'd be very worried, that was a totally crap and unintelligent way to take a class

I understand you're concerned about your dd's place etc and no one wants to rock the boat before their child have even climbed aboard, however I really think you HAVE to talk to the junior head about this

If he/she tries to defend it in any way, don't let your dd go there would be my advice!

slowreadingprogress Thu 18-Jun-09 19:19:21

child HAS even climbed etc!

pranma Thu 18-Jun-09 22:51:00

That sounds appalling I would never have spoken to any group of children like that let alone little ones.

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