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Yr2 DD very behind in maths, has been offered an intervention

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clc99 Fri 13-Jan-17 18:00:05

Hello, my DD is 6 and I'm yr 2. She's been struggling with maths for a while now (can't do number bonds to 20, or the 2xtable). We've tried and tried with her, playing games etc but she gets really frustrated with us and so we've hired a tutor, due to start in early Feb. However she's come home from school with a letter stating she needs to join a class for a maths intervention, 3 times a week for 30mins for the next 10wks. It doesn't state what lessons in class she'll be missing I. Order to undertake these. Should I be worried about this? The letter comes from the SENCO teacher, who I was unaware was having any dealings with my daughter. The school are notoriously uncommunicative - I've been waiting for the teachers to arrange an appointment to discuss DD for over a term and they can't seem to find time for me. What is the 'Every Child Counts' programme and should I be worried about her? Thanks for reading so far

user1484226561 Fri 13-Jan-17 19:03:40

no of course you shouldn't be worried, she is struggling in maths, she is getting extra help and support in maths, its not that deep!

troutchicken Fri 13-Jan-17 19:55:14

My DD had an intervention in Yr 3, and whilst she is unlikely to go on to study maths at university, it transformed her understanding and confidence. I will be forever grateful to the TA that delivered it.

clc99 Fri 13-Jan-17 23:42:16

Ah, ok, thanks for that. I'm most upset that the school isn't keeping me fully aware of her lack of progress. But I do appreciate they are taking steps for her. Thank you for taking the time to reply.

rollonthesummer Fri 13-Jan-17 23:48:26

That's great the Senco is involved! Be pleased that the school have recognised she needs extra support and are putting it in place.

DelphiniumBlue Sat 14-Jan-17 00:06:49

Its great that she's been offered the interventions. Keep on playing maths games with her, some children need a lot of practice to recall number bonds and tables, but keep it fun, you don't want to put her off. You could try dice games, or any board games where you have to add counters or dice, it doesn't need to be " educational " games.
I am in a Year 3 class, I would say that half of them don't really know 2x table - they can count in 2s, and can therefore work out what ( say) 2x7 is, but they don't recall it instantly. And there a lot who couldn't instantly tell you the answer to ( say) 8+7, although given enough time they could answer by counting on their fingers. About a quarter of them might get it wrong because of inaccurate counting.
Practice is vital, just keep going,but stop any session as soon as either of you .gets tense or fraught in any way. There are loads of ways to build in number bonds into everyday life if you are creative - " granny and grandad are coming for tea, how many places shall we lay at the table?" .
Are you able to identify what the issue is - memory or conceptual understanding?

tutorwho Sat 14-Jan-17 00:10:08

I would see how she gets on at school as well as with the tutor.

If the tuition becomes too much, she may have to stop in order to be able to deal with school and the Maths intervention.

BackforGood Sat 14-Jan-17 00:22:53

But you do know she's xtruggling with maths - you say so in your op.
Now the school have been able to find the resources to give her some extra support, they have written and told you that.
Not really sure what the issue is?
Surely this is a good thing?

mrz Sat 14-Jan-17 07:06:13

Toomanycats99 Sat 14-Jan-17 07:34:39

My Y1 daughter is currently having a motor skills intervention. She's in her second 6 week stint. She loves it - to her it is playing games!!

MsAwesomeDragon Sat 14-Jan-17 07:42:51

I would grab every intervention ever offered to you. You know she's struggling with maths and are trying to do something about it by getting a tutor, they know she's struggling with maths and are trying to do something about it with this intervention. You're on the same team here with the school, you all want to help your dd get better at maths. If you want to know more details, could you manage to speak to the teacher? Catch her after school if you're doing pick up, or give the school a ring (to ask her to ring back, teachers aren't always available to answer the phone). The school will most probably be perfectly happy to answer your questions and put your mind at ease.

JustRichmal Sat 14-Jan-17 07:54:47

To learn times tables, do one sum a day. Start it on the way to school, then ask it 5 or 6 times throughout the day.

stillwantrachelshair Sat 14-Jan-17 08:01:37

Have they told you she will be missing lessons? At our school, the interventions are 20mins long and happen before school, after school & during lunchtimes. All are run by the class teachers.

Clavinova Sat 14-Jan-17 19:45:31

I clinked on the link - which intervention is she having? I would be worried if my child needed the 'Numbers Count' intervention for the 'lowest achieving learners' and the teacher hadn't discussed this with me especially as the blurb mentions a 'detailed diagnostic assessment' and 'the teacher liaises with parents.' If your dd has had a diagnostic assessment then the results of this would be useful to pass on to her maths tutor.

TwitterQueen1 Sat 14-Jan-17 19:50:57

No, of course you shouldn't be worried. She's getting extra help for a subject that she's having trouble with.

All my DCs had interventions for one thing or another. And they are all now at uni. You should welcome this and be thankful! Why worry? The school is doing its job. The teachers are providing extra support. This is a great thing for your DD and you.

AllTheLight Sat 14-Jan-17 19:52:13

The current thinking is that the most productive use of a TA's time is for targeted interventions for children who are behind. It's really common OP.

SaltyMyDear Sun 15-Jan-17 00:05:50

Just because the letter is from the SENCO doesn't mean the SENCO has any dealings with your DD.

The teacher and the SENCO discuss the data (I.e attainment) they then decide x, y and z will do this intervention. Which is run by a TA. The SENCO prints off a form letter. TA runs intervention.

It is highly unlikely the SENCO has had anything to do with your DD. And highly unlikely that anyone besides a TA will run the intervention.

If you're lucky the teacher and SENCO will discuss her attainment again at the end of the intervention. But I wouldn't count on that. After all she'll have been in an intervention so they can tick that box.

Scabetty Sun 15-Jan-17 21:58:01

I do year 2 interventions. I track progress and feed back evidence to head of year. If progress is sufficient child comes off. Most children make good progress and begin to keep up with class lessons. I do maths, reading, phonics, writing, S&L snd EAL support.

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