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maria7125 Tue 08-Sep-09 21:36:05

Hi, new to this site but wondered if anyone can give me some advice? My daughters class now has year 2 3 and 4 in the same classroom with 1 teacher and 2 assistants. There are 27 in total. The class size is not my concern, it is the age range of children. My daughter is on the autistic spectrum, she is awaiting assessment from the ed psych for extra help with she does not currently receive. I have a meeting with the teacher next week to discuss the situation. Anyone experienced the same situation?

dogonpoints Tue 08-Sep-09 22:22:35

The stage children are at is more important than their age so I would not be concerned at all about a yr 2/3/4 class. In Scotland, a compositie class would be restricted to 25 so 27 does sound a lot. I would have thought the real issue here is getting that extra support for your dd

UniS Tue 08-Sep-09 22:25:11

In a small school this would be quite normal. A Key stage one class more or less.

Ponders Tue 08-Sep-09 22:27:25

Having Y2 in with Y3 & Y4 is unusual though - a small village school would more likely have R/Y1/Y2 & then Y3/4 & Y5/6 or a combination.

KS1 & KS2 in the same class must be difficult for the teacher?

CarGirl Tue 08-Sep-09 22:30:39

the children will be given worked aimed at their level via smaller ability groups, this happens whether they are all the same age or not so the fact they are mixed years doesn't really matter IYSWIM.

Hulababy Tue 08-Sep-09 22:32:01

Yes, I would have though having KS1 and KS2 in the same class was unusual. Must make it hard for the teacher covering two different stages of the curriculum, working towards Y2 SATs, etc.

However I thinkt he key thing here is to ensure your DD is getting the support she requires.

Clary Wed 09-Sep-09 00:30:45

If a school is small this certainly can (has to) happen.

A friend is teaching in a school of 45 children, so 2 classes, one FS2 and KS1, one KS2.

A skilled teacher can make it work to differentiate the work, tho I feel it must be quite a challenge.

Agree, 1-1 help for yr DD prob more important.

madwomanintheattic Wed 09-Sep-09 00:46:48

i visited a school today where there are only 18 pupils from G1 -9... the teacher essentially has them sit on three different tables 1-3, 4-6, and 7-9, and differentiates for each child within a rough 3 grade band framework. i am at a loss how she manages, but listening to her, she knows exactly who is working on what, whether they are struggling, and what they need to do next... i am in awe! she normally has 1 TA but this year they have an abnormally high number of SEN pupils and she has two additional pt TAs to each work with a specific child.

as others have said, i would focus on your relationship with the senco/ class teacher, and establish what additional support your dd needs and how they intend to provide it. is she currently on school action plus and working towards iep targets? (the ed psych may be some help in setting these if not)

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