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Child G&T from foreign family, any advice

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Dandeliontoo Thu 11-Oct-12 03:32:06

Hello! Our 5 years daughter is in G&T group. At the moment Year 1, reading Stage 7, doing addition/substraction to 20. Memory and logical thinking is exeptional. Yesterday, I spoke with one of the school worker and find out that she's attending Year 5 classes just to support and explore her abilities. I haven't got parents/teacher meeting yet, but I'm suprised that I haven't received any information about all this. Last year (reception) I was told that she's way above her peer group, but that's all. I can see that she's happy and expanding her knowledge but not sure if I need to do anything, insisting to speak with teacher or other member of staff. We are foreign family, so she speaks two language fluently too. My English is far from perfect, as well as knowledge of education sistem here. I wouldn't like to neglect her potential, so I need your advice, mums smile Hope you'll understand all of my concerns & my bad English. Many thanks xxx

numbum Thu 11-Oct-12 11:03:47

Which subjects is she going to year 5 for?

noisytoys Thu 11-Oct-12 11:08:56

It is pretty normal for G+t children to be moved around for phonics. We were sent a letter telling us it is a legal requirement for children to be in groups of the same ability and may mean moving up and down years for a few children. My reception age dd goes up to year 2 for phonics but they don't make a big deal about it because quite a few off the children are moved around smile

numbum Thu 11-Oct-12 11:21:59

noisytoys that sounds awful! So a lower ability year 5 could potentially move to a class full of year 2's for phonics? shock

steppemum Thu 11-Oct-12 11:59:07

no numbum, they would be given work at their level in the class. it is the G&T group that tend to get moved up, thereby making fewer different groups for the teacher so she can spend more time with them

numbum Thu 11-Oct-12 13:48:18

'may mean moving up and down years for a few children' I took that to mean some children would move down?

noisytoys Thu 11-Oct-12 16:51:38

I'm guessing so. My dd is in reception so none of them can move down

Dandeliontoo Thu 11-Oct-12 21:19:33

I really don't know more than this (subject or how often...) I'll try to have a word with the teacher for more info. Thanks you all for messaging me back smile

anitasmall Sun 11-Nov-12 15:17:20


I am a foreigner, too. My daughter is bilingual and is the youngest in year 1. She is one of the most advanced in her class both from Reading and Maths. She is confident in adding up to 100 (2 digit numbers), knows few times tables (2,3,5,10)… I think there are a lot of children in her class that can add and subtract up to 20 (or up to 100) and can read fluently.

She learned to read in Reception Class, but there was one boy who went to year 1 for Reading Lessons because he was a fluent reader before Reception. I think that it is a good idea to move children between classes.

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