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Any advice on supporting bright 6 yo please?

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ThereMustAndShallBeTea Tue 16-Dec-14 09:42:07

Not specifically a G&T question, sorry, but thought posters in here might have some good ideas/be well informed.

DD is six and in year one. The head has just told me that she's currently performing at the top level for year 2 (she's been going to year 2 for maths and literacy sessions for a while and staying with her own year group for everything else). She said she's going to try to do something to broaden the curriculum for DD, as she doesn't think it's beneficial for her just to keep going up and up.

It sounds as though the school are on top of it so I'm not too concerned (and I am more than aware that she might just be ahead for now and there's time for everyone else to catch up (she's the oldest in her year, which helps)), but I was just wondering if there was anything I should be doing/reading/suggesting to the school.

Thanks smile

BackforGood Tue 16-Dec-14 09:56:00

I would always engage them with other activities to broaden their horizons - teach them to play chess, learn a musical insturment or something they dont do kn the school curriculum.

Heels99 Tue 16-Dec-14 09:58:42

I agree, games like chess, musical instruments, sports, lots of trips to libraries, museums and places of interest. Opportunities for art and creativity. Plenty of down time and socialising!

iseenodust Tue 16-Dec-14 11:07:46

You've said the school is catering for your DD so I would not be going in with suggestions; the head will have taught many bright sparks. Agree with others, just provide lots of opportunities for your DD to find her passions. DS really got into wildlife at that age.

ThereMustAndShallBeTea Tue 16-Dec-14 14:11:04

Thanks smile Might try to find some language classes for her, she wants to learn Italian.

Suggestions for school is probably the wrong phrase, I meant ways to work with them I suppose.

Mistigri Tue 16-Dec-14 16:37:06

Outside activities, and don't forget to encourage her to do things she's not naturally good at. My dd did gymnastics for a while - she had no aptitude for it - but it was good for her to see that progression isn't just down to ability, regular work is just as important. She even won a competition, she was so surprised when they read out her name she didn't know what to do :p

simpson Thu 18-Dec-14 23:35:03

My DD is also 6 but currently in yr2. She taught herself to read at 2 & could read fluently just after her fourth birthday (I mean Black Beauty, War Horse, The Secret Garden etc) writing wise she taught herself at 3 & is also very strong (maths not so much).

Tbh she is being catered for great at school (apart from phonics which she finds v boring).

I have signed her up for drama which she loves & she is learning to play the ukelele which she loves (but is pants at!)

My advice would be a mixture of letting the school get on with it & keeping an eye on things iyswim! Towards the end of reception her behaviour deteriorated as she was fed up with playing (ditto end of yr1 as the work was too easy) but her school have been truly fab about communicating with me & what she needs to work on (ie to read non fiction as she hates it!)

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