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funkimummy Sat 07-Jul-07 10:09:07


My DS is 4, 5 in January and won't go to school until January.

We know he is exceptionally bright for his age. He learned how to sing the alphabet on his second birthday with a toy that sang the song and has a vocabulary that people comment about on a daily basis. His numeracy is also very good. He asks questions about global warming FGS!

His pre-school and nursery both say that he is ready for school now and that really he should go in September. Their concerns are that the children he goes up school with in January are not on 'his leve' (their words not mine!) Also they have told me to keep a watchful eye as he will get bored easily because of his brightness.

Should I be concerned? He's my eldest and I don't like to be a pushy parent, and am not. I am a bit worried that he will get bored easily at school and might not fare as well because his mind is racing ahead!

Does anyone have any opinions/thoughts/experience of this?

Any thoughts would be gratefully accepted.

funkimummy Sat 07-Jul-07 10:13:31

My initial post header had disappeared, it did say NOT SURE IF THIS IS THE RIGHT SECTION, ANY HELP MUCH APPRECIATED!

LIZS Sat 07-Jul-07 10:22:41

Are they keeping the January starters in a separate group ? I'd be surprised if there is n't a great deal of flexibility to adapt the elevl of work or groupings even so. In Infant years the ability range is vast and not directly related to age. You could ask the school if he could join Septmeber, preferably with a reprotf orm nursery to back it up, but I really doubt those 3 months will make a lot of difference in the long run.

tbh I'm not sure that what you describe alone is G and T . ds knew his phonetic and letter name alphabet by 2 (not by rote as in the song) and coloirs/numbers of Thomas engines but this early promise hasn't continued !


funkimummy Sat 07-Jul-07 10:25:46

Thanks for your advice.

Yes they do keep them in a separate group.

He is exceptionally bright and is showing signs of a photographic memory which his father has. DH was G & T at school.

Perhaps I should have posted under 'education' !

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