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year 6 dd - not motivated at school !! help please

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millietwoshoes Thu 16-May-13 20:20:44

Hello, I have a year 6 dd who is just not motivated at school. She is above average ability but is only just maintaining average, she enjoys school but is just lazy with her homework.
She is just about to go into year 7 and I am worried that she will slip as the social side will take over and we have less involvement.
I found her homework sheet this week and she had put a line through her test scores to stop me seeing them and she says that she is embarrassed to reveal her test scores at school as they are so bad!
This week I stopped her going to a local youth club as I have explained that school work must come first - I talked to her very calmly & said that this was not a punishment but we would like to see her take more responsibility for her work and work to her potential as she is v v clever etc etc.
However, tonight she sneaked off to watch television knowing that her homework (due in tomorrow) is still not done !
I don't know what to do - I don't want to keep punishing her and stopping her doing more grown up things. I also don't want to keep arguing with her about it.
Any advice please......

arcticwaffle Fri 17-May-13 21:37:13

If she is yr 6 does it really matter? My dd2 was pretty unmotivated last yr in yr6, she was very jealous of dd1 who'd started secondary. Her teachers got fed up with her because she wasn't trying at all.

But in yr 7 she's about the keenest student there, suddenly she's thoroughly hardworking and perfectly behaved. A model student. One teacher even worried she was putting too much effort in, no teacher ever said that at primary.

Yr 6 is a bit boring, it was the same when I was that age, pre-sats, you're just waiting for secondary to start really.

millietwoshoes Sat 18-May-13 20:11:46

you are probably right arcticwaffle - this is my first dd to head off to secondary so all very new to me too!

OldBeanbagz Mon 20-May-13 12:34:05

My PFB Y6 DD is also unmotivated at the moment and I dread to think what the last term will be like. I fear it'll be all trips/end of year show/winding down/complaining about the lunches.

I have been trying to get her interested in doing something over the Summer holidays but am not getting very far. She's just drifting sad

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