Am asking because my DD has reported that there have been a few surprises WRT guided reading groups thus far. I have offered that maybe they are mixing them up to start with and will then re-set accordingly.
But part of me thinks, hang on, when the year 5 teachers do their hand-over sessions with the year 6 teachers surely they know after having them for a year, and with SAT levels, who should be where?
I don't know, but my Yr 6 DD is with different children for her guided reading this year. She was assessed as a 5b for reading last term, and is with children this year who are not reading at the same level (I know this as one of them is the son of a friend of mine and I know what he got in his report too).
I got the impressed the groups were fixed from what DD said. She wasn't very happy as she reads v quickly and is frustrated already. It must be a bit annoying for them, but no mega deal really.
Of course there is, Chelseahandfull! In my DD's year there are a handful of children who are free readers and those who need a lot of support. In an ideal world yes you would hope that they would all be on a more even keel, but in RL SEN and/or poor parental support will have a huge bearing on a child's reading and understanding.
I have only ever taught reading in ability groups but I quite like the idea of mixing them up a bit. There are so many skills involved in reading, other than just decoding the words, that everyone can contribute during a group discussion regardless of 'ability'.