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mrsshears Sat 24-Sep-11 20:07:04

Before i start can i ust say this is in no way a great problem or issue i'm just interested in what others think about this.

My dd is very bright and doing well at school,dd tends to go in fits and starts with her learning,tends to be what ever she is interested in at that particulair point.
DD has recently started year 1,when dd left reception got all 8's and 9's for her numeracy.DD has enjoyed numeracy up until this point and was doing simple calculations before starting reception,such as adding numbers up to 10 and some times tables.
However this week they have been doing simple mental maths and dd hasnt been doing too well,this isnt like her,say for example they had 10 simple mental sums(the sort of thing dd could do a good 18mths ago) dd has been getting 5-6 or around that(she has been telling me this)when i have asked her why she has said because they are too easyconfused.
My head is telling me that surely this cant be the case because she would be getting them all right if this were so but on the other hand she could do this ages ago so why would she suddenly find this difficulthmm
any thoughts?

iggly2 Sat 24-Sep-11 20:19:42

Classroom seting with distractions.

iggly2 Sat 24-Sep-11 20:20:18

sorry "setting"!

shebird Sat 24-Sep-11 20:33:21

Its only a few weeks into the year and perhaps shes just taking time to get back into the swing of things. At least thats what I'm hoping! My DD Y3 was doing really well at the end of Y2 and seems to have forgotten all her maths - the stuff she could easily do last year she is struggling with now. Im going to do a few quick catch up sessions with her at home to hopefully get her brain going again! Also Y1 is a big step up from reception so maybe she needs time to adjust to a new teacher etc.

ImNotaCelebrity Sat 24-Sep-11 20:37:41

DS left EYFS with all 9s in maths, tho have to say I've never considered him more than marginally above average. I've found, since then, he needs constant repetition of basic concepts, otherwise they're easily lost. Perhaps your DD is the same. Don't assume that because she 'had it' ages ago it's still there ... keep doing games and bits and pieces at home to reinforce all the old stuff. Oh, and I also find that if he thinks he knows it already (or is told that he should know it all) he is ridiculously careless because he doesn't concentrate properly.

mrsshears Sat 24-Sep-11 21:01:11

Thanks for your replies everyone.
imnotacelebrity i think it could possibly be that dd hasnt 'used' these skills much over the holidays.Maybe it is just a combination of everything i.e new class,teacher,distractions,lack of interest etc,still unusual for dd though
I suppose time will tell..

blackeyedsusan Sat 24-Sep-11 21:31:11

do they have to do it against the clock? dd can do one more/less easily and has done for ages.....except when she is put against a clock and then her brain freezes and she can't do it, which I find extremely frustrating.

mrsshears Sat 24-Sep-11 22:01:17

Yes! blackeyedsusan they do! as many as they can in a minute,i'm actually a little blush that i didnt get that connection,that could well be the problem.

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