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DD isn't being challenged - still on band 2 books in Y1.

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JenniferYellowHat1980 Thu 12-Nov-15 19:47:41

I'be tried to be laid back about this because in some respects I believe in slow education in the Foundation Phase and I'd prefer she mastered skills rather than just rushing though. But whenever it seems we've finished a series of books they find another sodding batch. It's been nine weeks of this term, and months of Reception. She reads accurately and uses expression. When she was given band 3 books to read over summer I thought we were starting to see progress, but then she was put back.

What's particularly annoyed me today is that she's been sent home with a book she's now had three times - once in nursery, last half term and yet again today. I pointed it out last time so I'm cross that it's happened again.

We're in Wales but I teach secondary in England, so I don't think she's being tested at the end of Y1. It might be relevant that the year group has been merged with Y2 - I suspect the teacher is focusing on the older ones.

How could I broach this as a concer without coming across as a pushy teacher parent?

JenniferYellowHat1980 Thu 12-Nov-15 19:49:05

By pointing out that I teach sec. in England I meant that I don't know much about Y1 in Wales, btw.

needtothinkaboutseniorschools Thu 12-Nov-15 19:53:28

Tbh I would give up on what the school are sending home and subscribe to Reading Chest. Funnily enough I could have written your post myself about my DD who is getting two red band books a week which she herself describes as easy prays boring snoring. I've given it a few weeks but this afternoon when I saw the same book in DD's bag she had since last Friday I signed up to Reading Chest for her. I think I did the same for both my older children when they had this particular teacher.

Good luck - I think at some stage you need to give up on the teacher and take things into your own hands. The local library maybe an option for learning-to-read books as an alternative to Reading chest.

JenniferYellowHat1980 Thu 12-Nov-15 20:00:08

I've never heard of that, thanks. I've got all the ORT ones available from The Book People so I'll supplement then with the Reading Chest.

LittleMissGreen Thu 12-Nov-15 20:19:52

We are in Wales and kids definitely move through the scheme at a pace that suits them so not a 'Welsh' thing specifically. It is learning through play to the end if year2 but children are still meant to attain highly just that they should also have learnt 'how' to think not just a series of facts.
Because we are a small school our y1/2 class has always been merged but we use it as an opportunity to stretch all the pupils to the best of their ability.
I would ask the teacher what her current reading target is so that you can help your daughter work on it. Make a note each time you read if DD has met the target which should prompt the teacher to check/set a new one after a few times in class.

Autumnsky Fri 13-Nov-15 14:05:57

DS2's teacher is quite good at moving him up though, but DS2 often forgot to change books himself. This term he has only changed book once so far. But he enjoys reading so much. We just went to library and borrowed lots of similar level books and read ourselves. And we have lots of books from DS1. Once teacher mentioned in his reading diary that I should complete the entry and sign it. I just write down, DS enjoys reading very much and read everyday.

JenniferYellowHat1980 Fri 13-Nov-15 19:13:11

We do read a lot, and she does bring home a new book every week, but I think they're allocated rather than chosen. Anyway, I feel a bit bad as I made a note in the reading diary - just pointing out that the book had been sent home three times - but I feel like the arsey parent.

Imperialleather2 Fri 13-Nov-15 21:41:48

Personally I would have a word with the teacher. Just along the lines of you're concerned she seems bored and the same book has been sent home 3 times.

I wouldn't really care if the teacher thinks you are an arsey parent it more important to get your daughter's reading on track than worrying what the teacher thinks of you

catkind Sat 14-Nov-15 10:46:33

I don't see a problem with being open but polite.
"DD is finding these books very easy. Is there anything particular she should be working on at this level, or could she try something more challenging now?"
We had to ask 3 times in reception. The first two teacher agreed and moved him up. The third we were offered "more tricky level 3 books" non scheme - which turned out to be more like level 6-8 when I compared to reading lists. Some odd game going on there!

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Sat 14-Nov-15 12:11:44

Ask teacher about it politely and supplement with books from local library.

uhoh1973 Tue 17-Nov-15 11:50:09

I had the same problem in reception.. I would ask to speak to the teacher directly. Whatever happens supplement the school books with books from the library or bookpeople and find the level that keeps your child engaged. Good luck!

BlueChampagne Wed 18-Nov-15 13:18:42

Try your local library for something more challenging to read at home, then enter that in her reading diary too.

Wolfie2 Thu 19-Nov-15 23:29:32

Use ORT reading owls online. Free biff chip

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