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45 year group intake - how does your school organise classes?

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Dungandbother Mon 04-Jul-16 20:32:44

How does your DC primary organise the classes for a 45 PAN?

Are there some straight year groups and some mixed?

Do you have all mixed years within each key stage?

AalyaSecura Mon 04-Jul-16 20:39:43

2x reception classes of 22/23
1x year 1 class, 1x year 1/2 class (oldest 15, youngest 15), 1x year 2 class
And so on up the school.

mrz Mon 04-Jul-16 20:40:16

When I taught in a school with a 45 intake reception had 2 teachers and there was a Y1 class a mixed Y1/2 class and a Y2 class. In KS2 class were larger as we had children join us from local infant schools.

Dungandbother Mon 04-Jul-16 20:43:55

Were the children allocated classes on date of birth or mixing up academic and personality groups?

mrz Mon 04-Jul-16 21:23:52

Children with highest scores for PSED in mixed age group

bangingmyheadoffabrickwall Mon 04-Jul-16 21:51:57

When our numbers reduced, we had 2 x YR classes of minimum 17 each, a Y1 class, a Y1/2 class which was youngest Y2d and oldest Y1s and then Y2. Each year group was different so in KS2 we would often get a Y3/4 mixed, or a Y4/5 mixed but never mixed Y6.

Apparently last year (current year) my local school organised new intake YR children by age and everyone else by ability. Needless to say, the school's change in policy didn't go down to well at all and a few children were removed because everyone knew that if you were a Y4 child in a Y3/4 mixed class, your child was 'slow', SEN' or not academic. I am not sure how the school are doing their class organisations this year as they are leaving it rather late - maybe to minimise the backlash.

But however a school does this, it never sits well with at least one parent.

We had to mix classes due to a down-turn in pupil numbers for about 4/5 years and it was hell. I dreaded this time of year because parents always had a go at the class teachers who have absolutely no say whatsoever in how classes are organised; not at the school where I teach as SLT seem to take delight in making it a big, covert secret!

I much prefer that ALL key stage one classes are mixed so everyone is in the same position and no child is being accused of being favouritised or 'doing their share of mixed classes' OR picking names out of a hat - make it random and 'luck of the draw'.

JasperDamerel Mon 04-Jul-16 21:57:40

Early years unit with a mixture of full-time (reception) and part-time (pre-school) children and with two teachers.

3xY1/2
3xY3/4
3xY5/6

It works really well.

Dungandbother Mon 04-Jul-16 22:13:27

Mrz can you sum up PSED in a nutshell? May be a long shot as I have no idea what that means.

I'm heartened to hear all mixed classes across key stage Jasper works well.

My DC are at a 45 school, I think changes are underfoot..... From purely DOB to mixed. Fingers crossed!

Dungandbother Mon 04-Jul-16 22:14:32

Mrz can you sum up PSED in a nutshell? May be a long shot as I have no idea what that means.

I'm heartened to hear all mixed classes across key stage Jasper works well.

My DC are at a 45 school, I think changes are underfoot..... From purely DOB to mixed. Fingers crossed!

Dungandbother Mon 04-Jul-16 22:15:47

Apologies on double post. The app is playing up!

EnoughOfTheFootball Mon 04-Jul-16 22:20:47

Double year groups 3 x 1/2, 3 x 3/4 and 3 x 5/6, 2x reception classes. We bring in a fourth teacher into each double year group in the mornings so we can set into upper and lower single year group literacy and maths. It all works really well.

mrz Tue 05-Jul-16 06:58:22

Personal Social and Emotional development
Basically - self care confidence maturity and self motivation

TheBitterBoy Tue 05-Jul-16 07:13:24

FS has two teachers in one unit, then there are three classes of thirty y1 and y2 evenly split between the classes, i.e. 15 of each year group in each class, and so on up the school. They are then set by ability into three English and Maths classes. The classes are re-mixed every year as the year group moves up the school. In my opinion this works very well in DS's school, all the children are able to work at their ability level, so you may have a very able y1 child in top set with mostly y2s, or a child who needs a bit longer could spend y2 in a lower set. They are set separately for maths and English. It also gives a lovely community feel, as all the children get to know the year group above and below them really well.

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