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Y3 reading - should I complain?

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WorriedofBerkshire Mon 17-Oct-16 17:30:42

Bit of back story: Y3, teacher new to school, free reading child. School doesn't use any of the reading schemes, they just label different scheme/non scheme books into the usual colour coded system. After they finish, they can just pick whatever book they like, so sometimes DC comes home with really basic books, sometimes with Y6 books. Apart from the odd Luftwaffe type of word, all good.

A few weeks back, we had a meet the teacher afternoon, I went in and had a word with the teacher because DC wasn't sure if who was responsible for changing/prompting the change of the book. Turned out teacher didn't know what level child was at and then confessed she hadn't heard DC read yet. I thought she must be adjusting to the school and the children and just let go. The following week, DC got the teacher's reading assessments all the way from Y2 in the book bag. I wasn't sure if it was meant for me or not so I just left it there. Again, I just thought whoever put it there got a bit mixed up and didn't mention it.

Now, I'm probably the most relaxed, least pushy parent on the planet, but today DC got this as reading book. At first I thought it was just the child being nosy and picking something without the teacher/TA noticing, but someone wrote the title in the reading diary - not child's handwriting. I am as proud of my child as the next parent but even I wouldn't think she should be reading teacher level material. Would it be unreasonable to write a little note in the diary about the appropriateness of this? It's less about the contents of the book and more about the fact that no one seemed bothered about a 7 year old taking a teacher manual home to read.

Mishaps Mon 17-Oct-16 17:32:59

There seems to be more than a hint of disorganisation going on here.

WorriedofBerkshire Mon 17-Oct-16 17:44:44

I thought so sad Because I am really calm and easygoing, I sometimes wonder if I let things go too far. The reading material is not a problem per se because we have loads of alternatives at home and a ginormous pile from the library, but it could well be affecting things we don't see... I think I will have to have a word on parents' evening later this week.

Ferguson Mon 17-Oct-16 18:26:22

He probably chose it because the cover picture looked 'cool'!

And the MacDonald Education site doesn't make things any clearer. Yes, you certainly need to 'have a word'!

openlibrary.org/books/OL19945286M/Structures_and_forces

Coconut0il Mon 17-Oct-16 20:13:02

Definitely have a word, it seems totally disorganised. I'm a TA in year 3 and I always check the books going home. The children in our class normally have a banded book and a free choice book, this is sometimes easier, sometimes harder but it's their choice. I've never seem anything like that before.
On its own it would make me laugh a bit but with the other information I would be going in. Definitely keep reading your own selection at home.

irvineoneohone Mon 17-Oct-16 21:23:49

I maybe talking completely bonkers, but this is what I thought.
Isn't she particularly interested in science? Isn't there possibility that teacher thought she maybe interested in this material and thought she was capable of reading?

I used to love reading teachers guide type books in primary, because it has more details and info than my own textbooks.
Also my ds is capable reader, and sometimes he choose to read very inappropriate books for homework reading, like computer programming book. Ds's school seems to be ok with anything, as long as he reads something.

AllotmentyPlenty Mon 17-Oct-16 21:24:56

You don't need to complain yet, just have a word along the lines of "could you please explain the process to DS as he doesn't seem to be getting the right books".

WorriedofBerkshire Mon 17-Oct-16 23:03:36

I think the cool cover might have something to do with it, and the book being about science was also mentioned when I asked why it was chosen. DH did bedtime tonight, I will ask him if they attempted to read it and how it went.
When I say 'complain', I meant directly to the teacher - maybe a poor choice of words, as I don't mean it in a confrontational way. I definitely don't mean go straight to head or anything. Not without trying to understand what is really going on. Thanks for your opinions, much appreciated!

TheSnorkMaidenReturns Mon 17-Oct-16 23:09:12

No time like the present for your child to start learning how to teach structures and forces ;).

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