# Can someone explain greater depth please?

(7 Posts)
mumknowsbestapparently Fri 05-Apr-19 21:40:27

We had parents evening last night and were pleasantly surprised but a bit confused!
DS is just turned 6 and in yr1, on the recent assessments he has come out with a reading age of 7yr 8 months which the teacher said was in the greater depth category, I have no idea what this means at all!! His maths was something similar, the appointments were nearly an hour behind by the time we got in so I didn’t feel like i could ask many questions so could anybody explain? I obviously realise it’s a positive but what does it actually mean in real terms?

OP’s posts: |
ladyvimes Fri 05-Apr-19 21:43:03

It basically means he’s above average. All children now are expected to be secure, which means they are reaching age expectations. Greater depth means he is going beyond this and means he has a deeper understanding of age expected standards. For example if the age related standard was to be able to multiply by 5, greater depth would be using this knowledge to multiply by 50 or 500.

Yellowcar2 Fri 05-Apr-19 21:58:18

We use the term greater depth when talking about how to challenge pupils who are meeting age expected targets without moving to the next year's targets.
For e.g. in maths yr1 pupils should be able to add and subtract within 100. If a pupil can do this (45 + 17 = ?) instead of moving on to beyond 100 we would look at other ways to challenge within 100 (45 + ? = 62, can you draw your answer as dienes?, can you prove an equation is correct or incorrect, can you find an error and correct it, can you use it in a difference context like money and change)
For reading, before moving on to harder level texts which often include vocab which younger readers can't fully access we would focus on fluency, awareness of punctuation, intonation, vocabulary checks, range of text types which include poetry. Range of comprehension questions verbal and written including simple retrieval, circle the answer, completing tables, matching answers, ordering the story and also explain your answer / opinion type questions where they have to prove their answer with reference to the text.

Yellowcar2 Fri 05-Apr-19 21:59:17

Sorry just realised how long that was.

mumknowsbestapparently Fri 05-Apr-19 22:08:40

Thankyou both, that makes more sense!

So at home we need to push him more than we probably are doing, I’ll do basic maths things with him in a fun way, so like when we’re baking etc I’ll ask him to find 200 on the scales but I need to maybe put 150g in and then be asking how much more do we need to put in to get to 200g (that’s jst a really basic example I can think of quickly!)

OP’s posts: |
Yellowcar2 Fri 05-Apr-19 22:15:03

The examples I gave were for at school if he's doing well don't feel like you have to push things at home keep it fun like you have been doing.

mumknowsbestapparently Fri 05-Apr-19 22:21:09

To be honest I’m feeling a bit guilty because at home we do very little we read his school books and he has a bedtime story read to him but other than that it’s just playing at home but now I’m thinking he’s clearly bright and we should be encouraging him more but on the other hand I don’t want to push him and he’s doing great with little input from us. I’ll probably carry on as we are but make any questions as we’re dling things a little bit more challenging.
At 6 I think 5 days a week at school is more than enough formal learning!

OP’s posts: |

Join the discussion

To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.

Already have a Mumsnet account? Log in