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DD has just started Reception but want her moved up to YR 1!

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rinol Wed 23-Sep-09 19:52:17

She's the oldest in reception being 5 already and is sooooooo bored!Would the school move her up?!or is this asking too much!I know its early days but she's so disillusioned!what do i do?

said Wed 23-Sep-09 19:54:25

It's early days I'd say. I'm not sure you can determine yet whether or not she'll be bored for rest of year. Discuss with teacher?

FlamingoDuBeke Wed 23-Sep-09 19:56:09

I would talk to the teacher or HT and/or consider home educating her until she would re-join them in year 1. She is in danger of being put of learning if she spends a whole year bored!

dilbertina Wed 23-Sep-09 19:56:17

have you talked to her teacher about more challenging work? Can she already read and write to the standard expected at end of reception? Are her social skills good?

FlamingoDuBeke Wed 23-Sep-09 19:56:25

Put off learning - sorry blush

JollyPirate Wed 23-Sep-09 20:01:24

They are highly unlikely to move her up. Sorry as I know you don t want to hear that.

Reception is less about academic progress and more about getting to know classmates and socializing.

If your DD is bored though it might be worth asking the teacher if there are worksheets she could do with the help of you.

Also from my own experience of being a bright child who was moved up a year it doesn't always work out well for the child. I was miserable, knew nobody and was bullied for being the youngest in the class. Help her to settle where she is and stretch her need for academic stuff with selected worksheets.

mrz Wed 23-Sep-09 20:18:57

Why is she bored?

bigchris Wed 23-Sep-09 20:21:20

I think it would be wrong to pull her out or have her moved up
The year 1 class will have established friendship groups and she will miss loads of exciting stuff in reception
you can always read more challenging books with her at home from the library

CybilLiberty Wed 23-Sep-09 20:22:27

Give it a chance she has only been there a couple of weeks.

LilyBolero Wed 23-Sep-09 20:24:38

Definitely don't move her, reception is about establishing yourself in school, learning what school is about, establishing friendship groups, learning about expected modes of behaviour. She shouldn't be bored - reception is largely play anyway - so if she is bored then it is of her own making!

They will still be assessing children, putting them into reading groups etc. In fact I'd be surprised if they'd even finished the induction period, as most schools seem to take 4 weeks + over that.

mamusia Wed 23-Sep-09 20:25:02

I'd say you are probably right but then she would be the youngest in yr 1 - would she be ok with that. Some kids do better when they are good at sth some need challenging. My mother in low did that with her oldest son but hed to move him to private school hmm

TimothyTigerTuppennyTail Wed 23-Sep-09 20:25:08

My DS complained of school being boring. It turned out it was because he couldn't hear properly (glue ear). Now he sit's at the front of the class so he can hear the teacher and is enjoying it and learning well.
You need to find out exactly why it's boring her as reception spend more time playing than anything else.

IdrisTheDragon Wed 23-Sep-09 20:25:09

Why is she bored? I would agree that she hasn't been there long and that it would be a good idea to wait a little while before getting too worried about it.

I agree that it is unlikely she would get moved up to year 1 - I would also say that the majority of teachers can cater very well for a mixed range of abilities within a class.

seeker Wed 23-Sep-09 20:28:46

Is she your first child? I don't mean to sound patronizing, sorry, but children often say they are bored when they mean something completely different. I'm not sure how a child could be bored in Reception - it's so play based. Has she made friends?

PfftTheMagicDragon Wed 23-Sep-09 20:33:40

How can she be bored already? They've only been there a couple of weeks!

Surely if the plan is to HE her as an alternative you can keep her in reception to make her friendships and add to her learning at home?

morningpaper Wed 23-Sep-09 20:37:06

I think that Reception is basically Colouring for the first year and it's boring for a lot of the children - however, the younger ones in the class need a slower pace and there will be ones who need time to to adjust. I would set her expectations low - she will learn more in year 1 and 2 - and ask if there is anything you can do to help her at home. But I think BORED is a normal state for a lot of children for the Reception year!

CybilLiberty Wed 23-Sep-09 20:38:53

I have taught reception today an it's sooo much more than 'just colouring'.

Even the most academic 5 yr olds are still emotionally immature so it's about sharing, taking turns, and loads of activities built round that. We did subtraction today and learnt the letter N!

GooseyLoosey Wed 23-Sep-09 20:40:26

Ds was bored out of his brain in reception, largely because he had such high expectations from school.

However, his social skills are not great and the impact of moving him up a year would have been catastrophic. I was moved up a year and my social skills were not great - I ended up quite isolated and lonely.

mrz Wed 23-Sep-09 20:41:31

I never do colouring in with my reception class does that mean I'm a bad teacher?

CybilLiberty Wed 23-Sep-09 20:42:56

yes, terrible

Feenie Wed 23-Sep-09 20:43:23

"I think that Reception is basically Colouring for the first year"

What! You are so lucky our Reception teacher can't see this, morningpaper, she would be horrified. That is total bollocks.

I'm with mrz - I want to know why she is bored.

morningpaper Wed 23-Sep-09 20:45:01

wink That was the report I had from my DD anyway

TBH if they can read already then I'd be surprised if they are going to find much to stretch them academically for the reception year

Just in my very humble experience grin

mrz Wed 23-Sep-09 20:45:42

By CybilLiberty on Wed 23-Sep-09 20:42:56
yes, terrible

[shamefaced smiley] wanders off sadly to print out some colouring sheets ....

morningpaper Wed 23-Sep-09 20:46:08

<passes crayons>

CybilLiberty Wed 23-Sep-09 20:47:19


Well I was spoon feeding my class lemon juice today! Poor kids

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