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There will be 5 girls and 15 boys new in DD's reception class

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ninja · 01/07/2007 21:53

I can't help but be a little sad and worried. Should I be?

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PrettyCandles · 01/07/2007 21:56

The other way around with us - 14 girls and 4 boys so far.

If there will be three intakes in the year then it will probably even out by the end of the year.

Otherwise, I don't know what you can do about it, other than hope that the small class size will enable enough attention to be paid to the boys that they won't run amok.

Spider · 01/07/2007 21:57

My ds is in a class like this. In fact his year is spread across three classes (big infants school) and there are over two boys to every girl.

The head has been fantastic I have to say. She rose to the challenge and has put in place boy calming measures. There's more PE than they used to get for example, and more diligence and adult prescence in the playground.

I must admit when I heard about the numbers I was glad I didn't have a dd in that year.

If I were you I'd let your head know about your concerns and perhaps even get other parents to do the same if you know any of them well enough and they share your worries.

ninja · 01/07/2007 22:02

It's the only intake and although there will be 5 year 1's in the class I can't see them just choosing girls to even out the numbers - maybe I should ask! I don't know if I'm worried as part of the did I choose the right school debate, but I can't help thinking taht it will be hard work for any teacher. Thanks for the replies

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cat64 · 01/07/2007 22:02

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MrsSpoon · 01/07/2007 22:04

There must have been something in the water that year!

brimfull · 01/07/2007 22:05

I feel for ds' reception teacher,she's got 20 boys and 10 girls .

ninja · 01/07/2007 22:16

Yes I guess 25 is a reasonable sized class and maybe it'll toughen her up a bit. Maybe the girls will all become very close.

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DontCallMeBaby · 01/07/2007 22:18

It's worth keeping an eye on. I don't have a school age child yet, but a few years ago I did 'paired numeracy' in a primary school. The girls I worked with were two out of four girls in a class with twenty boys. They said they got very little attention - huge shame, as they had a male teacher which is great for the boys at primary level, but may have exacerbated things for the girls.

On the other hand though, this was a school put into special measures the following year, so it had wider issues than the class mix; AND despite all this the girls were lovely, keen to learn.

cat64 · 01/07/2007 22:29

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DontCallMeBaby · 01/07/2007 22:32

Psst, cat, ninja's second comment - five year 1s in the class as well.

ChasingSquirrels · 01/07/2007 22:33

ours is the same, atm 5 girls and 13 boys (mine is one of the boys).
last years intake was 4 girls and 12 boys.
Have to say apart from thinking there are alot of boys it hasn't crossed my mind that there could be any issues.
It is the same group that is at pre-school and there don't appear to be any issues there.

quickdrawmcgraw · 01/07/2007 22:33

dd is in a class where the boys far outnumber the girls but I never thought about it being a bad thing. It's great I think because it makes birthday parties easier. You just invite the girls

paolosgirl · 01/07/2007 22:35

I bet the girls won't be worried in a few years time - all that choice!! I'd have loved it!

chipkid · 01/07/2007 22:50

my ds is one of 15 boys in his class with only 3 girls. IT IS A RIOT!!!The boys are all fairly rowdy and the girls have become strong characters to deal with them! The mums of the girls are not worried!

Gobbledigook · 01/07/2007 23:07

Argh....GOD...NOT...du-du-duuuuuuuh - BOYS?!

Heaven forbid!

hana · 01/07/2007 23:15

not much you can do
there were similar ratios when dd was in preschool last year, but I can only assume that the afternoon groups had more girsl than boys, as the reception classes are pretty much split down the line 50:50

KerryMum · 01/07/2007 23:18

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christywhisty · 02/07/2007 00:17

When Ds started he had 3 girls and 13 boys. This went up to 10 girls and 20 boys at the christmas intake. Now in Year 6 they have pretty much evened out.

HappyMummyOfOne · 02/07/2007 09:32

My DS will have 5 other boys and 2 girls unless any late admissions are made. They do share a room with Y1 though so the numbers even up a bit more girl wise.

MrsScavo · 02/07/2007 09:41

2003 was the year of boy babies. DS" was born in 2003, and there are definately more boys at pre- school.

My mum has a theory about more boy babies being born during a war, and thinks it's due to politics.

Lucky you and your DD there are only 20 in the class!

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KTeePee · 02/07/2007 09:55

Ime it's far better to have the numbers skewed this way than the other - whenever we have years at our school where there have been more girls than boys it has generally been a complete bitch-fest from an early age!

MrsScavo · 02/07/2007 09:59

In my high school, there were 3 girls to evrey boy in the year. All the boys were low calibre, so none of us had boyfriends.

Mrbatters · 02/07/2007 10:12

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bobsmum · 02/07/2007 10:14

In ds' P1 class there will be 2 boys and 4 girls.

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