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Anyone elses Y1 child getting help 'early literacy support'?

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poshwellies · 12/01/2009 16:16

Just had ds come home with homework and a printout saying he'll be part of a group who has extra 'help' with literacy,his reading is a little behind (too busy daydreaming) -concentration mainly but his writing abilities are,I would say, average for his age,although it's difficult to compare d at that age as she had dyspraxia.

No mention of any issues by his teacher.He's just 6 btw.

Should I be worried? (obv. I 'm concerned due to his dd moderate learning difficulties,but there have been no obvious signs within him as of yet)

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poshwellies · 12/01/2009 16:17

his ds I meant!

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goblinvalley · 12/01/2009 16:36

You shouldn't be worried, but your ds teacher should really have mentioned it.

We run this in our school, and it is just extra help/practice/confidence building in a small group setting.

Have a word with his teacher, she should be able to explain.


JLo2 · 12/01/2009 16:40

I agree with goblinvalley, you shouldn't be worried, but happy that he is getting a boost to get him from 'a little behind' to 'not behind at all'

Monkeyblue · 12/01/2009 16:42

Dont worry about it least the school are doing something about it now<br /> He wont be the only one

Just nipp and see the teacher tomorrow

poshwellies · 12/01/2009 16:44

Thanks folks

He's quite chuffed at his 'extra' homework and has completed it already with pride .Will try not to fret!

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theITgirl · 12/01/2009 17:17

This was my DS two years ago. He & the others were selected because it was felt that they would get the most out of it.
The top groups were doing fine already, the bottom groups already had the extra attention and would continue to need extra attention beyond this term.
The ELS group was to give them the extra boost they needed and the extra confidence required to tackle their work with just normal supervision.
DS improved enormously over that term and the extra confidence he gained meant that he did not require any extra help beyond the normal amount a teacher & TA for 29 children could provide.
Your ds is VERY lucky to get in.

cory · 12/01/2009 20:26

Nope. Ds has had this and it did him a lot of good. He has no learning difficulties (though he does have some motor problems). He just needed a little extra help in the early years.

blackrock · 12/01/2009 20:35

If you DS daydreams it's probably an advantage that he is involved in ELS, especially if he is enjoying it.

Some children just get this once in their school life, others are picked up in year three for Additional Literacy Support ALS, and then in year five for further literacy support FLS. All schools vary in which courses they provide. I like them and think they do make a difference.

DevilsAdvocaat · 12/01/2009 20:43

don't worry els is aimed at children who are just below average and average who just need a little support to get where they should be.

i bet your ds will enjoy it as my pupils always liked a chance to work in a very small group, usually with a lovely TA

CatMandu · 12/01/2009 20:52

My ds had this last year when he was in reception (teacher did mention it though). When we went to see her the following parents evening she told us it had been such a success that the group had overtaken the rest of the class. So all the extra help group are now up to speed. It's a good thing.

poshwellies · 12/01/2009 22:01

Thanks everyone,it really helps hearing your children's (and pupils!) positive experience of ELS.

I'm hoping this little support group will bring on his confidence on leaps and bounds.

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Clary · 13/01/2009 00:29

I think you should be really pleased he is getting extra support.

Yr 1 is a crucial year where there is a big change from FS2.

Better that he hs support to help him catch up now than needing a whole lot more help later.

Madsometimes · 13/01/2009 11:28

dd1 did ELS in year 1 and she is now in the top group for literacy (she is in year 4). She really enjoyed the sessions, because they were play based and fun (puppets etc).

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