At end of year 3 he was 4c reading 3a math and writing. They did year 4 SATS last week and he told me tonight he got mastery in maths and English but only just? Apparently pass was 17/40 and mastery 28/40 and he got 28 in both. He reads well although hates comprehension. He's reading 'the secret garden' at the mo. His maths and tables I believe are sound. His writing though..! Although neat, sometimes it's shocking, doesn't make sense, wrong tense, missed punctuation etc. He has a gift of learning spellings and has only got one wrong in his tests
since September and that's with minimal effort. Last parents evening I was told reading age hadn't changed and was still 11.0 and spelling age had gone up to 11.6 years. Nothing else I can add. Please help! How did you know whether to go down the 11plus route? Thanks.
Your DS's 4c/3a results at the end of year 3 are pretty impressive if you ask me. And his reading age of 11.6 when he is only 8? You have a very bright boy and I think your tutor is spot on with her assessment of his ability. If he is naturally curious and loves learning new things, not necessarily just at school, he definitely is a 'GS material'.
Don't worry about your DS's messy writing too much at the moment, my DS was exactly like that in year 4 - complete disregard for punctuation, losing a train of thought half-way through long-winded sentences etc. etc. The reason was very simple - too many ideas going through his head too quickly to be able to organise them in a sensible manner. With time, he matured into a very good and creative writer. Your son just needs to slow down a little bit and learn to think things through before he writes them down; at the moment it sounds like his writing is a bit of a 'brain dump' on paper.
You can help by talking through his stories with him, asking him what it was that he wanted to say and why. For example, you could ask, 'What did you have in mind when you wrote this? Does it make sense to you now? Could you have said it differently?' I'm sure he will get there. It is much easier to teach a child neat paragraphing, grammar and punctuation than how to be creative.
Best of luck!PS. Just to say that not every poster on this forum is purple!