Thanks TiredMum, just wrote a reply and lost it, damn.
Am sure my sister would do the same, as I would re: suggesting children should be moved up a level if not on the right one etc. The difficulty comes when the child is your own and if you are drawing a direct comparison between their reading and their peers. Hard to sound objective
I think the broader issue might be that my sister isn't sure the teacher believes DC is as capable as she knows her to be in this area. Reading between the lines she thinks the teacher seems to want to keep DC down, even subconsciously. Teacher may have a good reason for this of course. DC got a question wrong at the last assessment (just one) & apparently the teacher did say she found it surprising as DC had always seemed very capable and demonstrated good understanding. It's as if doubt is creeping in. I've probably made my sister paranoid
as I think it's very important a teacher believes that children can surprise us and ability doesn't have a ceiling etc.
My sister thinks the teacher is a good one so hopefully things will work out in the end, it's very early days after all
Worried Ruby - I think that's a good point. One of mine used to drive me mad for similar reasons, not showing their understanding or choosing not to answer at all. The teacher told me they couldn't infer from the text. They were about 5 at the time. When asked what colour the hen was in Jack and the Beanstalk, for example, they answered 'pink' when the answer was 'gold'. I asked them why they'd given this answer and they rolled their eyes & said 'I knew it was gold Mummy, of course. I was a bit bored and you can get pink gold, and it looked like the hen was made of that sort of gold so 'pink' is the answer I gave. It was a silly, obvious, question!'