I know it's probably an over reaction, but I feel very sad as my little girl has just been moved down a set in both Literacy and Numeracy. This, in itself would be fine, if it's the right set for her to be in, but she's always - in our opinion!- been advanced and even the Head frequently says she's bright as a button. I do appreciate that this is entirely the teacher's decision but I felt so broken hearted for her when she told me yesterday that she wasn't in -- group anymore and she was the only one to be moved.
My DH spoke with her teacher this morning to ask if this was true as we hadn't been told anything and she's been in the top sets through Reception and Class 1 thus far and was told it was based on end of term assessments and beginning of term performance. They only went back on Wednesday and we moved house on Tuesday and didn't even take her spelling book in never mind learn them! My husband explained this but it seemed completely irrelevant to the teacher which seems unbelievable. What's more, this is just a temp teacher and the normal teacher comes back from maternity leave in six weeks so why make a change now? Now I feel incredibly guilty as I know for a fact she's with some other children who can't even write a sentence whilst she writes little stories at home, complete with full stops and capital letters. I had already mentioned to the class teacher that her written work at school seemed very scrappy in comparison with her work at home.
DD is a perfectionist and the teacher said she says she can't do the maths, but when she explained what she couldn't do to my husband he thought it was ridiculous as she clearly can eg very basic stuff like sequencing the missing numbers etc. The whole thing doesn't add up with what she's does at home- she actually asks for mental arithmatic sums to do in the car- but what I find most distressing is this change when she's just moved house and assessment which to me seems rather unfortunately timed...
I now feel that maybe I should do some 'fun' story work at home so that she doesn't sink to the lowest common denominator which I know she will. I'll then chat with the usual teacher upon her return and see what she thinks.
Also, she's a great little reader, but when the teacher asked her to read she sounded out all of the words, not just the tricky ones. At the end the teacher asked and she said oh yes, it's and sight read the ones she asked...
I'm sorry to whinge so much , thanks for letting me vent! I just feel so upset about it. I certainly don'r want her to feel stressed, which I think she does with maths, but am so dissappointed that she isn't with comparable children for literacy.
I'm trying to console myself with the fact that her brother was in fact moved down for Maths and ended up attaining a medal in the National final of the PMC.