This is more common than I thought!
My DS is one of 3 in a class of 30 who can draw reasonably (according to teacher)and yet I know from the many drafts littered around that he is not a natural.
I think the 'formality' of the core subjects, English, Maths and Science in primary school makes it the norm for children to strive to do we11 for them, especially in Yr 5 and 6, with the SATS.
Music, PE, Art and Design/Tech, even ICT, R.E, History and Geography tend to be taught in a more relaxed and entertaining way. Although these subjects are assessed and levels reported in the end of year 6 report, I think genera11y, teachers and children tend to take a laid back approach to them.
The stress in Yr 7 is due to the sudden emphasis to grade these subjects more stringently from a secondary school point of view.
The artistic ski11s, musical genius,creative masterpieces and physical exce11ence appear to be sorely lacking when the grades are average or either side of average.
I would te11 your daughter not to worry too much as everyone can't be good at everything. The important thing is to put in 100% effort when she is learning.
And it is learning; my son has, over the last few months, been taught how to play proper rugby, perform gymnastic sequences, position oneself on the starting blocks for athletics, draw/sketch from various perspectives, use water-colour techniques, apply different IT software and programmes, carry out 'proper' Science experiments,handle a drilling machine, use very sharp tools...the list is endless.
My DS's school has an open door policy where if you have a problem with any of the subjects, you can go see the teacher in charge at lunch time and they will help you understand it.
I can te11 you so many stories of circuit wires being accidently cut, important pieces of woodwork missing or broken, soldering wire soldered to the workbench,broken test-tubes, dri11s embedded in worktop, numerous failed attempts to draw a near perfect circle freehand,paint disasters..
If the school teaches well, exce11ent!
But if they expect Level 7s in a11
subjects (at Yr9?)that might be unrealistic.
Perhaps the Head of Year was just trying to encourage her to set her targets higher knowing she has the capabilities. Also the time when they might just be trying to instil good work ethics before the more 'turbulent' teenage years.
I do agree that with some subjects you can only do very
we11 if you have a natural aptitude for it.Or you can do fairly we11 if you keep plugging away at it, getting a good grade but not necessarily have enjoyed it as much as something you like learning or in which you have a keen interest .
If your daughter has tried and tries her utmost, that's a11 that is asked of her. She has to get used to every piece of work being scrutinised and graded but she has to know that if she has been diligent in her efforts (and you know that she has) then it is OK.
I am not fo11owing you, I was typing out my post when you posted.