My DD is in Yr 5 and has been struggling with Maths since Yr 2. In her KS1 SATs she got 2A. (She had level 3 for everything else). We weren't worried at the time, but over the last 3 yrs she seems to have progressed well in the other subjects but is trailing behind with Maths. A year ago, (Yr4 -age
, her science was graded as 4B, Reading 4A, Spelling age 9.1, but Numeracy was 3B / 3A. In a practice SATs test a few weeks ago, DD still got 3A. The teacher says she always does better in TA than in tests. DD is in the top group for Maths (it worries me what the other children are getting, but then they aren't my problem!) I have regularly asked for any relevant extra work to be sent home to help her with, but nothing has ever been sent. Last time I asked if there was anything she could give to help, she said - "Not really - just practice the 4 operations with her" - highly inspiring!
I have taken to buying my own books, worksheets etc , guessing at what is relevant, and feel that DD is making progress already (this weeks SATs will no doubt tell) but one thing that has become apparent is that DD is still struggling to write "9" and "P" the right way around. She used to also struggle with "2" and "S", and still occasionally writes things like "J" the wrong way around. Should I be concerned about this?? Isn't this leaving it a bit late to be "growing out of it"?
A headmistress friend commented that it is unusual for a child to have highly varying scores in science and Maths. If DD was 4B in science a year ago, it would be reasonable to expect her to be 4A or possibly 5 now. Whereas her Maths was still at 3A a month ago.
Any comments / suggestions would be most welcome.