I have recently signed up little DD for Carol Voderman's maths site.She is enjoying it and it is reassuring me to be doing something for her.
My concern arises out of making comparisons between the excellent school my older two children attended and the one she is at.(We relocated) I like her teacher very much.She is kind and caring and suits my rather quiet (in school
) little summer born year 1 daughter.
In her class they are grouped for literacy and shared reading.There are no "groups" for Numeracy at all.They are clearly working towards the year 1 targets as a herd. I know you shouldn't compare children
but when I think of what her sisters were doing at that age , it worries me that the school has low expectations.
(BTW I apologise for posting about my little one again. She is the source of the most maternal guilt for me .Maybe it is just me but by the time you get to number three , there is so little time to give them, what with work and 2 hormonal girls. just feel I don't have my "eye on the ball" for her.
Anyhow back on topic, the schools have very different catchments and I understand that the teacher has 30 children in a class with some "lively" children.
She has progressed in confidence this year which is great
I am not sure she has learned much else, especially in maths.At parent's eve it was apparent to me that the teacher had no real knowledge of where DD was with numeracy and talked in terms of the class targets.
Am I expecting too much? Is this how all schools are and we were just lucky with the other school?
I would value some feedback, especially from those with subject knowledge/ experience of that age group. as I am toying with expressing my concerns but don't want to be a nuisance to the teacher.It is a challenging catchment in many ways.