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#1 C-A

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 10:14 AM

So , Master M starts Prep next week , and i have just been advised by the school he will be in composite Prep/Year 1 Class.

My concern is that M will not be 5 till April, and there is the possibility that some of the children is the year 1 class could be almost 22months older than him. Which seems like a huge gap.

Have any parents dealt with this or teachers have some wise words to calm me down ?
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 10:21 AM

A, my best friend is a teacher, usually has Prep, but has a prep/1 this year. I will be honest and say she doesn't particularly like the idea due to the differences in teaching for prep and grade 1 students, but there are ways to make it work. The teacher will be certainly doing a lot of work to make the class work for students in both grades, and I think that in itself is a good thing.

I was in composite classes with up to 3 grades from grades 1-4. I thrived. Even when I was in grade 1, and had grade 3 students in my class, it was never an issue and for me it was brilliant. I changed schools in grade 4, so after that no more composites, and I was a bit bored at first.

I am sure the teachers can give better advice, but M seems to be such a switched on child, I think it might be good for him. Try not to stress to much lovely (easier said than done laugh.gif) xoxo

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 10:22 AM

QUOTE(CamAli @ Jan 19 2010, 11:14 AM) View Post

So , Master M starts Prep next week , and i have just been advised by the school he will be in composite Prep/Year 1 Class.

My concern is that M will not be 5 till April, and there is the possibility that some of the children is the year 1 class could be almost 22months older than him. Which seems like a huge gap.

Have any parents dealt with this or teachers have some wise words to calm me down ?



I am answering as a teacher here smile.gif but I think composite classes are an advantage. A good teacher will ensure the needs and levels of all the kids in the class are catered to. The preps especially can really be at an advantage having year ones in their class. The preppy's have the year ones to show them the way and it can often help the preps make a better transition. Another advantage is that the preps will usually progress quicker with year ones in the class.
This has been my experience anyway, as long as they have a good teacher! hope this helps smile.gif




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Posted 19 January 2010 - 10:43 AM

What state are you in? In Victoria composites work really well because the curriculum is broken down like this:

VELS level 1 = prep;
VELS level 2 = years 1 and 2;
VELS level 3= years 3 and 4 and
VELS level 4 = years 5 and 6

From the above the first time I came across a prep/1 composite I thought it would be very trickey but your range of students really varies so even in a single year class you can be teaching students from level 1 up to 3 in various areas (i.e. Johnny is in prep but reads at a year two level).

From the preps point of view it's fantastic because they are new to schooling and have the examples of the older students. From the older students it build their confidence and leadership and makes transition (for both) easier.

I think it'll work out really well - and hope your son enjoys his first year at school!

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 10:49 AM

QUOTE(kaylee @ Jan 19 2010, 10:22 AM) View Post

I am answering as a teacher here smile.gif but I think composite classes are an advantage. A good teacher will ensure the needs and levels of all the kids in the class are catered to. The preps especially can really be at an advantage having year ones in their class. The preppy's have the year ones to show them the way and it can often help the preps make a better transition. Another advantage is that the preps will usually progress quicker with year ones in the class.
This has been my experience anyway, as long as they have a good teacher! hope this helps smile.gif


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Posted 19 January 2010 - 11:31 AM

That is all really interesting as we were changing our mind about what school we should send Hayden to as our local one has composite classes.
Can I hijack for a moment??? Does it suit all kids?? Hayden is very quiet and small for his age, although he more than likely won't be going to school till 5&1/2. Could this actually help him rather than hinder?
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 04:53 PM

Composite classes are absolutely nothing to worry about. A good teacher should be teaching to the abilities and needs of her students regardless of level anyway. As a teacher, I almost always teach composite grades, and as a relief teacher, usually can't tell which kids are in which grades - I just deal with their abilities and behaviours as they come.
As a student, I was in composite classes, all the way through primary school. I was able to get into an Accelerated Learning Program for high school, so it certainly didn't hamper my education in any way!
Steph, without knowing Hayden or the kids he is going to school with, I would say that it is more likely to help than hinder.
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 05:00 PM

Thanks for everyone advice. I am sure it is all my pregnancy hormones adding with the little bit of stress with my little boy starting school.

I know that M is well adjusted to a classroom/play environment thanks to his daycare kindergarten program , so we should be ok smile.gif
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 06:03 PM

I was in composite classes for all of my primary school years, as I went to smaller schools, and prefered it, as I was above many students in my year level, and was able to do the older kids work at times where it was required.

I am sure Master M will be more than fine!
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