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    Default Year 1/2 Composite Class

    Hi, I am hoping someone can help me out. We have recently moved from Springfield Lakes where my daughter attended Prep at Springfield lakes State school to Booval at Ipswich where my Daughter is enrolled at Ipswich Central state school which I am told is a fantastic school. I called the school this morning to find out that she has been put into a Composite class of 1/2. She is entering into year 1 and will be in class with year 1 and 2 children. I am very worried about if we have made the right decision in our choice of school and if the composite is generaly a good or bad experince for the kids. If anyone can give me advice.opinions it would be great. Our other choice of school was Silkstone state school and I did hear some negative things about it????????

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    Hi!

    Im not a parent, but a teacher! And I will have a Year 2/3 composite class this year!

    From my point of view I think composite classes are great! Children learn in different ways at different paces and a composite class allows for this. Children who are struggling can be assisted by their more able peers whilst those who are thriving can be grouped with others at the same level. All in all I think a composite class gives children lots of things that single level classes dont.

    Social skills are generally enhanced as different aged groups interact within the classroom.

    At the end of the day I think that there are always going to be good composite classes and bad ones just like there will be good single level classes and bad ones. It depends on the school, teacher, principal, other families etc!

    I wouldnt change my child to a school I had heard negative things about just to avoid a composite class tho!

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    Hi,

    Our school does heaps of composite classes and they seem to work really well. They sometimes have a few composite classes from Kindergarten to Year 2 (depends on numbers) and then they only have composite classes from Year 3 to Year 6.

    The children work to their ability and not just according to what year they are in.

    At our school they all seem to mix quite well and my DD1 has friends in her own year, the year below and the year above.
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    Both my children have been in comp classes and I think they are great
    I also remember being in a comp class in primary school and I loved it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post
    Hi!

    Im not a parent, but a teacher! And I will have a Year 2/3 composite class this year!

    From my point of view I think composite classes are great! Children learn in different ways at different paces and a composite class allows for this. Children who are struggling can be assisted by their more able peers whilst those who are thriving can be grouped with others at the same level. All in all I think a composite class gives children lots of things that single level classes dont.

    Social skills are generally enhanced as different aged groups interact within the classroom.

    At the end of the day I think that there are always going to be good composite classes and bad ones just like there will be good single level classes and bad ones. It depends on the school, teacher, principal, other families etc!

    I wouldnt change my child to a school I had heard negative things about just to avoid a composite class tho!
    For the most part. I'm not a teacher though.

    I think it is a good idea. Those that need to take it a little slower to learn properly get the opportunity to do so (as opposed to rushing them ahead, which can result in a ton of problems) and those who are slightly more advanced can go on to some more challenging stuff.
    I really see it as a benefit to both of the ages in the class.

    Rushing kids ahead with their peers when they aren't ready can make them resent school or feel stupid and that can manifest in a few different ways and keeping kids back can make them bored with the work or ashamed of the fact that they already know the stuff others are still struggling with.

    Win-win situation, in my eyes.

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    well im not a parent or teacher but i was in a kindergarten/year 1 compisite with me being in kindergarten and also in a year3/4 one with me being in year 4 and i found that i loved it, it was a chance to mix with other age groups, the teacher would often split us into our year groups for about half the days activities, and explain the task to one year level ( in a little room in our classroom) and then go explain to the other year level.

    i gained some great friendships from a compoisite class too and never felt like i was falling behind or anything.

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    I believe it depends on the teacher taking the class. Some cope very well and some not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazyfamily View Post
    I believe it depends on the teacher taking the class. Some cope very well and some not.
    I think that that goes for EVERY classroom...not just composite classes...

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    Thanks all for your opinion. I guess I am worried that her entering into grade 1 and going into a class with grade 2 children who I take it already know the basics or reading writing math etc may be hard for her to pick up, but from what you have all said it sounds like they don't really move at a year 2 or 1 level but sort of in between so they can work at their own pace.
    It is so worrying that she will be mixing with children a little older I don't want her to feel like she needs to "Compete" with the older kids.
    Anyone else have any opinions on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post
    I think that that goes for EVERY classroom...not just composite classes...
    very true. But some teachers are great with a single level class but can't cope with a composite. This is exactly what was admitted to me by a teacher I know. She doesn't do the job well when it isn't one level.


 

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