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    SJust wanted op a friend of mine who has recently moved to melbourn (from Brisbane) was saying that the prep kids are doing the equivalent to year 2 work down there. I find it a little hard to believe, my DD who is in grade 2 sometimes struggle so i couldnt imagine 5 year olds doing the same work. I guess my question is, is the education in Melbourne really so more advanced then in QLD?

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    i think it's supposed to all be the same isn't it? I wouldn't believe it either. it's a bit far fetched. prep to year 2 work is a BIG leap.

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    Thats what i thought too

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    When we moved from nsw to qld ds was in kindergarten but was put into year 1 because he was doing the equivalent work. Now it's all national curriculum so it should be the same.

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    It's hard to say. the names of the early years being different in each state makes it confusing. It also depends on the school - some years in some schools can be a bit behind for many reasons.

    I wouldn't say in Melbourne as a rule the schools are ahead. But there are some amazing schools there with very different ways of teaching - DD1's friend is in Melbourne and in a class which includes kids from year 1 to year 7 - it's extremely progressive.
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    So many differnt options for schooling. I feel so lucky that my daughters will grow up with different choices

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    It was many years ago, but I started my schooling in Vic (prep-1), then moved to NSW for years 2, 3, 4 and 5, then SA for grade 6, grade 7 and beyond in Qld.

    I was doing long-division in Year 1 in Vic... but DD is in Grade 2 here in Qld and hasn't even touched on it yet.

    I also was a lot further up the "who's the smartest in the class," ladder when I moved to Qld. I was always somewhat average elsewhere, but in Qld I was one of the smart kids. Kind of think Qld is a bit behind when it comes to education personally...

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    Hopefully they all come on par with each other, I think alot of it depends on the school and teacher though too. my daghter in grade 2 has started doing long division this year so goes to show it is all different

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    Qld is still behind we moved from qld to SA & DS was a year behind...he has now caught up thankfully.

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    DD was doing an online maths thing and it had the option to select the starting level. It had Prep(VIC etc)/Pre-Primary(WA)/Kindergarten(NSW) as one level but at the same level it had Year 1 for QLD. I'd assume from this that QLD's curriculum is behind (this should be changing as the Australian Curriculum is implemented).

    I have had a child who's moved to WA from QLD in my class and they were more than a year behind. Plus I know that WA is behind Victoria as I know many teachers there. One Vic teacher I know very well said they had a QLD child start in their year 5 class and they were close to 2 years behind.

    So yes, totally believable - but should start to change as the curriculum is standardised nationally.


 

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