Hi, if any teachers want to offer some advice, it would be much appreciated...
I'm in Qld, and have been told that our curriculum is being fast tracked to correspond with other states. My two younger children brought home their reports this week, and I was disappointed, particularly with their maths result.
Youngest child is only year one, the other year 3. They both received a "C" in maths. I understand that a C means they are working to year level expectations. I'm not sure about my year one child, but I know that my other child has typically worked above this level and I was told at the end of last year, year two, that he was headed towards an "A" in maths (receiving a B result). His english result was a "B" and again I had been informed at the end of year two that he was very close to an A result. He has the same two teachers that he had in year two.
I had the interview with both teachers this morning and they said that he hadn't put in sufficient effort (rushing, not checking etc) and as a result his mark wasn't as high as it potentially could be. They showed me his english results from earlier in the year (February/March/April) and he received B's and I think 1, maybe 2 C's. They had spoken with him about these marks, and told him he was capable of much better, the past 4 tests he received three A's and a B - resulting in a "B" result on his report card.
He is in the highest level spelling, reading and maths group (the spelling group is made up of him and one other child), yet the teachers showed me that children from the other groups actually received a higher result than him in their report cards (apparently due to his lack of effort).
He is in a composite 2/3 class, there are over 50 children taught by two teachers.
I know that a "C" result is not a bad result, however for him, it is below his ability, and I am concerned that he has been overlooked, the class size is too big, and it is too difficult for the teachers to adequately teach individual children in this situation. I don't think they are bad teachers at all, but I do think that they should have advised me earlier that his effort was slipping, and I admit I was quite surprised at both his english and maths result. He is capable of better, and I don't want him to think he is average.
All of my children are at a state school, there is a private school that has a maximum of 20 students per class, and I am considering looking into it if it means that my child won't be just one of many. It's important that they are give the best opportunity and I don't want to look back on this time with regret. Any thoughts, advice?