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    My dd is starting prep next yr. I was really hoping she would be in a straight prep class but they have put her and 7 other preps in a mixed prep grade 1 class. This worries me a bit Im not sure if she will miss out on some of the prep lessons or if there will be more pressure on her to 'perform' at a higher level.Has anyone had their prep start in a mixed grade? and how did they cope? My dd is confident and eager to learn but Im not sure about mixed classes.

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    My Grade 1 child was put into a composite grade 1/2 class and I also had the same concern.

    I was assured by the teacher that the separate grades have their own curriculum to abide by.

    It ended up working well for us. Good luck


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    She will be fine! They do have their own set of curriculum, and you will find that the mix will work very well indeed ie. there will be a classroom with a mixture of abilities not just a set age - I have worked as a primary teacher in a Prep/Grade 1 class

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    Composite classes are great. I have only ever taught composite classes. Yes, each year level has their own curriculum to follow, and that can be tricky planning wise (I will have 4-7 next year!), but you have to remember that not all students within a single year level are working precisely within that level anyway. So, for example, in my class next year I have a year 7 working at a year 2 level, a year 5 at a year 7 level and another at a year 3 level. It's about knowing your students well and adjusting the learning tasks to ensure success for each student. Although I admit this isn't such an issue at Prep/1.

    What is great about a composite class at that age group is that the types of organizational skills/behaviour expectations etc can be modeled by the older students, and this generally means more time for dedicated teaching and less time needed on 'coming to school' skills. It also gives opportunities for younger more able kids to be extended. I wouldn't worry about it, but it's always good to share your concerns with her teacher rather than worrying at home about it :-)

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    I had concerns about this for my year 1 son this year. He has done ok throughout the year. They had a prep/yr 1 composite and all the preppies seemed happy as they also went and spent a lot of time with the other preps.

    Next year my son will be in another 1/2 class. Hoping he gets the same teacher tbh.

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