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    Default Changing schools - advice please

    After some advice please.

    Ds is changing schools as we are moving States.
    He will be in year 1 in 2016.

    At his current school, he's learnt about 40-60 sight/camera words.

    We did orientation yesterday for the new school and I found out they've learnt over 120 sight words already.

    I love my current school so I'm not concerned that the school was 'incorrect' for not doing more, they have learnt science and Italian and i wish that the new school did this too.

    However I'm worried about ds moving forward. The kids yesterday were doing simple sentences and I still had to spell all the words to him.

    I have the list of sight words that the new school has learnt in kindy/pre primary, but there's no chance will learn more than 10 of them during the school hols.

    For those who have been in similar positions or who are teachers, will he be severely disadvantaged next year?

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    First of all,just wantes to say that ALL schools do science - it is a requirement in the national curriculum,so it must be a regular part of the classroom. As is learning a second language So dont worry that he will miss out there.

    My experience is that kids who come from a school where they haven't learnt as much 'content' (such as sight words) tend to pick it up quite quickly, depending on the pace of the child doing the learning. It is likely a whole different learning style and culture of learning at the new school, and once immersed in it, kids tend to pick it up. So I wouldnt stress too much,but keep open communication with the teacher when he begins,as to how he is going.

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    So he did orientation for grade 1 at the new school yesterday? Every state has a different curriculum. I did year 10 in Qld, then moved to Victoria and repeated Year 10 as the Victorian curriculum was some what harder than Qld. Your little guy is only in year 1 next year so he will adapt quickly. If the school feels that he isn't coping by the end of year 1, they will offer for him to repeat. My daughter repeated Prep and it did her a world of good emotionally. I wouldn't stress too much.

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    I wouldnt want him to repeat, that would not good at all. He isn't the best but he's pretty good and quite good at arithmetic. If the only strategy to deal with that was to suggest repeating, I would be extremely upset.

    I thought that now that there was a national curriculum that there would be more of a baseline that would have to be met??

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeeeesecake View Post
    First of all,just wantes to say that ALL schools do science - it is a requirement in the national curriculum,so it must be a regular part of the classroom. As is learning a second language So dont worry that he will miss out there.

    My experience is that kids who come from a school where they haven't learnt as much 'content' (such as sight words) tend to pick it up quite quickly, depending on the pace of the child doing the learning. It is likely a whole different learning style and culture of learning at the new school, and once immersed in it, kids tend to pick it up. So I wouldnt stress too much,but keep open communication with the teacher when he begins,as to how he is going.
    See this new school doesn't teach a 2nd language.. And one of my best friends is a kindy teacher at the other catholic school 1km away from the school that my da is attending (which is also catholic), and she says there is no time for science or languages as they are just too busy with having 30 kids in a class. So I dunno if we're behind now or not!!

    I guess I'm a bit nervous for him and really have to work at not showing him my nervousness and stress over it. I didn't sleep much last night over it. Our current school is small, 150 kids, the new school has over 400.

    Thanks for the reply, he is bright (when he puts his mind to it, much like me really).

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    Quote Originally Posted by misho View Post
    I wouldnt want him to repeat, that would not good at all. He isn't the best but he's pretty good and quite good at arithmetic. If the only strategy to deal with that was to suggest repeating, I would be extremely upset.

    I thought that now that there was a national curriculum that there would be more of a baseline that would have to be met??

    Personally, I was devastated when I was told it was recommended that my daughter should repeat prep, but my mum who used to be a teachers aide in a Prep class told me that if a school advises for a student to repeat, that is a sign of a good school, as they care about the student's education and won't allow them to fall behind. However, your son might pick things up during the year until he is on par with his class mates. If you are still concerned, help him at home, though parents are encouraged to read sight words every night. My youngest daughter went up 15 levels in one week, it was like a switch went off and she nailed them. We all worry as parents, I am sure your son will do just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marchbundle View Post
    So he did orientation for grade 1 at the new school yesterday? Every state has a different curriculum. I did year 10 in Qld, then moved to Victoria and repeated Year 10 as the Victorian curriculum was some what harder than Qld. Your little guy is only in year 1 next year so he will adapt quickly. If the school feels that he isn't coping by the end of year 1, they will offer for him to repeat. My daughter repeated Prep and it did her a world of good emotionally. I wouldn't stress too much.
    Every state now follows the national curriculum - they used to be different but aren't any more.

    OP I think your son will be ok. Just be proactive and upfront with the teacher about your concerns and they might give you ideas to help at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misho View Post
    ...and she says there is no time for science...

    I have nothing useful to contribute, but jeez this made me cringe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deku View Post

    I have nothing useful to contribute, but jeez this made me cringe.
    Science is a requirement and saying that is a copout. 😒


 

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