Guest vikkiann

How many terms in reception?

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    Guest vikkiann

    I've tried reading through previous posts and i know that this has been asked before but

     

    We moved over in June, our 5 year old had almost completed a full year in reception in the uk and started reception here in term 3. She is bright and ahead of all of her class. I've been told that she will have to resit reception next year, meaning that she will have done 1 year in the uk in reception and 6 terms here.

     

    Can anyone advise me on how i can get round this?

    If its just her school, public or if she was in private education would it be any different?

     

    Thanks in advance, not very happy at the moment!!!

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    Hi Vikki

     

    It is confusing with the years here..... I know when our daughters arrived, I felt that they were way ahead in education terms...however, after much discussion, we decided to let them do a year twice and hold them back so to speak......so that they would be with children the same age as them. What you need to possibly think about is, when she is 14...do you want her to be in a year with girls a year or so older than her? Think about it socially ....

     

    Just my thoughts...hope this helps

     

     

     

    Sarahx

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    Your child will have to be in reception for terms 3 & 4 and then all of the following year. The child must have a minimum of 4 full terms in reception. If you have a boy then having 6 reception terms is no bad thing. All this assumes your child just turned 5 so they could start Aus school in term 3

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    Guest vikkiann

    Would it be any different in private school, do you know?

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    Would it be any different in private school, do you know?

     

    When was she five?

     

    My daughter was five in February this year and she started reception in January, 3 weeks before her 5th birthday. She will do 4 terms in reception the go to year one next year.

     

    My kids are in southern vales school, both are the youngest in their school year. But cope well socially and academically

     

     

    Heidi

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    Guest vikkiann

    She was 5 in June this year. If she stays in reception next year, she'll be 6 1/2 when she starts year 1

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    Guest Katangel

    Both my boys did 6 terms in reception cos their birthdays are in the middle of the year. This definitely helped them! They won't be the only ones that.ll be 6 and a half yrs old. A lot of the class will be too. Like someone suggested above you have to think of when they are teens and socially. My step daughter moved to Adelaide when she was in yr 7 in the UK so we put her into yr 7 in Adelaide when technically she should have gone into year 6 but we did not know this and looking back i wish we had as she just wasn't mentally and socially capable with kids a year older than her and oven though we thought she coped with the school work, her being younger made her go backwards if that makes sense. She ended up dropping out of school at 15 to get a job cos she hated it so much. Now she is 21 and regrets it. Hindsight is wonderfully awful lol

     

    with your daughter being bright, ask her teachers to set her some extra work or send her home with extra so that she won't get bored in the class room and then at least she is still with kids her own age :-) good luck!

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    Actually thinking about it most of siennas classmates will be 61/2 by the time they start year one. We have been at so many 6th birthday parties in the last 3 months.

     

    If the school is good at extending kids work and if she is in an R1 class then maybe don't worry to much. Depends how good the school is I guess. Maybe make enquries elsewhere ......

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    Guest Mrs Bon Jovi

    Ryan is in the same boat. He was 5 in June and started Reception in term 3 so will have to do the 6 terms of it. But then we came from Scotland where he would have only started school this week anyway, so it's not an issue for us really.

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    Sometimes they assess each child on their own merit, ask the principal because your child's story is a little different to say if they had only just started school in June. If you are happy with your child's school then see if there is a Rec/1 class she could go into as then she can work at her own level but still have the opportunity to mix with her age peers.

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    Guest K.gordon

    Hi, my daughter also turned 5 in June, we arrive on 12th October - what Reception term will she start and when would this be? Our other daughter turned 4 in July, I'm assuming she'll be repeating her Nursery year too. Does anybody know how many hours per week she will be doing?

     

    We've talked to them about repeating their school years again and we think they understand - they're just so excited about making new friends!

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    My oldest son finished year 6 in the UK and has gone in to year 5 here. His birthday is June and he is now one of the oldest in the class rather than the youngest. Although he finds some of the maths they do in class easy (he got a level six in his Maths sats before we left) they do other things that are new to him. The rest of the work they do is at a similar level to what he was doing before we left so I don't think he's going backwards in any way. Although I think he would have coped with the work if we had put him in year six I don't think he would have coped socially and emotionally. My youngest son had just finished year 2 in the UK and is in year 2 here. He's now one of the youngest in the class which is ideal for him. He was also very bright and at the top of his class in the UK but is getting work here that is challanging him and he is doing well.

     

    I know your daughter seems to have spent a long time in reception but if she moves up a year she will be the youngest in her year by quite a way. As others have said this might not be an issue now but could be a major problem later on, and not just when she hits the teenage years either. Have you spoken to the school to see what they think? The suggestion of getting her in to a mixed reception and year one class sounds like a good one. While all of us with bright kids like to think they are progressing intellectually we also have to look out for their social and emotional well being in the long term as well as right now.

     

    Good luck

    Nicola

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    It’s certainly seems a confusing system, my son was 4 very nearly 5 when he started Reception – Which was the beginning of May 2011 , his birthday was the end of May and he had to complete Three Reception terms then started year 1 in January (The same as all the others that started with him) I'm assuming something must have changed since then, six terms seems excessive .

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    Our son is going to be in the same boat. A year of reception here in the UK and then 5-6 terms (a year and a half potentially) in reception in Aus. I've accepted it and actually can see the positives in the short and long term outweigh the negatives (at least for us). Had we moved before next summer he'd simply not be starting school till it came round in Aus and he'd still do the 6 full terms of reception there and be one of the oldest kids. Its just we start them from 4 in the UK and 5 over there.

     

    Mainly that he would be with his actual correct age group and would not be the very youngest in the school year throughout school. It will also mean he'll play sports in his correct age throughout school and also as he gets older will be with his peers not with children a good year older than him.

     

    In the beginning when I was researching the do over of a year of reception did bother me but thinking it all over I like the advantages it will bring as he goes through his school life. My husband was always the very youngest at school and he also prefers our son be one of the older ones not the very youngest (our son is an early May birthday so misses the cut off by 10 days or so).

     

    I realise it might be a bit of a do over in some respects but also remember the new teaching system is coming in in SA now (national standards or some such) and so having that extra do over of reception may well be of benefit while they introduce the new set up in schools.

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