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2 sub levels

Discussion in 'Primary' started by angiebabe, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. angiebabe

    angiebabe Occasional commenter

    I've posted this on Private Tutors - but no response yet.
    I was 'interviewed' by a mum of a yr4 child yesterday. Over the
    phone she stressed his problems were mostly centred around presentation
    of work. However on meeting and chatting to her it seems that literacy as a whole
    is a problem. Dad and grandad are both dyslexic (not sure if
    diagnosed). She wants me to help him move from 2c to 2a by the end of
    the academic year.
    When she told me about the presentation she
    said it was actually better in yr1 & 2 so I suggested an eye test,
    which she has taken on board and booked an appointment. I also thought
    about dyspraxia (but never mentioned the word) just asked about
    co-ordination, sports etc. She confirms that his co-ordination is very
    poor and he really dislikes any team games and learning to swim has been
    a problem as classes change the stroke too often for him to become
    competent - dad is qualified instructor but that has its own
    difficulties, as does mum and grandma (retired teacher) tutoring as
    relationships have become tricky. He is a very quiet well behaved boy
    who seems to have few interests. She says he learnt to read early but
    is not a keen reader.
    Anyway it turns out he is struggling with
    all aspects of literacy! Maths is great although presentation again is
    becoming more of a problem.
    I think it is a big ask to move 2
    sublevels with this child in such a short space of time considering I
    will only see him for an hour a week during term time (although I could
    give him lots of homework of course - poor kid).
    Also I have
    taught 2 other pupils from this school previously and am currently
    tutoring 2 other children from this boy's class. Their literacy skills
    for yr4 imho are not great. They all struggle with spelling,
    punctuation and comprehension. I am comparing them to the school I
    recently retired from. If anything they seem to be more of a beginning
    yr3 level to me.
    I would value any opinions - although I don't
    even know if she wants me to take on the task - am curious to hear what
    you all have to say anyway.
  2. angiebabe

    angiebabe Occasional commenter

    I agree the eye test and dyspraxia are a little premature but I was only going on a telephone conversation and therefore toying with ideas as to why he was behind. I can't really tell parent to question school, don't feel it is my place. I will do my best to encourage child to enjoy learning and try to engender a love of books because it is through this that I believe he will improve in confidence. Other parent that I have of another child in his class is very pleased with my efforts - I had her older two children for a couple of years as well - even though I think my input was minimal and I feel sure the children in question could have done even better with more motivation and backup regards homework from parents - they really think I have made a difference so perhaps I am not seeing what I am seeing. It is completely different from a classroom situation as you only get to see them once a week and I really do want to make a difference, otherwise what is the point of my being there?

  3. Sorry the link did not work. I have just realised there is an e that should not be there.
    That is the correct link.

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