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#1 TinyTeddys

Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:09 PM

DS's school has put a spreadsheet in the newsletter with a breakdown of each grade plus class size. In Year 4 there are 3 classes including two with 30 kids. The third class is a composite class of grade 4, 5 & 6 kids (again 30 kids in the class). The remaining grade 5 & 6 kids are ALL in composite classes (5 classes in total and just below 30 kids per class. There is only one other composite class in between K & Year 3.

Why would they do this? Kinda seems like an experiment...

#2 :-) Bec

Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:23 PM

I'd say some of the year 4's might have been extended, classified as gifted etc.

#3 TinyTeddys

Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:04 PM

Fair enough, but why would your make all of year 5 & 6 mixed?

#4 ~Sorceress~

Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:08 PM

My DS was at a school that did all of 5/6 in composite classes. Wasn't great or terrible biggrin.gif - it really does depend on the teacher. And they're big classes!

#5 Ireckon

Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:09 PM

A lot of schools seem to be doing all composite classes this year - just from talking with friends and reading EB, that is the extent  of my research ph34r.gif

My kids have 2 classes: infants, and primary. School of 46 here. It works really well for them.

#6 mumto3princesses

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:02 PM

Our primary school does all of primary composites and they all usually have 30 in each class. We have 3x years 3/4 and 3x years 5/6. They have done a gifted and talented class of years 4/5/6 sometimes too but haven't this year.

They also do composites for infants due to numbers. Depends on the numbers of kids as to what sort of composite they need to do. They will do whatever they need to. So, K/1 or 1/2 and they have also done a 2/3 a few times as well.

#7 FeralZombieMum

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:13 PM

QUOTE (TinyTeddys @ 01/02/2013, 05:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Fair enough, but why would your make all of year 5 & 6 mixed?

My kids primary school does this. They are the senior students of the school, and do various senior/leadership type duties during the week. The Grade 6's have already had a year of doing these responsibilities, so are able to guide and assist the Gr 5's. I think it works quite well due to the overlap of students.

#8 mintpatty

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:24 PM

Often schools will mix two grades together if there have been social issues to space the kids apart.  As I'm 99.9% my kids go to the same school as yours (BPS) I can assure you there has been no shortage of b**chiness and social problems from the girls in year 5.

ETA sorry, not all the girls in year 5, just a select few charmers.

Edited by mintpatty, 01 February 2013 - 06:32 PM.


#9 Julie3Girls

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:53 PM

Our school does it. The reasons given last year
- gives the teachers more options for spacing out the kids ( we have 3 5/6 classes)
- keeps the kids all equals .. All of the kids get a chance to be in the lower half and learn from the older kids, and all the kids have a chance to be at the top.
- keeps it all equal from a parent point of view, no complaints about why is my child in/not in the composite. (This was hinted out, not said outright)
- social benefits, getting the kids to know the years above and below. Nice to think when my dd goes to high school next year, she will have friends in the year above already there.
- the two year stage curriculum makes it easy to run a composite class's like this.

Our school also tends to do composites for all 3/4 classes as well. This year, we have a 4/5 thrown in the mix as well.

They have been running the 5/6 composites for years, it seems to work well at our school.

#10 Expelliarmus

Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:53 PM

I imagine it is to best facilitate the placement of children for optimal learning in including social, emotional and academic reasons while remaining in the confines of the number of teachers which that number of students attracts.

That's pretty much the extent of class placement reasoning.


#11 TinyTeddys

Posted 02 February 2013 - 07:43 AM

mintpatty- yes, makes more sense now. My son is in a younger grade so obviously oblivious to that.

Thanks for your replys   original.gif

#12 unicycle

Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:41 AM

Uneven spread of numbers, eg very big year 5 group, too few to make an entire grade 6 class? Funding, funding, funding disguised under " better learning opportunities". ?

#13 *l&k*mama

Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:05 AM

If its NSW it's quite common as they are stage classes based on the curriculum which is a 2 year cycle

#14 melaine

Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:15 AM

It could be a philosophical approach with the school preferring composite classes at certain levels.

Or it might be a practical decision.

Eg if you have 70 grade 5s and 50 grade 6s you could make 2 grade 5 classes of 30 and have 10 kids left over and then have 2 5/6 classes with only 5 grade 5s in each OR you could choose to have 4 5/6s with a more even split between 5s and 6s.

My kid's school went to straight classes this year because they couldn't get the numbers to work with composites (our school is bottom heavy as it's rapidly increased in size).

Edited by melaine, 29 March 2013 - 08:46 AM.


#15 FluffyOscar

Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:27 AM

Some schools have a mass exodus of students from Grade 5 onwards into the private system and find it more practical to mix up the students who are left. Our school does this.




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