This Thursday 10 December we have 'Meet the Teacher' after morning tea where the children find out which classroom they will be in and who their teacher will be. Next year, as has sometimes happened other years, we start with 7 classrooms (roll of approximately 173 pupils). Farewelling 34 wonderful Year 8 children to High School, a larger cohort than normal, means one less classroom to start the year. We expect the roll to quickly build again and as this happens the 8th classroom will re-open.
As a consequence of this, a significant number of children will appear to be jumping a classroom. It is important for the children, and parents, to understand that the classroom is just a physical space and not a jump in learning or class level. The children will still be at the appropriate level and teachers will teach to the two-year levels (and to the learning needs of each child) in their class.
Each year we have two or three queries about how we decide on which class the children will be in. Being a smaller school we don’t have the luxury of a choice of classes that larger schools have and this means most of the classes are multilevel. Like all schools, funding and class size is influenced by a funding allocation of one teacher to 15 children for the New Entrant room, one to 23 children at the Year 2/3 level and one to 29 at the Year4-8 level.
Within these limitations, teachers and I spend considerable time discussing class placement. Below is our class composition guideline for your information.
To create classes with a smaller age/maturity range as possible that makes it easy to cater to all pupils’ social, emotional, physical and academic needs. That this takes place without unduly unbalancing appropriate teacher-pupil ratios.
Pupils will be placed into class groups that may or may not be composite in nature (e.g. have both Yr. 5 & 6 in the same class) that have a majority of pupils as close in age to each other as much as is possible without unbalanced classroom teacher-pupil ratios.