Living Arrows 2017 week 6 – writing practice

writing practice

N enjoys school but the one thing he’s not keen on is writing. So I was happy to see him getting excited about being close to completing his reward chart writing row – he only needed 6 stickers.  So one evening he wrote all 4 of his birthday thank you letters. Then not satisfied that he still had 2 stickers to get, he decided to write about dinosaurs. Three sentences later, I had a piece of paper with information about… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2017 week 6 – writing practice”

School Days – VIPs and junk modelling

working out his maths

This week’s School Days post is a little low on insight this week. Damn that N was ill on Sunday and therefore couldn’t be back at school until Tuesday. VIP x2 N was awarded VIP 2 days on the trot this week.  We think for focusing and working hard, but I’m not convinced N was quite sure.  He was very pleased with himself and was quite gutted that he didn’t get it again on Friday.  Although more annoyed that on… Continue Reading “School Days – VIPs and junk modelling”

Making maths fun with Fundels games

Playing number games with Cartamundi Fundels plus a review - Bubbablue and me

I’ve mentioned before how N is just getting into games and I’m a big fan of anything educational.  When Cartamundi asked me to review a couple of their newly launched Fundels games, I thought it was a great opportunity to broaden N’s game options.  And help enforce his maths at the same time. Cartamundi are specialists in playing cards and card games, and Fundels have been launched to bring a fun and effective way of learning into the world of card… Continue Reading “Making maths fun with Fundels games”

School Days – football conversion and PDSA

working out maths and money - Bubbablue and me

It’s been a bit of a ‘nothing’ week for School Days. Just another week and N hasn’t been forthcoming with his commentary on his days.  The biggest thing was going as a 6 year old. He didn’t want to be 6 and go to school.  Thankfully Monday came and went with no problems. VIP N came home with his first VIP sticker in ages. His house team are lagging behind the other 3 teams, so I think they need a… Continue Reading “School Days – football conversion and PDSA”

School Days – parents evening and dinosaurs

doing maths homework

After last week’s short week, this one was about getting back into the proper routine. After a long break you forget how hard it is to do a full week at school. And that’s just the parents – fitting everything in, remembering everything that’s going on and geeing up the children. We’re definitely back into the routine again. Reading Whoop, finally N had (we think) moved up a level in reading. He’s now on level 6/orange and is going up… Continue Reading “School Days – parents evening and dinosaurs”

School Days – post Christmas lull and school disco

paper aeroplane flying

We’re back after the Christmas holidays, and the first ‘week’ of school is over.  I know some aren’t even back yet, so if you’re still enjoying the holidays, I hope the first week back goes well. N seemed happy enough going back to school. When he was asked if he enjoyed school, he even answered yes (before then remembering that maybe he shouldn’t give that away, and saying no!).  I’m really glad he enjoys school, even though he sometimes moans… Continue Reading “School Days – post Christmas lull and school disco”

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas nativity and morris dancing costume

Strictly come dancing nativity play and a morris dancer costume - Bubbablue and me

Year 1 and the Christmas nativity performance is over for another year.  This year it was an alternative nativity – Lights Camel Action.  What made it more fun was it being a Strictly Come Dancing themed show. N had been quite existed ahead of it, and got into Strictly Come Dancing.  He could relate to the different characters and could tell me everyone’s roles in their play.  N’s school do a nativity for reception, year 1 and year 2s.  He… Continue Reading “Strictly Come Dancing Christmas nativity and morris dancing costume”

School days – christmas nativity play

Christmas nativity morris dancing shepherd

That’s Christmas term done and dusted at school.  He’s had a great year so far – his maths is rocking as expected, I’m amazed how he’s applied himself to learning spellings, and his reading has blossomed. Even his writing is coming more freely and his confidence in his ability is much better than it was on starting in year 1. I was expecting N and his other year 1s to be moving up to Class 2 next term to join… Continue Reading “School days – christmas nativity play”

School days – missing school

sleeping ill boy and missing school

This week’s School Days has been a flop here thanks to illness.  Unlike reception year where N managed to pretty much avoid all the lurgy going round (apart from 1 day), he’s been wiped out by tonsillitis.  I’m gutted because it’s not even Christmas yet and he’s already had 3 days off sick vs last year’s 1!But that in itself has brought some conversations up about school. Year 1/2 tests At the start of the week (when I was sending… Continue Reading “School days – missing school”

School Days – dance festival and Advent

birdman-chasing-the-gingerbread-man

Bizarrely, the nearer we get to the end of term, there’s less going on at School. That’s despite all the nativity play rehearsal – or because of. So there’s less homework coming back, less funny comments and information from N. I’m wondering what he gets up to. Hopefully the break over Christmas will mean he’s a bit more forthcoming afterwards. Dance festival When I first mentioned the primary school dance festival, N wasn’t impressed. But it came round to the… Continue Reading “School Days – dance festival and Advent”