School Days – parents evening and dinosaurs

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

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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”

School days – writing Christmas cards

hand written christmas cards

This week’s School Days was pretty uneventful.  Or maybe it’s just N not really telling me anything that he’s been doing. VIP Whoop, it’s been another week, another VIP day.  This time, I’m still not quite sure what it was awarded for, but N was happy. He even created a couple of ‘sticker books’ for his VIP stickers! Funky camel N seems to be loving the preparations for the Christmas play, and we’ve been treated to quite a few renditions… Continue Reading “School days – writing Christmas cards”

Alternative Christmas nativity play and characters

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Before N was at school I often heard rumblings around this time of year, about the Christmas play. But it wasn’t always the nativity which you would expect to see. No, the nativity had been extended to encompass any type of random creature that you wouldn’t normally expect. I presume this is because teachers (and potentially parents with several children) got sick of teaching young children the same nativity play each year. Instead the Christmas play scripts on offer have… Continue Reading “Alternative Christmas nativity play and characters”

Is homework for primary age children a good thing?

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Before N started school I was pretty much against homework at primary school. I didn’t recall doing any during my primary years, and really didn’t feel like I did much at secondary either despite being a bit of a swot. My arguments against homework for primary kids: 1, We didn’t do homework at primary and still managed to do well at school 2, There’s not enough time in the evenings (especially when children are at after school club and don’t… Continue Reading “Is homework for primary age children a good thing?”

School Days – homework and plays

pleased with his maths homework

This week was another tiring week for N. I wasn’t sure if he’d make it to tennis on Friday because Thursday he was just wiped out. But even with his tennis session now pushed back to later, he was there and had plenty of bounce for it. It amazes me how much go young children can have. Having said that, there didn’t seem to be much going on at school that he was telling me about. Strictly nativity This year… Continue Reading “School Days – homework and plays”