It’s getting ever nearer to Christmas and it appears that N’s school Christmas performance rehearsals have started along with the usual learning and fun.
I love that N keeps coming out of school and saying he had a good day. It sounds like our neighbour’s stepson has got a place (that’s 3 over capacity in our year) due to an older child leaving). It’ll be nice for N to hopefully make friends with another child living next door…well, half a mile down the road at the next farm! The last time it was mentioned we meet them when they were applying to get a place, we just couldn’t coordinate times.
This week has been a busy one for him:
N’s been to his first forest school session. I think he had some incorrect expectations, but he said it was good fun, they made lots of dens. The only downside was he said he didn’t get a snack because there wasn’t enough and he couldn’t get his own one. I guess he’ll have to get more pushy in future if he wants to make sure he gets some.
N isn’t fussy at all, and last term we sat down and chose this term’s meals for him. I did wonder before he started school how they would know who’d ordered what, but they have a list and the children are given a wristband – red for meat dish, green for veggie option, blue for other (jacket, baguette, pasta basics) depending on what was ordered. It seems like a good system, and N’s only mentioned one time when we think he had the wrong colour band.
I always ask what N had for lunch, and he rarely remembers. Half the time I’m not sure he even remembers what colour band he was (even though it’s mostly red). But every morning he asks me what band he is. This term I haven’t written the meals we chose down, so I never know. I think it’s probably nicer to have a surprise, especially when he’ll eat anything anyway.
N had another non-uniform day this week, this time in aid of Christmas hamper raffle goods. But after the Children In Need day, N wanted to know why he couldn’t wear his pjs again. Thankfully he was happy in the end to go in normal clothes!
So far so good on phonics. N’s getting there – 14 sounds down, 14 letters written. And just to keep reminding him.
He does seem to enjoy thinking of words (especially names) that begin with the sound. But prefers getting me to think of them for him. He does keep ‘writing’ pages of his zig zag scribbles and then asking me to read them to him. I’ve no idea because it’s not proper writing, but he’s so insistent it’s funny.
It’s also become interesting to test everyone else on phonics and writing. N had his Read Write Inc flashcards* out to test me on the sounds, on the relevant words, and for me to practise writing the letters. Then he tells me if I’m correct.
My brother was tested on pictures. He had to guess what the pictures that N drew were of. A much harder task than mine was.
I’m not entirely sure what exact performance N’s class are doing. I’m assuming it’s a traditional nativity.
N’s been given the role of a villager – I don’t think he’s got any lines although when I mentioned that he’d not have to learn words, just the songs, he told me that ‘the villager’s really important, of course I have lines’. Hmm, I’m sure we’d have got some to practise if so.
He’s been trying to remember songs, but gets stuck after a few lines. N seems to remember quite a lot of songs on tv shows he’s watches, so I’m hoping he’ll get it before long. The other day he mentioned that it was the same as the play they’d done at nursery.
He then decided to root through his dressing up drawer…and came downstairs in his crown dragging his king outfit from last year.
‘That’s a king outfit, you’re a villager’.
‘That’s ok, I can wear it’
‘No, it’s too posh. I have to make you one’
‘Oh’ Disappointment that he won’t get to wear his king outfit, and that I have to make a village tunic.
What have your children been up to at school? Are they doing Christmas plays?