Typically I never got round to doing N’s foundation stage round up at the end of the school year. Going camping straight away after they broke up for summer didn’t leave anytime for blog posts. But the school year has started again, and I want to get set for the new year.
N’s gone into year 1. He’s excited to not be in reception any longer, but scared in case the writing he has to do is too hard. He’s not a fan of writing, and I’ve deduced that it’s because he doesn’t like to fail and be wrong. He’ll always seem to check with me first before writing what he thinks. It’s his writing which means he’s in the lower split class for Year 1. They move most up to be in a class with Year 2, while the remaining year 1 children stay in Class 2 with foundation stage. Gradually they move the rest of the year 1s up depending on how well they progress. It’s his writing he needs to work on so hopefully he’ll get some confidence before he falls too far behind, while his friends move further ahead in the other class.
Last year he had a great foundation stage
While he could take or leave making lots of friends, he seemed to get stuck in to playing with a couple of friends, and at playtime joining in with the year 2s football games…the joys of having a cousin in that year.
He found a love of tennis (and turned out to be quite good at football while not really wanting to play it).
He was VIP a lot (around 17 times). As well as getting his bronze, silver and gold target certificates. And was awarded Learner of the week and Star of the week over the year.
He learnt his phonics, and could get through a book (under duress).
He was very aware of what’s going on in his class and in school, and we’d have chats each night about what went on, who did what.
He felt part of the school, and knew the routines, the teachers, the routines. He could probably recite the school policy book, they seem to know exactly what should and shouldn’t be done while in school.
N just took foundation stage in his stride, and was proud that he’d done that year and was moving up to Year 1.
My hopes for his Year 1 are simple
To make wider friendship groups. Or be more interested in being friends with more people. He seems to get on and play with others, but mostly these are older children, rather than his peers. And with his best friend moving to the other Year 1 class and leaving him behind with no-one he’s particularly friendly with, he’s going to need to make more of an effort.
Writing (and reading) clicks, and he’s more willing to give it a go. In particular with writing, because this is the area that he needs to improve on to move up.
That N keeps enjoying and improving his maths work. This seems to be his strength, especially the more practical side of it.
Try some team after school sports. N only seems to want to do the school lesson sports, but he won’t try any of the clubs after school (apart from tennis). The choice this term seems more limited, but I’d love for him to try something else to meet some other children as well as his usual friends.
Not lose any items of clothing (and make his school shoes last until his feet grow instead of scuffing them too badly to wear them). He forgot a few items last year, but by the end of the year they’d all come home again. So hopefully this success will continue.
Continue to be a happy little boy, and keep enjoying school. Yes it will be harder work wise, but I’d really like him not to be scared of trying and giving school work a go.
N, enjoy year 1
What year are your children moving into? What do you hope for them?
And a reminder that the #SchoolDays linky will be back on Sunday the 11th, so do come back and link up any school posts then.