The summer holidays are rapidly passing by – even with me being in work, it feels like it’s whizzing by. For N he’s mostly been in holiday club – with the OH or his Gran usually picking him up early at 3ish and taking him back on the farm. Of course this wasn’t agreed before I paid for the holiday club so I’m out of pocket quite a bit. Maybe one year the OH will tell me he’ll be doing this each day and I’ll only need to book N in for what he’ll actually be doing.

As far as I can tell, there’s been a lot of activities including crafts coming home – pirates and princesses, science – rockets and volcanoes, layered sand/chalk and a lot of football and tennis. He’s enjoyed much of it, especially when some of his other school age peers have been in with him too.

But back to school will be welcome too. I’ve struggled to persuade N to continue doing some reading and writing over the holidays, despite him wanting to get stickers for his toy chain saw he’s been asking for. And the holiday scrapbook has about 30 pages of photos and leaflet inserts, but is severely lacking in more than 3 pieces of writing. Even Reading Eggs hasn’t drawn him in for some fun reading games. I might have to suggest a rusty readers session once he’s back at school to get him back to where he was before the holidays.

Holiday scrapbook excerpt

I think N’s a little wary of starting back in Year 1 because he realises he may have a little more work to do…although not as much as the year 1 children who’re moving up. But overall he’s looking forward to school again.

Here’s what we love about going back to school:


  1. Routine – while we still have holiday club at the same hours as school, getting back to N reading again each night will be good.
  2. No more packed lunches. I hate having to remember to have enough food in for the week for lunches
  3. No thinking about what clothes he needs to wear. Just get out uniform.
  4. More bedtime discussions about what N’s done each day. During the holidays I don’t get anything back about this
  5. N will be starting his new after school tennis club. He tells me now he only wants to play at school, but he’s booked in now, so has no choice for the first term. Hopefully he’ll enjoy it and do well.


  1. He gets to wear his new trainers. The most important thing!
  2. He’ll get to see his friends, and see his nursery friend who’s just starting in reception.
  3. Gets to be VIP again (hopefully)
  4. Gets to play lots of football with his cousin
    5. Lunch – the chunks of bread they can have alongside their meals!

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What do you look forward to about the kids going back to school?


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  1. Natalie Crossan

    I was nervous but my daughter was excited xx

  2. Nikki Hunter-Pike

    i was despearte for my odest to go back to school, and so was he! he loves school and gets quite crabby towards the end of the 6 week holidays!

  3. Karen Howden

    Its great to have them back, they get bored after 6 weeks holiday

  4. Vickie Jackson

    My daughter is looking forward to having school dinners…. I think that says a lot about my cooking lol!!

  5. Averil Lea

    Back to school…best time of the year in the run-up to Christmas with Nativity plays, carol services and perhaps even some snow.

  6. Laura Harrison

    Time to ourselves and back to a routine xxx

  7. Emma Goodwin

    I looked forward to starting my new job working at a school and enjoying term time only with my children.

  8. Caroline Signey

    My son started Primary school a couple of weeks ago, am looking forward to him learning lots of new and fun stuff

  9. Jill Fairbanks

    Yes I need the routine and I think my little man needs something fulfilling to do again

  10. Karen Barrett

    To be honest I missed my Grand-Daughter when she started school

  11. hayley pemberton

    it will be great for them to go back to school so my house doesn’t look like a bomb has hit it

  12. kelly gregory

    i need routine back and good bed times

  13. Laura Blackburn

    the days won’t be so full on, back to a bit of routine so we all know where we are!

  14. Adrian Bold

    A little bit of peace and quiet and some routine.

  15. paula cheadle

    looking forward to have a bit of me time

  16. I am looking forward to a little bit of space

  17. Dale Dow

    I missed running our school PTA so loved getting stuck back in

  18. David Crabb

    We home educate and this would be ideal for our five year old.

  19. Lisa Houston

    Not looking forward to it at all as my youngest is starting 🙁 Going to miss him so much, the house will be so quiet n empty without him

  20. theresa cooke

    I’m looking forward to getting some cleaning done, also I like walking my son to School. its our time together

  21. Danielle Cresswell

    It will be good for my son to see his friends and for me to spend some time one on one with the baby x

  22. Emilia nastaly-howard

    I’m glad my girls are happy to be back at school 🙂

  23. Sarah Archibald

    I enjoyed getting in to a routine with work as I work from home 🙂

  24. jodie harvey

    i love when the kids go back to school , back into routine and love when we have dinner and talk about our days, they love spending time with their friends and learning new things 🙂 our toddlers cant wait to start nursery/reception later this year

  25. Fiona Rennie

    Must admit I also enjoy getting in to a routine

  26. Chantiece Bates

    Children were excited for new teachers and to go back to seeing friends

  27. Christine Lockley

    I’m looking forward to getting back into a routine and having proper mealtimes instead of the non-stop grazing. It will also be great to hear about what their up to at school

  28. Hannah Igoe

    I am looking forward to hearing all about their days and the exciting things they have been up to!

  29. Caroline Cordery

    As we home educate, I’m looking forward to everyone going back to school so we can have the parks and museums back to ourselves again!

  30. Lisa Cotton

    I’m looking forward to a year of no school runs now my eldest goes on her own and before my youngest starts next year


    So far they are looking forward to going back to school which is good

  32. I’m looking forward to having a routine again!

  33. Kerry Kilmister

    My son was apprehensive about going back to school, but my oldest daughter was counting the days down.

  34. TEE simpson

    im looking forward to having routine back and my kid are excited to see their friends

  35. Rebecca Taylor

    My son is starting school this year, I will miss him loads but will enjoy the extra 45 mins in the morning I will have with him before work

  36. Sam Goodwin

    so so, he is excited to see his friends but i would have liked more time off with him!

  37. sam cook

    My daughter was very excited to see her new teacher and friends 🙂

  38. sam cook

    My daughter was very excited to see her new teacher and friends 🙂

  39. claire griffiths

    my son starts school and is looking forward to making new friends


    Youngest grandson starts school this time, hope he enjoys himself

  41. Gwen Maynard

    My Grandaughter is so happy to be going back to school because she lives to learn. She said that she has missed her lessons. She’s very excited to be in the Juniors now.

  42. Angela McDonald

    My nephew is starting his first ever year at school and I can’t wait to see how he gets on!

  43. yes, a bit, my daughter likes schooltime and she missed her friends

  44. Laura Pritchard

    My son went back today & I was thrilled – he needed the structure & routine again after 6 weeks!

  45. Kay Panayi

    My eldest child is starting secondary school

  46. Clare Hubbard

    Starting a routine and seeing how my son improves each week

  47. Susan Lloyd

    We are moving and staring a new school, so I’m looking forward to seeing my children making friends and settling in.

  48. Susan Lloyd

    We are moving and staring a new school, so I’m looking forward to seeing my children making friends and settling in.

  49. Ray Dodds

    Love to learn onward and upward for my granddaughter

  50. Ruth Harwood

    the kids are looking forward to seeing their friends every day, and I’m looking forward to a little peace before my operation!!

  51. Michaela Hannah

    I’m looking forward to my son starting reception because i feel he’s totally ready, and bored!

  52. kim neville

    My son loves learning at school and seeing his friends so all excited to be back. Nice to have a routine again

  53. Spencer Broadley

    For myself having time to myself again. Otherwise the hope is that my son will get back to reading more. He enjoys books but the holidays become just a long playtime!

    • Oh god, that sounds just like N! He really doesn’t like reading and writing although loves bedtime stories and books in general

  54. Peter Watson

    Have fun whatever.That’s how you learn best.

  55. Fiona Paley

    My niece loves to learn and has found nursery quite boring so she is really looking forward to doing more learning now she will be in the reception class.

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