The new school year has started for most people, and N’s done his first week back going into Year 1. He had a really good reception year, the main achievement being that he enjoyed it. When asked N does say he doesn’t like school, but then he tells me he has a good day each day.
Thankfully the new school year has started brilliantly. We’re back in the routine quickly, and N’s settled back into school. I’m still working on getting him chatty again with our post story, pre-sleep chats.
Here’s how the first week went.
Being Year 1
At N’s school the year 1s are split up initially depending on them being ready to move up or needing a little more support in 1 or more areas before moving up. So this year there are 6 boys staying in Class 1 with the new reception children, while the rest go in with year 2. N sees this as a bonus a) because he likes his old teacher and TA, but also b) because Class 1 have a playground and outdoor learning area. The year 1s in his class go and do some work up in Class 2 (usually afternoons), so N’s getting used to that.
It made me laugh when he told me that the year 1s had been sitting down to do some maths (‘I’m good at maths’), but some of the younger ones came to sit down as well.
‘But we’re the ones doing the writing. Foundation stage just play all day’. Ha ha, that was him last year. I love how all of a sudden he knows that it’s the serious work that makes them different.
N’s started being scared of a lot of things recently, castles being the main one. But he did tell me on Monday evening that it was a bit scary on the first day back. I’d never have known and he followed it up with ‘but that’s ok because it’s always scary on the first day.
The reason he’s in the lower year 1 class is because he needs to do more writing and increase his confidence with it. He’s said he’s a little worried about doing writing when they go up to Class 2 in case it’s too hard for him. I explained how it takes practice improve and that the teachers will help him to improve. I also explained that everyone finds things hard, telling him that most of the time at work I felt like after 3 years I still don’t know what I’m doing. He was surprised – he obviously thinks adults know and can do everything. Hopefully now he’ll understand that we all have to work to improve and find things easier.
Going up to work in Class 2 doesn’t seem to have put him off too much. He told me they had to write down what they were good at. I thought he’d have put farming or cycling, but he wrote maths.
Talking to the head
Going to the head is never a nice thing. It always feels like you’ve done something wrong. The first day of the year I had to see her to discuss something I was a little uncomfortable with. She was pleased I’d spoken to her, so hopefully it’s all cleared up and I can go back to not worrying about anything with school. Well, apart from when the next dressing up day is! Or where N’s jumpers have gone to.
Lost and found
Yes, we’re only a week into the school year and already N has lost a jumper. At least I think he has. On Monday he came home without his (only new) jumper. The next 2 days he didn’t go in with one. But by the end of the week only 1 had come home.
So I’ve been rooting through the lost property box in their corridor. And I’ve found an old handmedown jumper of his from last year. I didn’t even know we’d lost one. Oops. It’s a bit small, and old design jumpers, so it’ll be recycled.
I need to do a jumper count at home and check how many we’ve got. Hopefully I’ve just mis-counted and the extra jumper is at home.
On the upside, N’s has remembered every day to wear his outdoor shoes home. Whoop! Hopefully his school shoes will last until he grows out of them, and not be destroyed from him scuffing them.
This year N wanted to try out multiskills sports club after school but it’s not on. So he’s back doing tennis club instead. Hopefully it’ll be more successful than the first lesson at the local tennis club.
First week back at school and N’s been VIP twice. He does love being VIP, and has finally grasped that its V-IP and not just an IP which is what he called it last year. The second one he was really proud of because his cousin was VIP on the same day. They were obviously taking over the VIP lunch table that day.
Over the summer, I suggested to N he do a holiday scrapbook, mainly to encourage him to do some writing. Needless to say it was a slog getting him to write anything, but he did labels on several pages. He took it into school to show his teacher, who told me they’d spent quite a long time going through it with N telling him all about it. I’m so pleased that N was proud of it in the end. And it’s a great memory for him to look over in years to come.