School Days – lorries and forest school

looking up - school work

Another week of school under their wings, and soon to be rolling into half term.  This week held lots of interest for N – lots of new things and interesting additions. Spellings realisation This week I wasn’t expecting great things of N’s spelling test. The previous 2 weeks he’d got 10/10, but this week the words were a lot harder, eg Egypt, pyjamas, gymnast etc, there weren’t many similarities between them.  And he’d only done 2 practices of them all… Continue Reading “School Days – lorries and forest school”

School Days – harvest festival and VIP

conker collecting after school

After a week’s break (I didn’t have much to write last week, and it was a blogging conference weekend) we’re back for School Days. Space buggies craft The topic N’s class are doing has been around space this term.  They’ve done books, english and other subjects all aligned to this.  And this week he decided he needed to take in straws and guinness cans to make his space buggy.  I’m not sure what it’s going to end up like, but… Continue Reading “School Days – harvest festival and VIP”

School swimming lessons – how to prep your children

school swimming lessons preparations - Bubbablue and me

Swimming and water safety is now part of the National Curriculum. Yes, yet another thing that schools are now responsible for which seems a little unfair. But it does mean that all kids should be able to swim by the time they leave primary school, including those whose parents don’t get them lessons outside of school, or never take them swimming.  I think the level they need to reach is quite high – in my view you don’t need to… Continue Reading “School swimming lessons – how to prep your children”

Educational fun at Portsmouth historic dockyard

portsmouth historic dockyard - Bubbablue and me

Sometimes children get something in their head and there’s no backing down.  I often think N is a bit easy going and needs to assert himself a bit more with his peers, but he doesn’t have any problems asserting himself with me.  I just didn’t expect it in the middle of our visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. I’d planned a nice day out there (ok, there was rain too, so it wasn’t going to be that cheery).  I’ve been several… Continue Reading “Educational fun at Portsmouth historic dockyard”

School Days – adjectives and music lessons

Doing maths homework

I’m a day late with School Days this week – thanks to a busy weekend up in Manchester at Blog on Xmas conference. It was great fun although I have to admit my head is painful now due not drinking enough water, 2 late nights and a very hot building.  But here we are again. Alien adjectives Week N’s class have a theme for literacy, based around a book.  This week’s was Beegu, an alien story.  N’s homework this week… Continue Reading “School Days – adjectives and music lessons”

Working mums – how to cope at the school gate

coping at the school gates working mums - Bubbablue and me

When our kids start school, it’s not only daunting for the child.  It can be scary for the parents too.  How will they cope in the playground? What will the other mums be like? Will they end up standing on their own outside the cliques in the playground?  As a working mum where you may not even get to do normal drop offs or pick-ups, the feelings can be more extreme . It’s even harder to speak to the teacher… Continue Reading “Working mums – how to cope at the school gate”

School Days – swimming and story writing

watching tv

Week 2 of the school term is done and things are still going pretty well.  Ok, so it’s still hard to get N to do his reading (we now have a sheep deal, but he already missed one day!), but the last bit of reading he did with me was so much better and back to how he was reading in the summer. So I’m pleased with that. Swimming N has never been a fan of swimming lessons and he… Continue Reading “School Days – swimming and story writing”

School days – beginning of year 2

Leaving for the first day of year 2

The first week of term is complete and it’s been a good one here so far. Hopefully your children have had a good week too, and those new to school are enjoying it and settling in well.  This is the first School Days linky back after the summer so if you’ve got any school themed posts, then do come and link up. Here’s what the first week had here: N’s now in year 2, so new classroom, back in with… Continue Reading “School days – beginning of year 2”

Back to school and into Year 2

first day back to school in year 2

Well, the summer’s over…in months and weather. And it’s back to school for N and into Year 2. After a year of playing and not really being interested in reading and writing in reception. After a year of good progression to where he should be in Year 1. After a summer of doing absolutely nothing in terms of reading or writing. Oh I lie, he wrote half a postcard before giving up. And read a way too easy reference book… Continue Reading “Back to school and into Year 2”

The end of Year 1 / hopes for Year 2

first and last day of year 1

As with N’s reception year, Year 1 has whizzed by.  It’s been a good year for him, and after spending the majority of reception playing, this year he’s got to where he should be for his year group. It just goes to prove that things have to click for them. And eventually it will for pretty much all children. Class structure adjustment N’s year was a little strange in some ways.  In his school, Year 1 children are the only… Continue Reading “The end of Year 1 / hopes for Year 2”