So we have just come to the end of a very soggy first week to our summer holidays. We are planning to go camping at least a couple of times during the next six weeks so I really hope the weather dries up at least a little! But this post isn’t about the future, instead I wanted to reflect a little on the last school year before we get flung head first into the next.
This year LV has really shot up, he seemed to grow out of everything he owned over night and he hasn’t stopped since. I have a feeling he’s going to be tall and lanky like his dad!
He has come on so well in school. His writing, although still a little messy, is really starting to come on when he puts his mind to it. He scored in the higher end of the perfectly average box in his national reading and numeracy tests, what more can I ask? In September, he will be moving up to year 5. It’s quite scary to think that he has just two short years of primary school ahead of him before he heads off to the comp with his big sisters!
All he needs to do is learn to apply himself a little more and not get distracted so easily, but I have a feeling that’s a boy thing and hopefully something he will learn with time.
LM has just completed her first year in the comprehensive. We are so pleased with her progress, in her primary school she was having help with her Welsh and English but her teachers now can’t really understand why as she is great at both! Her school report was completely positive and it seems like she has made a great first impression on her teachers. We had her SEN review on the last day of school. She has an IEP due to her Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (the hypermobility type) which, among other things, has meant her classes are put on the lowest floor, and as close to each other as possible and although the school haven’t got it right 100% of the time, due to timetable logistics, she has coped much better than we could have hoped for. They have realised that she pushes herself much harder physically than she needs to (even if this means she’s in crumpled heap of tears by the time she gets home) and if she says she can’t do something she’s REALLY hurting!
E&Ff have just completed Key Stage 3 with flying colours. It has been an emotional angst filled year for the two of them for various reasons but hopefully the increased workload of their GCSEs will calm things down a little bit, especially as they have chosen subjects they really enjoy and don’t have to suffer through their least favourite ones any more.
They have really enjoyed playing rugby for the school, although being a girls team actual games have been few and far between. They recently started training with a local(ish) women’s team and they enjoy this even more as they get treated like adults, which is always nice for teenage girls!
They also joined the Army Cadet Force earlier this year and are enjoying it much more than I expected them to, a little discipline seems to have done them the world of good too (although I wouldn’t tell them that)!
I wonder what the next school year will bring us!