It’s Transition Day for my babies today – the day they get to go and meet their new teachers and spend a full day in their new classroom ready for September. I always loved Transition Day when I was teaching full time, the kids were always so excited and it’s such a nice way to start to get to know them ahead of the new school year. I used to get them to do some writing about who they were and what they wanted to be when they grew up so I could give it back to them at the end of our year together and they could see how much they’d changed – how their handwriting had developed or how their ideas differed. This was especially effective when I was teaching Year 2 as they really do progress so much at that age.
Today Chloe woke up so excited for her day in Year 2 and it made my stomach flip – I can’t quite get my head around her being in Year 2. Year 2 has been my favourite age to teach for a long time and, much as you’re not meant to have favourites, I think my favourite class ever was the Year 2 class I had when I was pregnant with Ben. It just seems crazy to me that this is Chloe’s last year in the Infants and that she will be facing her SATs next summer (although I live in hope that they will have scraped them by then!) She has come on so much this year – her reading and handwriting in particular – and I know she’s more than ready for what Year 2 has to throw at her.
Ben will be visiting his Year 4 class today, again something I struggle to get my head around. My very first class as an NQT was a small Year 4 class – I always remember Year 4 as being a tough year in many ways, it seems to be when the bitching starts. I look at the things I teach in Year 4 classes now on supply and wonder if I would expect Ben to be able to do them! He’s just a baby I’m sure? Year 4 seems very grown up, and really not that far away from starting to think about secondary school!
Ben and Chloe’s school is a 1.5 form entry school which means that each year their class is split slightly differently and being some of the youngest children in their year this always affects them. At the moment Ben is in a straight Year 3 class with the youngest 30 Year 3s. Next year he will be in a mixed Year 3 /4 class with the twenty youngest Year 4 pupils and the ten oldest Year 3s. For Chloe, this means she will move from a mixed Reception / Year 1 class to a mixed Year 1 / 2 class and will be one of the oldest in her class for a change. I’m never quite sure how I feel about this – I can’t decide if it’s a good thing to keep mixing them up or if it’s really unsettling for them to have to keep changing their friendship groups each year. For Chloe it also means she will miss out on lots of the trips and events that seem to happen in Year 2 – I don’t know why they only take the top class rather than all the Year 2s and I must admit it infuriates me. However, it does mean that, as a July baby, she will be with children who are closer to her own age – the top end of the Year 1 class will be nearer in age to her than the top end of the Year 2 class if that makes sense? Either way, there’s nothing to be done about it so I guess it’s better to concentrate on the positives of the situation!
Amy will be starting Nursery five mornings a week in September and has been super excited about her first visit to school today. She hasn’t stopped talking about her new teachers and being at her new school, unfortunately she’s missing it as she’s still really poorly. I rang school yesterday to let them know and they said she can pop in for a visit at another time which I thought was really lovely and has softened the blow for her somewhat. Especially as it means that when she visits, Erin will be there to show her round!
I hope when the big two get home from school today that they are all full of excitement for the new school year and that they’ve both made a good first impressions on their new teachers! I reminded them this morning about making sure they worked really hard to impress their new teachers but was quickly reprimanded by Chloe who informed me “You don’t need to tell me that!” and I’m sure she’s probably right!