Wuffy is fascinated with history, he has been for a long time. Last Easter we spent a week in Northumberland doing castles, this was his knights period. We did 5 castles in 6 days and he wasn’t bored I think he would have done more.  Then in July we spent a week on the West Coast of Scotland on the way home we decided to drive from Carlisle to Newcastle then travel down the A1 this was purely to avoid the dreaded M6.  We stopped at Housesteads Roman Fort on the way and ever since Wuffy has been fascinated with Romans.  To the extent that in phonics at school they had the sound “or” on the board the teacher put an f and t and asked what it said.  She then asked if the children knew what a fort was and got a 10 minute lecture from Wuffy 🙂  This Easter we have booked a week near Hadrian’s Wall for obvious reasons.

So tonight Wuffy came home from school with a letter he had no idea what it was but said he thought he was the only child in his class to be given one. It says that he has been identified as a child who is interested and well motivated by history and has been chosen to take part in additional history activities over a five week period. This includes a visit to Bradford Industrial Musuem and to Salts Mill. We have to return the form to say we allow him to travel there in either minibus or a teachers car so it would appear that only a few children have been selected.  He was chuffed to bits and very excited 🙂


First swimmer of the week, now star of the week. When Daddy picked Wuffy up from school last night he found a certificate in his bag which said that Wuffy was star of the week for week ended 9th October for “asking interesting questions” 🙂 He eventually wheedled out of him that he had been presented it in assembly 🙂

Not surprised about the reason as Wuffy is a boy of questions, so many questions it makes your head hurt but we always try to answer them. His latest discussions with his Daddy have been about the Punic Wars, he is totally obsessed with Romans at the moment and watches Roman DVD’s (meant for adults) all the time 🙂

I received my MSc result today. My dissertation was marked at 80% and I am now the proud owner of an MSc in Nutrition and Food Management awarded with distinction 🙂

They seem to be pumping up the pace at school. We have been told that Wuffy needs to have his reading book in his bag every day and that reading books get changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  That means we need to make sure he reads it to one of us every night of the week.  He also brought home a two page maths homework on Friday, we did it all but it took about 50 minutes which I think is a lot for a 5 year old. I feel a bit like I am back in school!!

This morning I had to take him to school at 8.30 as he has been selected to have extra support.  The leaflet we got said “extra support” and “acceleration programme” which seemd a little odd to me so I rang the school to ask why he had been selected and what they are planning on doing in these sessions.  The teacher rang me back and seemed astounded that someone had rung to ask about it, I got the impression that it’s not what parents normally do (I am very happy to not be a normal parent 😉 ).  In any case she said that Wuffy is a bright boy but needs his confidence boosting and that is the aim af the sessions. When I dropped him this morning he was the first to arrive so it will be interesting to find out what he did.

Wuffy says he likes his new teacher and class. We had been trying to prepare him for the chnage that he would face jumping to year 2 and I think we over did it. In reception class it’s all about play with short carpet sessions for the focussed learning. Whereas the year 2 class involves sitting at a designated table and I suspect more direct teaching, we had warned him about this several times because we knew it would be a big change. After his first day he said it wasn’t too bad he didn’t have to sit at the table all day (as he thought he might) but that they were able to get up and play :).  On Thursday he came home and said he had to read to his teacher and she was impressed with him!! He brought his reading book home on Friday so clearly they are geting straight into reading.  also on Friday he had a sticker on his top which said “Bon effort” he had had his first ever French lesson.  He said he really liked his new class 🙂

Well the dissertation was handed in almost two weeks ago. I thought I would feel relief when I handed it in but actually I just felt exhausted. Since then we have been camping for a week so I am even more exhausted.

Wuffy went back to school today. We are slightly worried about how he will get on as he is one of the children they have put into a year two class rather than a year one class. We were told that he would be bored in year one and needs to be challenged. I think he was a little worried about being with so many older children but there are about 7 year ones in the class so he isn’t alone.

I will post some holiday pictures when I get a chance. The MSc means I now have a years worth of tidying and cleaning to catch up on in the house!!

I started out so well and as term went on I seem to have crashed as far as the blog is concerned.  I always find that each term is like this, it starts full of enthusiasm, lots of ideas and energy and as the term goes on just getting to the end of each week is an acheivement.  Only a few more classes left and I get a two week Christmas break 🙂 Everyone at work right now is saying how tired they feel. It’s our department christmas night out tonight and I have a 9.15 class tomorrow 😦

I’m going to try a little catch up next week.  I was thinking that I might post a few sample lunch pictures, especially as if Wuffy had a lunch he liked he then asked for it the next 5 days so there are many that are the same.  We have had a few days recently of nothing at all being eaten, followed by a couple fo days when his box was emptied.  I am beginning to accept that I have no control all I can do is pack food and then feed him on a night. I think the tiredness is getting to him now though.

School and glasses seems to have done him the world of good.  His drawing has improved immeasurably and he actually wants to draw now which is something he has never wanted to do in his life before.  Also because they are doing phonics at school he is now reading words all over the place.  Wherever we are he wants to try to read signs and such 🙂 He had built up such a resistance to what you might call “school work” before he started school we now realise this was entirely due to his eyesight, but he loves school and seems to be learning at a pace he is happy with.

I managed to hit both handin dates for my MSc coursework 🙂 Just one exam in January, two more courseworks and a dissertation and I’ll be done. Although I have really enjoyed it it will be such a relief to finish.  Full time work, part time MSc,  small child and two lots of professional marking a year is really too much!!

I think I might have a catch up photo post as well, I still haven’t posted any birthday pictures.

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