Tag Archives: school

History Boy

A young boy wearing a Tudor costume.

Dylan seems to enjoy every subject at school but there’s one that is his clear favourite at the moment. History. He can’t get enough of it. He’s forever telling me things I ought to have known about the past. His ability to retain facts is amazing. As I was the same until parental sleep deprivation kicked …

Mud kitchens: why?

Soldiers in army training. Or they could be in a school mud kitchen.

Education has changed greatly since I was at school. The curriculum is much more structured and my sons know a hell of a lot more than I did at both their ages. It’s not all progress though. There is something that has become ‘a thing’ in recent years that’s driving me round the bend. Mud kitchens. They …

The well of lost soles

A lion surrounded by stolen clothes.

I’ve always been fairly obsessive about taking care of my possessions and not losing them. As a result, recent events have been a test of my resolve. Both Dylan and Xander have started losing school uniform with alarming frequency. I should have seen it coming last year when Dylan temporarily lost his hat on the school …

The wait is over

A school boy giving a thumbs up on his first day.

It has been a long summer for Xander. He’s been looking forward to starting school for months but, thanks to the transition process, has had to be patient. Finally, though, the wait is over. He had his first day – well, half day – on Friday and seemed to enjoy it. The last couple of weeks …

Introducing Parent View

The Parent View home screen.

I come from a family of teachers – including one who became an Ofsted inspector – so I’ve always had an interest in education and, unsurprisingly, this has only increased now that I have one child at school and another starting in September. I was interested, then, to find out about an online questionnaire known …

To fee or not to fee

A dictionary with a pencil and writing pad.

We attended parent consultations for both Dylan and Xander this week and a common denominator was their impressive literacy skills. Proud face. They both love books and have vivid imaginations, so it’s not really surprising that they’ve been experimenting with language more of late. I find the influence of technology on their language particularly interesting. …

The big kick off

A game of table football about to kick off.

Today is something of a landmark day for me; it’s the proper beginning of my new life as a freelance copywriter. Dylan went back to school last week and Xander returned to pre school this morning so I’m finally able to fully concentrate on my work. It was always going to be a challenge to get much done working from …