There are a few changes going back to school this year, not only am I going back to college and Little 3 starting nursery but Little 1 is making the jump from Infant school to Junior school. At almost 8 years old she is entering year 3 and embarking on the next phase of her school journey.
Her primary school you see is separated into two parts, the Infant school and the Junior school, although they are on the same site and only a playground in between them they are however completely different schools run independently of each other.
Infants wear a maroon uniform and are a church school while the Juniors wear a purple uniform (imagine Cadbury's purple) and have no church ties at all, they are both outstanding schools but having been on the inside of both they are totally and utterly completely different in the way that they are run and do things, they do not do anything together either.
Being different schools Little 1 has only had a small chance to get to know her new school so far, going over to watch the Christmas show, a disco with last year's new children and an hour to meet her new teacher, not a lot of time at all.
Alongside that she has a brand new uniform, even the PE uniform is different, so all I was able to keep from last year was a few unstained tshirts and a couple of 'not too short yet' skirts, needless to say Little 2 now has enough maroon jumpers and red summer dresses to last an apocalypse thanks to hand me downs!
There are three classes in each year group so every year they mix the classes up in the move to Juniors for a fresh start. Little 1 was very worried about this as when she moved from pre-school to reception she was put in a separate class to her friends which caused a few tears until she made new ones. She was secretly hoping to get put in a class back with them (as despite three years in a different class they are still her best friends) but she wasn't, she wasn't disappointed this time however as a group of girls from her year 2 class all happen to be together in her year 3 class, phew. This group have all been lovely together in the past and all attend each others parties so she is happy, thank goodness. She still gets to see her besties at playtime and Brownies etc too.
A new book bag, PE kit and rucksack in hand and off she went this morning, a little apprehensive but not too nervous and with a look back at me into class she went.
There will be more homework this year, weekly maths and spelling comprehension sheets to complete as well as the usual reading and spellings but Little 1 thrives in school, she loves reading, writing and maths, excelled in her SATs this summer and is ready for a new challenge. I am sure she will be just fine.