The Ending Of The First School Year!

I simply can’t believe that this time last year I was writing about Florence finishing nursery about to embark upon her big school journey and suddenly here we are at the end of her reception year. Where does the time go?

My little girl has done a whole year of big school and come out the other side just as wonderful as she always was but with bundles more knowledge. Her school have worked wonders with her and from those first few weeks where a friendship circle made her not want to go, breaking my heart every time I took her in, she has found her feet and is confident at everything she does.

She can read and write. Not just a little bit but amazingly. She reads Roald Dhal books to herself in the evenings after story time where we read to her and she doesn’t falter on what seems like ANY words. She’s way beyond phonics and just spells correctly now while her writing is just as good! When it comes to maths she is doing partitioning and Venn diagrams – seriously, this school is absolutely amazing but then again, so is Florence!

On her first day last September!
On her first day last September!

I am so proud of her and today, on the last day of term I am reflecting on a brilliant year, not just for her but for all of us really!

And today, before going in for her last day of her reception year!
And today, before going in for her last day of her reception year!

As well as excelling at school she has passed her first ever exam with absolutely flying colours! She took Primary Tap and got a Distinction which is the absolute best mark she could have got and she hardly dropped a point! Her dancing teachers are very pleased with her as she is one of the youngest to have taken it!

Ballet
This is Florence ready and waiting to go into her exam!

And she’s not the only one to pass an exam – I FINALLY passed my driving test last week and on my fifth month of learning and on my FIFTH test (the shame) I am now the proud owner of a full UK driving license! Phew! And she’s not the only one to have had a good time at school because her little brother Jimmy has started nursery and is loving it too! What with all of that AND Jonny starting a new job and being away all week it’s all been go for us!

They both had amazing reports from school at parents evening too. I couldn't be prouder of my two little babies!
They both had amazing reports from school at parents evening too. I couldn’t be prouder of my two little babies!
They are really great pals at the moment and the other night when Florence invited Jimmy into her bed for a sleep-over and read hi a bed time story I couldn't resist taking this snap of them!
They are really great pals at the moment and the other night when Florence invited Jimmy into her bed for a sleep-over and read him a bed time story, I couldn’t resist taking this snap of them!

Jimmy Sports Day 1

Jimmy enjoying sports day recently at the nursery attached to Florence's school!
Jimmy enjoying sports day recently at the nursery attached to Florence’s school!
Florence playing a goat in her school Christmas play!
Florence playing a goat in her school Christmas play!
Chinese New Year Assembly!
Chinese New Year Assembly!
Florence on her sports day!
Florence on her sports day!
My two little schoolers!
My two little schoolers!

It’s been a fab year and even though I’ve clashed with the head at her school this week over uniform, I still couldn’t be happier that my children are at this particular school. Florence’s teachers, the ones who have looked after her and nurtured her this year have been beyond amazing. Mr Foxy in the beginning and then for the majority, Miss Pretty and Miss Blondie (both of whom Florence adores) have exceeded all my expectations. Florence’s end of year report talks about how she is motivated, highly involved, considers in ways beyond her years and many more lovely things. The loveliest of which tell me how sweet and kind she is while she enjoys helping others… I wrote on my Facebook page in a jokey way about how she clearly ISN’T a chip off the old block. She’s far brighter, far kinder and far more beautiful inside and out than I ever have been or ever could be and I’m the proudest Mummy on the planet after reading that today. In fact, after parents evening the other day which fell on my 36th birthday, I have felt super proud of both my little beauts!

And hey, schools out and now it’s the holidays so… Whoop, whoop! Here’s to lots of fun, camping, beach days, holidays, family time, laughs with friends and doing absolutely nothing at all should it take our fancy!

Me and my gal on her first and last days of her reception year!
Me and my gal on her first and last days of her reception year!

Happy summer holidays!