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We’re reaching the last few weeks of Year 1. While Reception felt like the longest school year ever, Year 1 has flown by. I’m actually really surprised how quickly it has passed. This time next year brings a new challenge – exactly where will our lives be?

There are so many decisions to make, ones that don’t need making just yet but will do at some point.

From September we have to apply for H’s Junior school. It isn’t an automatic transfer there any more since it became an Academy – and so we go through all the stress again. It’s almost certain she’ll get in, and she’ll be kept with her classmates so I’m not too worried – but having to go through the stress of applying then waiting again is something I could do without because you never know, something might go wrong.

What has Year 1 brought? It’s kind of funny – in our first year our class felt like we were all a group of mums together, whereas Year 1, we’ve kind of broken into groups; a bit like our children have! It’s kind of strange, and I’m not the only one to see it – there has been quite a shift. I know a few mums outside of school and have made some good friends too – the kind of mums you can rely on for emergency childcare and playdates after school, and our kids all get on well too – and that’s all that really matters.

H is doing well – she actually hit a lot of her Year 1 end of year targets by the end of the first term, in maths and english, which we’re delighted about. At our last parents evening (in February) she only had one more subject to get to the required level, so I knew she was keeping up fine. I have to say, I hate that you have these levels to achieve, but she isn’t stressed about it and enjoys learning, so it has been a handy guide for us to help her get there too.

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Reading-wise, she still isn’t a free reader, though has been at home for over a year. Every week she reads her Annie paperback – it averages about three complete reads in that time. She’s still on Lime, though I’m encouraging her to talk to her teacher and ask what she needs to do, as I can see she’s ready, and I’m thinking that if she asks her teacher then we’ll know what needs working on. She isn’t frustrated by it, though I know we’ll eventually run out of books!

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She claims she can’t do maths, then will solve a random more complicated sum than they’ve been working on, which always surprises me.

Sports-wise, she’s definitely coming on really well. We’re back doing football every weekend, and she’s enjoying running around for an hour and a quarter which helps with her fitness. School are doing more balance related things and I’ve noticed she seems less clumsy, though I’m wondering how much will be to do with her glasses. Swimming, she just got her Stage 3 after two terms in her new class – and in less than a year of getting her Stage 2. Everything seems completely on track, and she’s happy and confident.

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I’ve noticed she colours things in better using pencils than crayons or felt tips. She really takes her time about it. We were sent a colouring book a while back which we need to have a sit down and colour on as it was nice and relaxing.

At Rainbows she’s really loving being around a different circle of girls – and I find them all funny too. Five and six year olds are weird though. I say that having once been one myself.

I can see her confidence really coming out on a daily basis, from cycling, balancing, speaking out loud in front of people (like her assembly), and so many other things. She’s still a couple of months off turning six, but as the youngest in her year at school she’s done us really proud.