Straight back into the swing of things and this week I have met with several prospective parents. One conversation that comes up quite often is the fact that many parents look around our site and wish they could return to the carefree days of childhood. This was also a topic when showing a visiting Head from a local primary school and, as I explained to them all, going up to Year 8 here without a senior school around means you can be a child for a little longer!
As it so stands, my week has included some suitably ‘childish’ moments. I had a lovely half hour in Year 2 on Wednesday where there was much excitement as the children took their first foray into the world of fractions. We then had a small break to run over a recital of The Gingerbread Man, whilst also considering punctuation, and then just as I had to go, Mrs Kittow was about to make sandwiches which were going to be cut into various fractions and eaten: poor diary management on my part!
At lunch today there was chat amongst Year 4 boys about various children’s TV programmes that they now consider beneath them! “Guess what? My brother could sing the whole of the Thomas the Tank Engine song!" There were giggles that they had once enjoyed ‘Tractor Ted’ and heaven forbid that there was any kudos to be had from any association with ‘3rd and Bird’, ‘The Koala Brothers’ or (one of my personal favourites) ’64 Zoo Lane’.
We may all be familiar with the verse from Corinthians that reads: “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” Well, I agree with Mr Sprague who, when this quote came up not that long ago, chipped in that “…and most regret doing so!”.
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