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to be annoyed that ds's teacher told him a spider is an insect?

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pofacedandproud Tue 13-Oct-09 16:16:52

Ok ds is in reception, but still. I have always told him a spider is not an insect but an arachnid, insects have 6 legs, etc, but today he came home and said 'Mrs X told me that I could bring a spider to school as the letter this week is I for insect'

I asked him if she really suggested a spider for 'I'. And he was very sure she had. So I told him again a spider was an arachnid. I know it is a small thing but it does annoy me, her telling them that. Yes I know she does an amazing job with 30 children, and she is great, but still.

itsmeolord Tue 13-Oct-09 16:18:05

I think you may need to relax a little. smile

pofacedandproud Tue 13-Oct-09 16:19:00

what next? A blue whale is a big fish? grin

fiercebadrabbit Tue 13-Oct-09 16:20:25

Is this a wind up grin

itsmeolord Tue 13-Oct-09 16:20:42

shock I would speak to the LEA if she did that and have her sacked! Bloody standards slipping and all that! grin

Will she be asking him to bring a tomato is when they learn V is for Vegetable as well?

GibbonWithAnAppleBobbingBibOn Tue 13-Oct-09 16:20:57

Is this a wind up re another thread?

itsmeolord Tue 13-Oct-09 16:21:10

in not is.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Tue 13-Oct-09 16:22:20

I don't see why it has to be a wind-up; a spider is not an insect and small children should not be told they are.

*stands robustly behind pofaced*

pofacedandproud Tue 13-Oct-09 16:22:27

No it isn't gibbon blush

Tomato as a vegetable fine. But a spider is not an insect. It annoys me. She is a teacher.

TheHeadlessWombat Tue 13-Oct-09 16:24:18

But tomatoes aren't really vegetables so why are you ok with that?

FlamingoBingo Tue 13-Oct-09 16:24:29

YANBU, but I don't think there's anything you can do about it except make sure your DS knows properly what's what!

stillstanding Tue 13-Oct-09 16:24:39

But a tomato is a fruit. Why is it fine to call it a vegetable?

texasghouldem Tue 13-Oct-09 16:25:22

surely you have other things to do than get annoyed about something like that hmm

andagain Tue 13-Oct-09 16:26:00

Sorry to ask but why is it ok then for tomato to be a vegetable (which it is not, it's a fruit) and spider not to be an insect?

itsmeolord Tue 13-Oct-09 16:26:09

Tomatoes are fruit! You have Annoyed me now, am leaving thread.
Fecking charlatan. angry

DiamondHead Tue 13-Oct-09 16:26:47

Have they done a week yet when they bring in something beginning with 'a'.

If not, tell your ds to take the spider in then and to tell his teacher it's an arachnid. That way everybody can learn something.

It's reception not GCSE course work

Take a chill pill

itsmeolord Tue 13-Oct-09 16:26:59

<is secretly pleased I have turned the thread into one about tomatoes not spiders grin>

ChopsTheDuck Tue 13-Oct-09 16:27:23

lol! maybe you should get him to tell the teacher that a spider is an arachnid.

I don't think my 4yos could say arachnid!

I hate the term mini beasts. Where on earth did that one come from?

Hulababy Tue 13-Oct-09 16:28:13

Actually I do remind the children in my y1 claas that spiders are not insects. They also know that tomatoes are fruit as we discuss this at snack time when we get them sometimes.

DiamondHead Tue 13-Oct-09 16:28:23

I think a tomato can be a vegetable.

In the scientific sense it is most definitely a fruit but in cooking, main course = vegetable and pudding = fruit.

Maybe your son should take a photo of his teacher in with

'I is for Ignoramus'

written on it?

hmm grin

GibbonWithAnAppleBobbingBibOn Tue 13-Oct-09 16:29:49

Agree you have to go the whole hog grin

If a spider is not an insect then a tomato cannot be a vegetable.

OrmIrian Tue 13-Oct-09 16:29:57

Agree with po-faced. DS#2 would have put here straight.

Hulababy Tue 13-Oct-09 16:30:04

The term mini beasts is used to cover the whole range of insects, bugs, spiders. Butterflies, bees and wasps, and even sometimes frogs and toads.
What other term can you use to cover them all easily?

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