DD started school in January (Welsh system). She is just 4.
Every afternoon they watch telly - something like Lazy Town or Peppa Pig. I am not very happy about this. I am quite fierce about telly at home, and think that if they need some down-time, they should be read a story, or something. If they have to watch telly (which I don't really accept) then couldn't it be something educational, or in Welsh? It just seems like lazy teaching to me. AIBU?
The school haven't said anything about it yet, because I haven't asked them... I am saving myself for parents' evening next week. Or should I make a separate appointment? I am new to this school lark (DD is my oldest) and my inclination is to march in and start making speeches, though the (tiny) reasonable part of my brain realises this might not be the best approach...
It's not wet play though - it's a regular every afternoon thing...
I understand that they need down time but I don't see why they can't have a story. Or at least something that links to their 'theme' and activities more generally. I am extra grumpy about it because she is going to be in this 'year' for 18 months, and I think they don't really know what to do with them for all that time. In which case, why make them start so flaming early. Arg!
My son's Reception class does this as well. I'm considering complaining, as last week it was Spongebob, which I don't think is appropriate for a four year old. He is being investigated for spectrum disorder and he can get really, really upset by older children's shows that mention harm, fighting, being hurt or death. I'm not saying we shy away from those issues, but we teach him about them without using the bloody TV! We also try and watch Hollywood movies with him so he can ask us any questions, because some frighten him, but the school thought it OK to show him some movies anyway. Even a U movie can include themes of death I need to chat with him about first.
They have it at playtime, so, on a rainy day (why did I need to buy a raincoat and wellies again?) they watch it twice, but they also have it at snacktime.
I really dislike it. The school's got poor SATs results with a large proportion of children leaving in Year 6 unable to read. I don't send him to school to be plonked in front of CBeebies!
This school has excellent reports and reputation, which is why DH thinks there is a method in their madness. But I don't think there's any excuse, really. On the other hand, he is right that I only have DD's account of the situation to go on, so I will reserve judgement until they explain it at parents' evening.
I think some children could be sleeping - DD was a bit confused on this, I did ask her - but I still don't see why the others couldn't have a story.
Initially I thought that they could watch nature documentaries instead (DD loves them) but someone pointed out that animals are always either fighting, eating each other or having sex, so perhaps not...