Yesterday my kids went to school to find that aliens had broken in, in the middle of the night, there was police tape everywhere, a special assembly held so they would be able to watch the footage and then look for clues etc.
The problem is - my 4 year od is autistic and I could not get him down last night at all, he was too frightened to sleep until midnight. Both my children were worried about aliens coming back into our own house - intrusive thoughts etc etc. They are both literal, sensitive and on the anxious side, but are not unusually jumpy or neurotic and I don't believe that they would have been the only scared kids.
AIBU to think that school should have thought about the impact on reception year kids, or on children with special needs? Would your kids have been unsettled by this? I just think that 4 and 5 is too young for this sort of exercise.
where was it posted, Greyhound? Think it's a part of an immersive learning strategy, It sounds like great fun doe older kids, but really, I don't think that it's appropriate for KS1 at all. There was at least one other child in my sons class who was very upset.
It raises concerns for me regarding their handling / understanding of my sons SEN
Our school did this and we live in the Middle East! My sensitive son was a bit upset about it, but not enough that I felt the need to raise it as an issue. However, I could see it being an issue for even more sensitive little ones.
I forgot to say I would be annoyed too and see it as a lack of understanding of his SEN needs. Maybe ask for a meeting with the class teacher and SENco and agree together how this kind of activity will be handled in future. Once it's written into his IEP, there should be less likelihood of it happening again.
5 is not too young! It sounds like great fun. But the school should have given you advance warning due to your child's SEN. My son's school had dinosaurs visiting a couple of weeks ago. Dinosaur footprints in the playground!
Aw, it’s hard when they take things literally. We didn’t have aliens breaking in but my Yr1 DS was convinced that they were REALLY going to Antarctica for a school trip and was devastated when it was just ‘pretend.’ He was also angry that the teachers had ‘fooled him’ as I had repeatedly tried to persuade him it wouldn’t be a real trip to no avail!