Crow or Weep. School report stories here please.(111 Posts)
I received my first ever DCs school report today. It's all really positive - she has lots of friends, cares for others, creative, confident, enthusiastic etc. It's such a relief to know that everything is going well.
In terms of those Early Learning Goals bar chart things she's nearly all number 8s, with a 9, a couple of 7s and a 4 for writing. All sounds fine to me. (and if it's not, keep it to yourself ).
<goes off to admire the 'examples of work' that were sent home with report>
It's interesting that the first things you mention on your dc's report are social, not academic.
Another mum at school today asked me how my eldest has got on in her first year at high school, and said her own child has "made lots of nice friends".
Dd1's report said she was above what was expected for a year 1 pupil in quite a few subjects. I was so proud/pleased I showed her.
Imagine how I felt tonight when she told me she'd spent the morning in her class for next year and she told the teacher she shouldn't be there but skip straight to year 3
Well I wasn't going to, but since you ask:
"It has been a real pleasure to teach Frogs' ds. He has a positive and happy nature. I have enjoyed his cheerful, kind and fun personality, as have his peers. He produces work with enthusiasm, individuality and careful consideration, and he appears to enjoy all aspects of school, demonstrating an successful approach to study in all subject areas. He is to be congratulated on the excellent progress he has made. I wish the best for his continued success and achievement. Well done, Frogs' ds!".
Can I just point out that ds is rather overshadowed by his older sister's achievements, and is not a huge high-flyer. He has also been mildly bullied by a particularly dominant boy in his class, which the school have dealt with well but can't eliminate completely, as it's a one-form entry school.
"DD has satisfactory gymnastic & dance skills" - so why am I paying for 4 private lessons so she can compete nationally??
Under Geography (yr 2) we had:
"Barnaby bear has also been to Wales with Year 5, where he experienced hillwalking, and went to France on the ferry..."
lucky Barnaby Bear!
DD's report is glowing (she's a big fan of school) but I was especially pleased with "shows particular talent in dance" and the fact that yr 1 teachers will miss her happy smile.
DS1 has made huge progress this year, esp in literacy (biiiiig cheer for my unwilling reader)
DS2 (nursery school leaver) - report made me cry (surprise!) esp the raves about his lovely creativity and "DS2 will be an asset to any classroom" <blub emoticon>
Sorry to boast but I am really pleased with all of them.
Elasticwoman - social development is her strong point, perhaps that's why I focus on it? Also, she's in Reception and I didn't want too much academic study so early. I turned down a place at a school in the top 5% for SAT results because they're expectations of 4/5yo would have made my un-academic DD1 very miserable. This year I wanted her to achieve confidence, enjoy herself, make friends, learn school routine and speak out when necessary. The fact that she's made more academic progress than I expected is a bonus.
Congratulations to everyone else.
How old is your dancing DD, Katymac?
Clary - surmise that you will have a Year 2, Year 1 and Reception in September? That's a lot of homework for you
at Katymac. But does she enjoy her dancing?
Oh god yes
Between that & her sailing - I hardly see her (it's fantastic - apart from going to Romford this week end in order to watch her)
DS1 - crow.... doing very well and better than expected
DD1 - crow.... doing very well, settled well, good mix of friends, a pleasure to teach
DD2 - crow.... meeting most of her targets/objectives, friendly, loving, a joy to have in the classroom
If the DTs playgroup gave out reports I would imagine I'd then write
DT1 - weep.... bosses all the children around, throws major wobbly because she didn't get exactly the same amount of raisins as child to her left
DT2 - weep... DT2 has a tendency to pour water over everything, empty boxes and strip nekkid. Loving child.
DS1 has excellent rhythm and pitch.
DS1 doesn't enjoy PE
Granny thinks we should query whether they have the right child.
Cat64 - Mine aren't at secondary yet - one more year to go - but I will definitely be praising effort over attainment to them when they do. They all know I am prouder of them for the things they found hard to achieve than for the things that came easily. On the other hand, it is great when they do particularly well in something too.
Can I add a weepy kind of a crow and report that Babybel1 has 'excellent conversation skills' [subtext: and boy does she know how to use them ]
Cat - pleased with natural ability and encourage more effort? That's my PC answer, if my own DCs can't be bothered I usually yell at them. They then draw pictures to this effect to show their teachers - so I look like this but in this colour
Katymac - ah yes, you have the spoilt brat no? The one who's PILs are buying her this If she excelled at dancing as well as sailing, she'd have no friends
Mars - you need the DTs for balance. I think they sound fab!
Babybel2 is 'extremely sensible and well-behaved'. <<Ellbell faints dead away>> (Do you think they sent me the report for the wrong child?)
DD1's (7) self-assessment on her report this year:
Areas in which you think you've done well?
We are neither crowing, nor weeping, just giggling.
DS (yr 1) - " 'DS' is very much an independent writer, quite fearless in his attitude to spelling, which is mostly phonetic and 'DS' phonetics!"
The rest of his report is pretty much along the same lines !
I had DD2's parent teacher meeting tonight - DD2 apparently has an excellent memory and a strong sense of fairness - ie she never fails to let the teacher know when she has forgotten to do something she promised - 'but you SAID you would read us a story today miss and you haven't - it's not FAIR!'
Strangely enough, this did not come as a complete surprise to me.
Well I have a sort of puzzled crow.
DS (7) is clever. I have always known that. But he is as lazy as only a boy can be and his mind is almost purely mathematical.
Last year I outed him. His teacher was letting him coast and I told her that he had carefully explained to me that he took an incredible amount of time because if he finished his work promptly they would only give him more. "D'oh, why would anyone rush to finish their work?"
His teacher thought I was deluded. She tried him on some maths extension work. It was candy. She gave him more and more extension work. He lapped it up. So the big discovery of last year's school report (for the school) was that he was clever as clever could be. Why I had to tell them, I do not know. I think they should have been able to work that one out unassisted.
But I worry about his reading. Apart from his reading scheme he doesn't read (see d'oh comment above). Not a bit. Was so worried about him. Went into school to see teacher. Tried to tempt him with lots of stuff. All to no avail. I can count the books he has read on the fingers of one hand. He stumbles as he reads. He is not a natural.
Then they tell me that his reading age is over three years ahead of his chronological age.
So are they batty? Or not?
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