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Teachers, do you make your classes write about "what they did in the holidays"

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Takver Thu 25-Aug-11 16:54:51

on the first day of term? DD says she hates going back to school, because they invariably have to do this on the first day back. I remember hating the same task when I was at primary school.

Admittedly dd hates writing in all forms, so maybe other children don't mind doing it? But is it the normal thing to have to do? And if so, why?

mrz Thu 25-Aug-11 16:58:28

Nooooooooooooooo! biscuit

TheFlyingOnion Thu 25-Aug-11 17:00:26

Fairly normal I think although I don't always do it, it really depends what is planned...

Why do you ask why? Its nice to see what the children have been up to in the holidays! It is also a "recount", which is part of the syllabus...

Takver Thu 25-Aug-11 17:00:50


I think dd needs the biscuit, not me! I did suggest she could make up something really improbable & see what the teacher says [bad mother emoticon] . . .

Takver Thu 25-Aug-11 17:02:57

FlyingOnion - I guess its the predictability of it - also perhaps the impossibility of explaining in the time period set all the things you did over a six week holiday?

upahill Thu 25-Aug-11 17:03:32

I'm not a teacher but DS's books came home at the end of term.
I read his writing book which obviously started last September and it was a clear dsscription of what he got up to on his holidays.
So clearly some teachers still ask the question!!

spudmasher Thu 25-Aug-11 17:04:21

I have in the past asked the children to write about what they didn't do.....use their imaginations and write some crazy improbable an initial ice breaker with a new class and to take them by surprise.

PorkChopSter Thu 25-Aug-11 17:05:10

<makes note to pack some fun & memorable activities in next week>

Takver Thu 25-Aug-11 17:06:24

Actually, PorkChop, to make dd happy you could just set solid maths questions for a week . . .

mrz Thu 25-Aug-11 17:06:34

I give my class the chance to tell everyone the best thing they did on holiday if they want to but we never ever write about it.

mrz Thu 25-Aug-11 17:07:46

Was your DD in my class last year Takver because that was always their favourite choice.

Takver Thu 25-Aug-11 17:08:58

Not unless you live in Wales, Mrz!

pinkgirlythoughts Thu 25-Aug-11 17:45:07

Our head of year (also school literacy coordinator) insists on it as a way of comparing ability range across the year group. I don't really see the point of it, to be honest, as after six weeks of doing fun stuff, most of them in year 2 can't really remember any specifics, and just write something like "I went swimming and watched telly." hmm

Feenie Thu 25-Aug-11 17:45:27

God no, how boring!

MrsDaffodill Thu 25-Aug-11 17:48:28

My son hates this task. In Year One he wrote "I had a shower". Hhhm.... one in six weeks... she must have wondered about our hygiene standards.

Takver Thu 25-Aug-11 19:01:11

I like "I had a shower" grin

ASByatt Fri 26-Aug-11 09:52:08

Hmm, interesting - we've had quite an active summer, and at various points my DC have commented about howthey're looking forward to writing about it when back at school so that their teachers will know what they've been up to - quite pleased tbh to hear this from my can-read-anything-but-struggles-to-hold-a-pencil-and-doesn't-see-the-point-of-writing-anyway DS (was 6 last week). Of course, if they are asked to do this, he will forget all the exciting stuff and write 'I had a cheeeeeesey wottsit' as the main feature of his 6 weeks away from school........

But as a teacher, I did not set this as a task.

AbigailS Fri 26-Aug-11 10:08:05

I remember the days when I was on teaching practice when the whole school wrote their weekend news every Monday morning. Thank goodness that has changed.

mrz Fri 26-Aug-11 12:43:03

My predecessor (a fairly recently qualified young man) did news every Monday

UsingMainlySpoons Fri 26-Aug-11 12:48:50

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Katisha Fri 26-Aug-11 12:58:25

I dread eventually seeing the "news", which goes along the lines of "Mummy and Daddy had an argument. And they went to the dump."

UsingMainlySpoons Fri 26-Aug-11 13:11:22

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mrz Fri 26-Aug-11 13:29:41

I've had My dad has a big willy shock

TarquinGyrfalcon Fri 26-Aug-11 13:31:56

I never do it but a colleague gets her class to write news at least once a fortnight.

JemimaMuddledUp Fri 26-Aug-11 13:34:44

My DC have to write "news" on a Monday morning.

I'm sure the teachers just do it to be nosey. DS2's teacher (Yr1&2) delighted in telling me what little gems he has come up with this week!

I'm hoping they don't do it when they go back in September though as one little boy's dad died suddenly at the start of the holidays and I think it would be a hard task for him sad

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