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Primary schools and dressing up days: WHEN DOES IT END?

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NearlyEverything Mon 11-Feb-13 20:59:39

OK, please talk to me about the benefits of endless farking dressing up days before I buy a tomato costume and hurl myself at the headteacher.

DS1 (Y5) has to go in as a piece of fruit or veg on Friday. Because it's UNICEF day hmm

DS2 (Y3) has to do some World Book Day nonsense, also on Friday.

Neither of them own any dressing-up clothes. They have jeans, tracksuits, and various dun-coloured tops.

Whywhywhy do schools do this so often? Does it have any actual educational/pastoral benefits at all?

All it seems to involve is me shelling out stupid sums for nonsense nylon rubbish from Amazon twice a term. The boys are just not bothered about the whole thing.

And no I'm not going to make something. I'm a single parent, I work f/t and I can no more sew an outfit than I can split an atom <cack-handed>

Is this stuff easier if you have girls?

Picturesinthefirelight Mon 11-Feb-13 21:31:19

Ds loves his. He didn't know they were available in this country yet so it was a huge surprise.

TheDoctrineOfSciAndNatureClub Mon 11-Feb-13 21:34:09

YY. I'm lazy and buy stuff on eBay. Not the cheap or quick option though.

dollybird Mon 11-Feb-13 21:35:47

I hate them too. In infants they used to have international day once a term and mostly I made a badge with the country's flag on it or wore a t-shirt in one of the flag colours. I have resorted to Amazon for the Victorian costume which DS has worn and DD will wear for both Tudor and Victorian day (look them up, they're the same bloody costume!!), so three for the price of one grin

I think dressing up for the theme days can be educational as they sometimes do acting the part and stuff (mine go to Manor Farm from the TV in their victorian costumes), but dressing as a bit of fruit or veg - wtf??

NearlyEverything Mon 11-Feb-13 21:38:12

haha at Tudor and Victorian being the same. Is that the brown trouser/white jerkin/red necktie combo in fetching, highly flammable bri-nylon? I've got one of those...

dollybird Mon 11-Feb-13 21:42:22

very similar to that. The knickerbocker things (DS NOT happy at me calling them that!) are actually see-through, so I had to advise to wear dark colour underwear! Am glad DD is a tomboy so is happy to wear it rather than have to buy some fancy dress

dollybird Mon 11-Feb-13 21:42:48

and by that I mean a dress which is fancy!

SmileAndPeopleSmileWithYou Mon 11-Feb-13 21:48:34

To answer the question about educational benefit... it depends what the school are doing. It doesn't sound like dressing as veg for UNICEF is educational apart from raising awareness etc. and that could be done in other ways.

If it is for a trip (my class go on a trip dressed as Victorian servants) then it can be VERY educational as it is about role play. Most children love this experience.

However, I do think it is unreasonable to expect parents to continually do this. We usually do a whole school dress up day for world book day each year. It is not compulsory and many children decorate tshirts with a book theme and come in those.
The Victorian outfit really does need to be worn to get the most out of the trip, but we offer help to parents. I have some costumes in my classroom to lend to children and parents from previous years have offered to loan or donate their child's costume after it has been used. We always provide for the children who do not have one for whatever reason and we would buy 30 if all the parents said they didn't have anything.
Schools should not expect it at all.

NearlyEverything Mon 11-Feb-13 21:56:43

Thank you Smile. Both DSs did very much enjoy Victorian shenanigans.

Mspontipine Mon 11-Feb-13 21:59:08

A load of purple or green balloons - be a bunch of grapes?

Fuzzymum1 Mon 11-Feb-13 21:59:31

Son1 had a non-uniform day when he was in sixth form. The rest of the school went in their own clothes but the sixth form had to do fancy dress as they wore their own clothes every day. They had a theme of things beginning with T - he went as a Turd - complete with cardboard sweetcorn and knitted flies on wires.

GsyPotatoPieEyed Mon 11-Feb-13 22:00:19

This thread is making me very thankful to DS' school. Rather than dress up they have Charity Crazy Socks Day. Pretty self-explanatory and a lot less hassle. grin

NearlyEverything Mon 11-Feb-13 22:01:40

Blimey mspontipine, that is genius

Shellington Mon 11-Feb-13 22:02:00

"go as a date"
love it.

NearlyEverything Mon 11-Feb-13 22:03:15

Ach, I dream of Charity Crazy Socks Day

NearlyEverything Mon 11-Feb-13 22:04:00

Although if it happens, you'll probably find me starting a thread saying 'we only have grey socks, black socks and blue socks' etc

MariusEarlobe Mon 11-Feb-13 22:08:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Dromedary Mon 11-Feb-13 22:11:59

We were told they could just be food coloured - purple and green we decided was an aubergine.

Book day - anything at all you can cadge will fit into a book somewhere.

But you're right - it's a real pain, constant excuse to demand money from parents. One time they did it 2 weeks running, complaining that parents hadn't given enough money to charity the first time round. And probably a throw back to the times when mums didn't work (our head still thinks mums don't have real jobs and told me off for not attending an in school day event once - I had to explain in words of one syllable that I was at work).


Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 11-Feb-13 22:12:14

Can you use the victorian outfit for DS2? Have they got to go as a literary character?

He could be Oliver - victorian costume plus empty bowl. Or if he won't carry a bowl make a sign to hang round his neck saying 'More'.

Or send him in slightly small clothes, buy a pair of toy glasses and he can be Harry Potter.
Slightly small clothes with a bar of chocolate in his back pocket - Charlie Bucket.

You will think of something smile

christinarossetti Mon 11-Feb-13 22:16:24

Matilda is just ordinary clothes carrying a copy of 'Great Expectations' isn't she?

OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 11-Feb-13 22:17:01

Even in year 7 it doesn't necessarily stop. Dd had 2 dressing up things.
And I have to be a Viking soon at work <sigh>

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Mon 11-Feb-13 22:19:55

My dd1 started senior school, phew you would think
But NO - book week and Tudor day

Picturesinthefirelight Mon 11-Feb-13 22:31:00

Lol at Matilda.

Dd's uniform is very very similar to the costumes on the West End. So much so I'm collecting old blazers to use in a dance show in The summer.

christinarossetti Tue 12-Feb-13 07:09:46

Why lol at Matilda? (Sorry for thread hijack, but it just crossed my mind whilst pondering how I'd dress the dc up as fruit or veg).

This is to be dd's minimalist effort for World Book Day - it's okay isn't it?

BooksandaCuppa Tue 12-Feb-13 07:17:15

Never had dress up days at ds primary. Non school uniform about once a year (usually children in need) and that was it. What a great school!

(I rather suspect his senior school do do World Book Day though...)

Suffolkgirl1 Tue 12-Feb-13 08:17:47

Do you have a plastic sand bucket and a toy dinosaur?

If so send in normal clothes with the above - Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs.

It doesn't improve - my year 8 has to go on Thursday as something beginning with V

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