Riley // Spring Term At School (Part 2)

The second half of spring term at school was a busy one for Riley and I can hardly believe that he is now over two-thirds of the way through his first school year.

The difference in him between the start of the school year and now is huge. He has come on leaps and bounds and doing things that I would never have dreamed possible back in September. I say it all the time but school has really brought out the best in Riley and he still absolutely loves every single aspect of it. He wakes every morning with a spring in his step, a smile on his face and an eagerness to get to school.

I had parents evening back at the beginning of March and was told by his teacher that he is very happy and settled at school. He is an explorer, always willing to give new things ago and will stick with an activity until it is done. She said that he likes to be creative and make different things – something I’m all too aware of given the growing collection of artwork and junk modelling I have at home – and that he likes to think outside the box. His teacher also told me that Riley is a very popular boy at school – with the girls and boys – and has a wonderful group of friends in class, as well as with children in older years.

The focus at school for the second half of spring term was on ‘Dinosaurs and Space’ and I was lucky enough to join Riley’s class as a parent helper on their trip to Maidstone Museum where we learnt lots about dinosaurs and fossils. We had such a lovely day and I was so impressed by how well behaved all the children were.

On the last day of term, I was invited into school to attend a special Mother’s Day assembly (along with all the other mums) and spend the morning with Riley doing arts and crafts. We made paper flowers, decorated picture frames, read stories and looked at his schoolwork and it was all just really rather lovely.

mothers day card

Before I left, he presented me with a Mother’s Day card that he’d drawn and written completely by himself and it brought a tear to my eye. You really can’t beat those handmade gifts from your kids and to then hear later that day that he’d been awarded star pupil at school because of that card made it all that more special.

Here’s a little overview of the second half of spring term at school:

  • His class found a dinosaur footprint in their role play area and they learnt how to measure it and compare it to the size of their own feet
  • He made a dinosaur skeleton picture using white straws and black paper
  • He learnt that a dinosaur fossil is made from bones, teeth and claws
  • He learnt that a dinosaur fossil forms when it has heat, pressure and time
  • He learnt that a carnivore eats meat, a herbivore eats plants and an omnivore eats meat and plants
  • His class celebrated book week and attended a drama workshop
  • His class have been reading George’s Marvellous Medicine and creating their own potion bottles
  • He has been exploring 3d shapes
  • He has been learning how to double numbers
  • His class attended a recycling assembly and learnt what to put in food waste bins
  • His class attended a road safety workshop and learnt about the 3 types of road crossings
  • He has been learning about why it is important to brush his teeth
  • He has been using Numicon to work out number bonds to 10 and beyond
  • He learnt a song about aliens and space
  • He has been learning about the solar system
  • He made a space picture and learnt the order of the planets
  • His class had a space party where they had to go on a space agility course and watch a clip of a real rocket taking off.
  • He made chocolate crispy cakes and wrote the recipe in a book
  • He went on an Easter egg hunt around school and had to find 10 eggs

And just like that, spring term was over. What did your kids get up to at school last term?



  1. Grandad Hover
    18 May, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    Well done Riley you have come on in leaps and bounds keep it up and you will catch nanny Pat and granddad Des up , jolly well done

    • 20 May, 2017 / 1:42 pm

      He’ll be catching you up in no time Grandad 😉 xxx

    • 20 May, 2017 / 1:43 pm

      It’s fascinating to watch how they behave and interact with their school friends/teachers isn’t it?! xx

  2. 20 May, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    It sounds like he’s doing amazing and progressing so well, you must be so proud of him! The Mother’s Day card he made for you is so adorable too x

    • 22 May, 2017 / 9:35 am

      Thanks lovely, i am incredibly proud of him – he’s come such a long way in the last 5 years xx

  3. 21 May, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Sounds like he’s been busy! My little Pip is in reception too – they were learning about the painter Constable and were going to visit the National Gallery to see some but sadly it had to be postponed because of the Westminster attack happening the day before 🙁

    • 22 May, 2017 / 9:36 am

      Oh no, that’s such a shame, i hope they get the opportunity to visit on another day instead!? xx

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