Towards the very end of last term, right before we went on holiday to Majorca I found out that Sir wasn’t happy at school. It was a small incident at the sports day that made me suddenly sit up and realise that maybe all was not right with my little boy. I followed my hunch and made a phone call to the school a couple of days later. I spoke to his teacher and it seems I was right, he wasn’t happy and worse he hadn’t been happy for the whole school year…
And I hadn’t known. Massive Mummy Fail.
The main problem was that there wasn’t one discernible cause. It was lots of things. He’d been in a class of 8 kids with the same teacher for three years. Now he was in a class double that size, with a teacher he didn’t know and kids whose abilities were poles apart. Who all needed teaching in different ways.
There was a lot of building work going on at the school, as a result his favourite ‘bit’ of the classroom was being used for storage and he couldn’t go in there.
His teacher was off sick for a while, a teaching assistant left.
He had a massive growth spurt, he is now a pre teen… God help me.
And Sir did not like any of it.
Because he goes to school on the bus, I don’t get the ‘school gate’ like I do with Madam, because he couldn’t tell me and the school never thought to write anything in his diary I didn’t get to find out.
Fast Forward six weeks…
Sir is in a new class with six kids who all have similar abilities, there is one teacher – who he knows- and three teaching assistants. They will follow a more Sensory Curriculum, doing activities that help with day to day stuff like dressing, good behaviour and so on. Apparently they will also go horse riding!
Already this week he has had a foot spa and massage. Yesterday he had a party!
He has settled in well and is a lot happier. My little – well, not so little- boy is back to his old self.
However I am still keeping my eye on things. I have regular messages from his teacher in his school diary and I shall be watching his mood. I don’t intend to take my eye off the proverbial ball again.
But so far so good. Lets hope it stays that way.