We are hurtling towards the end of the school term. Along with the school reports, discos and excitement of the impending long summer break comes the dreaded slip of paper telling you which class your child will be going into.
Charlie had his last Friday and I was really happy as his new teacher is a much admired and respected teacher. I text all my friends to see if their children are in there too which they all are. Brilliant I thought. Until I found out that a lot of his close friends are not going into the same class as him.
Now I’ll say from the off, Charlie is with his best friend and seems happy with this but I can’t help feeling a little uneasy. All his other friends who are going to a different class are ones he made back in nursery so they have spent nursery, reception and year one together as a big bunch. It’s going to be strange for us all as we have gotten used to the same faces and Charlie with his in jokes with various kids.
I thought back to my school life and from reception through to year 6 we all stayed together as one big class. Obviously the odd children joined and left as they do but as a whole the core group remained the same. I can’t help but feel after what was a somewhat jumbled year after their teacher went off on sick leave and they had various supply teachers that they needed a smooth transition but I wonder if they’re going to go back to the first day of reception. Where they all have to make new friends and get used to other children’s ways; I worry that he’s going to spent the first few months unsettled whereas with the old familiar faces he would have slotted back in and hit the ground running.
Has anyone else had experiences of this? I fear I’m overreacting but I’m a creature of habit and change throws me!!