Today was the second settling in session for Tom at School. He had his first one last week. An hour in the afternoon, with his future class mate, and parents, getting used to the new Reception Class environment. Last week Georgie came too (because Hubby was working and I had no one to leave him with). This week it was just me and Tom for an hour in the morning, and parents were encouraged NOT to stay in the classroom with the kids.
For me it was nice to go and have a coffee with the other mums I will be seeing on a near daily basis come September. For Tom it was a great opportunity to play freely in his future classroom and get to know some of the kids. He knows some of them already because they go to the same nursery, but his best friend will be going to a different school. I guess he's going to have to get used to playing with other kids, just like Jack did.
It's going to be a smaller class this September. Jack's year was fully subscribed at 30 kids, and almost all of them boys. Tom's year is looking to only have about 20 kids in the class with a reasonably equal split of girls and boys. Although, as I remember, it was a quieter year for babies when I had Tom (I got a whole maternity ward to myself!). It's got to be a good thing though, because there is the same amount of classroom space, same resources, and same number of staff available.
It's feeling more real now that I will have two kids in proper school in a few months time. I've even has his uniform arrive from the school - only got trousers and school shoes to buy before September! But I still ask myself "How have I got two kids of school age already???"
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