The First Half Term at School

That’s it. LP’s very first half term at school is done and dusted. She started in September as a very little just turned four year old and in the last 7 weeks she has learnt a new routine, she has made new friends and she has made us so proud.

Gone is the little girl who didn’t know any letters and here is a little girl that tells us letters and the sounds they make. Here is a little girl that eats lunch each day with her friends at school and tries new foods most days – not sticking to the jacket potato or pasta option like we thought but eating lots of vegetarian dishes, quorn and meat things too.

LP has got used to PE on a Wednesday, can almost get herself dressed and undressed – both for PE and before and after school – and still goes to swimming after school on a Thursday, although this is exhausting for her.

The last 7 weeks have been busy. Hectic even. Each day is a rush of school drop offs, plans and days out, running errands, doing housework and getting things done before we go and pick LP up again at 2:55pm – where she is so happy to see us, asks for a banana as a snack and spends the rest of the day until bed telling us everything she learnt, everything that happened at school and anything else that she thinks of.

I am ready for this half term break. I am ready to have a week away from the school run and a week with LP. Dave and I still have work for some of it but we have planned a lot of family time too – and even a little break away – and I can’t wait to just have some time with LP, uninterrupted by school.

LP loves school and she has settled in so well. I know that in a week she will go back without any issues and I will be counting down to Christmas. For now though – here’s to our first official school holiday and some quality time with LP.

The First Half Term at School


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. Oh it sounds like she’s taken to it all like a duck to water. And your experiences of the first term sound so similar to our own; our little man has just bloomed at school. But we are so ready for half term, a rest, and some family time together. x

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