The making of my boy
Oct21

The making of my boy

‘Is there anything I should know about X?’ ‘He’s very intelligent. He’s exceptionally intelligent.’ And her face fell. She looked at me and the look said: ‘How dare you come in here and tell me your child is exceptionally intelligent? How can you, a mere mother, know that about your own child? He’s only 4, of course he’s not exceptionally intelligent.’ I got the feeling that...

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The all-rounder
Jul31

The all-rounder

Way back at the start of year 5, my younger son’s teacher said he’d never met anyone as well-rounded as my son. That was a real compliment to me. Because we all know he’s clever, crazily clever. But there’s a whole lot more to him than that. His teacher could see beyond the clever kid to all the other things that make him amazing. So, the teacher said he was really good at sport (which we knew, but previous...

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Maths wizard
May08

Maths wizard

My younger son is something of a whizz at maths. He was selected, along with three other gifted and talented (G&T) mathematicians in year 5, to represent the school in a maths competition at a private school on the other side of the county. The four kids were split into pairs and there were 36 teams/ pairs in total, from state and private schools around the county. I didn’t go to watch – it was too far away and there...

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Parents’ evening pride
Dec06

Parents’ evening pride

I’ve got a couple of bright kids in my younger two. I know that. I know they’re also likeable kids who are good at sport. But I’m biased, right?Every parents’ evening, I hear glowing reports from their teachers. They don’t tell me anything I don’t already know, but it’s so nice to hear that what I think I know isn’t biased. That they really are talented kids, who are also kind and...

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The Curer part 2 (short story by my younger son)
May15

The Curer part 2 (short story by my younger son)

This is part 2 of my son’s short story, set in Tudor times. You can read part 1 here I really would recommend it if you haven’t, otherwise this won’t make much sense! I thought the story was so brilliant, I had to share it with you. I haven’t changed a single thing – not a spelling, a piece of grammar or a typo, it is all as he wrote it.My son is 9 and in year 4. He wrote his story a couple of months...

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