On your last day of reception class

July 22, 2018


Your (getting too short) uniform is ironed, your (well worn) bag ready, and your dinky shiny patent black shoes – which you insisted you HAD to have to match your school uniform – are all waiting. Waiting to be worn on your very last day of reception class. How did this happen?! Because now, before me, sits a big confident girl of 5 years old. Raring to go. Excited to see her school friends. Eager and without a care in the world on her last day of reception class!


It feels like just yesterday that you were stood on the doorstep, kitted out in brand new (oversized) uniform. Book bag in hand. A mixture of emotions flashing across your face as we tried to capture a piece of that first day before handing you over into the unknown. Something that was a big deal for all of us.



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We needn’t have worried though. School suits you. A lot.


Your first days zooming past in a flash, with you growing more and more confident with every ‘good morning’ sung to your brilliant teacher.


You’ve quite literally had the time of your life over this last school year.


From the early days of your writing coming along.


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New projects to get stuck into.



reception class



And the famous WOW days. Where you got to dress up as all sorts of different characters and creatures from the topics you were covering in a particular term. *I’m not sure how WOW these days will stay, as by the end of this year the novelty has worn off just a little bit. Let’s see, as your first WOW day in year 1 is coming up in September already ekk!



reception class

reception class



As you found your feet, you also found your place in class at being blinking brilliant in maths and literacy – we are so so soooo proud of you. We joke all the time that you must have got your maths from daddy and literacy from me. But in truth, anything you completely put your mind to seems to work out just fine.  


As the terms rolled on, you wowed everyone with the amount of effort and detail you put into your work. Racking up gold stars, points for your class and so many well done’s from your teachers, who have been thrilled with how quickly you have progressed.



reception class

reception class

reception class

reception class



We’ve done so many ‘five alive’s’ (our own version of high fives) to celebrate all your school successes. And you deservedly held your place all year in the top group.   


But ( and here’s where I start blubbering), there’s so much more to life than being academic. The thing that has made us the proudest of all is undoubtedly your kindness.


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If you read our blog, you will already know that Little Button is a tad special when it comes to being super-kind and aware of others around her. I’ve had to hold back the tears at a number of parents evenings when your favourite teacher in the whole world has proudly told of your advanced emotional intelligence and easy ability to be so very kind to everyone. Even cheering on your pals when they have needed help. You amaze me every day, my kindest, beautiful girl.





With skipping feet, you fly down the road as fast as you can go. *You hate being late for anything.


One final sloppy reception-class kiss from you.


A billion hugs.


Extra waves.


And off you go.


On your last day of reception class.




reception class

*Look out year 1, because here you come!!



How did you get on, on the last day of school this year? 




22 responses to “On your last day of reception class”

  1. Oh this has had my choked up this morning! You took me back to when my children were young (hands up – your fancy dress is far better than my terrible efforts) and then you talked about how kind your dear girl is. My children are both kind and thoughtful – I remember realising this most clearly when they started school. Does anything make a parent prouder than when you realise they are are growing into genuinely good people..?! xx

  2. Nita says:

    This is so adorable and thank you for sharing! My boy will be starting reception next September and I can’t wait to see what his year ahead will be like. We haven’t even looked at the schools yet and I’m already so worried that he’s going to hate it and not fit in! Your post has given me strength that eventually, it will be fine! #DreamTeam

  3. Tubbs says:

    Like you, I’m always pleased when the Tubblet’s report mentions her kindness and friendliness. It’s good to know we’re doing something right.

    Glad the first year went so well and all the best for year 1

  4. Claire Rocks says:

    Such a lovely reflective post. One of my sons has just finished his reception year. I too can’t believe how fast it has flown over.#DreamTeam

  5. Sophie says:

    Im popping back for #dreamteam but saw that my comment hadn’t shown up from a few days ago…oh
    I thought this post was glorious. Glorious for your little girl to read when she is older and glorious for you to savour these lovely memories. She has obviously thrived in her Reception year and looks very grown up in her slightly too short uniform! Have a lovely hollibobs and hooray for year 1!

  6. What a beautifully written post – brought a tear to my eye. My youngest had her last day in year five last week which is super scary to think that she will be starting her final year of primary school in September! I’m sure the older I get, the faster time flies by! #DreamTeam

  7. Vicky lane says:

    Bless her and you! My son goes into year 5 in Sept and I’m very aware it’s going to fly now. Just got to keep on cherishing the memories:) #dreamteam

  8. Poe says:

    I know I’ll be feeling the same before long. Bean is only 11 months for now, but this year flew by. I know the other years will go just as fast and I’ll blink and he will be 18. *sigh*

  9. Laurie says:

    Your daughter is adorable! Enjoy her – they don’t stay little for very long. she is quite the artist, too!

  10. I needed this. I am so scared about the first day of reception, approaching very soon! I sometimes forget all the good things about big school!

  11. Oh my goodness I’m so emotional about my daughter starting school in August and reading this had my in tears all over again. Your daughter looks like she is so ready for school. And her artwork is top notch! #DreamTeam

  12. So sweet! I’m glad your little one has settled in so well. #DreamTeam

  13. Kate says:

    Lovely how you have captured such lovely memories and here’s to a lovely year ahead too #DreamTeam

  14. Such a sweet post – looking at the handwriting takes me back to when my daughters started school. Looking how they’ve grown from where they started it is amazing. I can’t believe that my eldest will soon be off to senior school and that I need to start making applications for that next year #dreamteam

  15. Ah. Loved this. My youngest starts Year 1 in September too. I was super emotional on her taster day for Year 1. It’s all going be so fast.

  16. Heather Keet says:

    I cannot believe how big she has gotten since I ‘met’ you in blogging land! #DreamTeam

  17. Helena says:

    Aww it’s lovely to read that she’s excelling at school #DreamTeam

  18. Such a lovely post. My daughter has just finished Year R as well, I can’t believe how fast that year has gone! Year 1 had better be ready for them! #dreamteam

  19. They grow up so fast! I love the little projects they bring home and tracing there progress with them. #DreamTeam

  20. Kirsty says:

    Oh bless her she sounds like a dream! Beautifully written as ever. My younger son also just finished reception and I feel a bit sad for him as I don’t know if he is ready to leave that fun world behind for year one. He had a tricky time understanding some of the school rules to start with but turned it around and won the headteacher’s most progress award for the school at the end of the year. I literally could not have been more proud in that moment. Onwards to year one! #DreamTeam

  21. Crummy Mummy says:

    You should have seen the state of our uniform at the end of term – holes, frays & more velcro fluff than you can shake a stick at! It was great to meet you on Sunday! #DreamTeam

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