I’ve been thinking since I’ve taken a break from blogging and decided I want to change the direction of my blog.
My life has become much more settled recently, since I’ve moved. Car has gone to a new home (realising that I’d hardly get any more back for it than it would cost to valet, I gave it away on Freegle to a family from a nearby village).
Life is simpler and I have lots more energy and time to read and write. Rather than being disturbed by issues around my own life, thoughts bubble up all the time in response to what I am reading and watching.
I would like to get back to what I originally intended – to have somewhere to set down all my thoughts, and especially to record all my thoughts on the things I have read.
On the family front, LD#1 is more than half way through her GCSEs. Most of them have gone well, apart from maths, her best subject, where she freaked out because some of the questions were a bit funny looking. Edexcel have been criticised repeatedly (by other boards, and then warned by Ofqual) over the years for setting GCSE papers that were too easy, so they responded this year by putting out a much more difficult one.
LD#2 has just chosen her GCSE options. She wanted to do Art, History, Triple Science and Spanish, but those options wouldn’t fit into the teaching blocks, so she is doing Food Tech instead of Spanish. I discovered that Oxford and Cambridge dropped the entry requirement for a GCSE in a language in 2008, so if she wants to apply, that won’t be a problem. However, because schools are judged on how many pupils get the eBacc (ie a language, maths, English, a science, a humanities) they would like her to do a language. We have decided to have a go at me teaching her French. Since she has spent three years learning Spanish at school now and is still struggling to remember the words for I/you/he/she/we/you/they and doesn’t know the words to buy a train ticket. So I think I probably can’t do much worse than that.