We were encouraged to back our school books to stop them getting tatty. Daniel and Eleanor had to back theirs in sticky back plastic, but we were allowed to back our books in whatever we liked. I went for a Holly Hobbie design.
My Maths teacher in 1980/1981 was Mr Forshaw, he was my favourite teacher ever. I used to love my Maths lessons because he made them so interesting and fun. If lessons are boring, the kids won't learn anything from them, I wish that teachers would understand this. I know from my own experience as well as from Daniel and Eleanor going through school that kids learn more from teachers who they like because they make the lessons enjoyable than teachers who stand in front of a class and recite facts with no passion.
This was homework from September 1980, I'd just turned twelve, so this is from thirty three years ago. I wouldn't have a clue how to do this work now.
Logarithms. This work is dated 1980, but it was actually 1981. It's funny how I couldn't get the date right, but the sums were all correct.
Whilst looking for my old school books, I came across some of my school reports. This is my very first one, I was five years old.
When I started school, they'd just brought in a new way to teach reading called ITA, which stood for Initial Teaching Alphabet. Words were spelt as they sound, so was would have been taught at woz, alphabet would be alfabet. Once children could learn to read using this method, they then had to be taught the correct spelling of words. This method wasn't taught in schools for long.
I could already read when I started school, so it was decided that I could carry on as I was and I didn't have to learn the ITA method. My first report states that I'd reached Indigo Book 2. I'd love to know which reading scheme this was from and see the sort of things I was reading at this age.
I'm really pleased that my mum kept some of my school books and reports, they're lovely to look back on.