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First Day at Big School review – the not-so secret life of four-year-olds

11 September 2016 11:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A group of West Yorkshire children are starting school – and Beth’s gone silent, Yusuf’s full of beans and Layla’s brought her collection of plasters

We’ve got one beginning primary school today, so I’m watching First Day at Big School (Channel 5, Sunday) with a special interest. Different schools. Walton Primary Academy is in West Yorkshire; we’re in north-west London. But the basic ideas are the same – to introduce some kind of structure, develop routines, without too many tears, have a bit of fun, maybe even learn something, one day.

Beth’s mum is having separation issues; she’s going to find it hard without her little girl around the house. And Beth’s finding it hard, too, she’s lacking confidence and has forgotten how to speak. “She’s not talking,” Layla explains, helpfully.

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- Sam Wollaston

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