Monday 13th July 2020
Dear Early Years families,
The time has come to write the final newsletter of the year. It has been a pleasure writing to you each week and we have loved seeing all your fabulous home learning! It has been so lovely to welcome lots of children back to school and we can’t wait to see you all in September.
For newsletter 12 we wanted to look back over lockdown and celebrate the fabulous learning that has been going on at home as well as in school. So here’s a selection of memories and some special messages from the early years team……
It has been an absolute pleasure to be with you in Nursery. Thank you for being such wonderful stars. I am going to miss you, but I know that you are going to be amazing in reception – Mrs Humphrey
Goodbye to the children who are leaving the 2 year old nursery, you will be amazing in your new nursery ❤️ To the children who are coming back in September, I can’t wait to see you again 😁 My favourite memory from lockdown has been having time to sit in the garden and listen to the birds singing. Lots of love Miss Jenny
During this lockdown I have learned to value the little things in life. I’ve missed all the children and cannot wait to see you again in September. Have a good summer and stay safe! – Miss Barbara
Hi everyone, hope you are all well. What a strange few months it’s been!! I have had some very exciting news in lockdown. I am going to become a grandma in November. Take care! – Miss Eleanor
We have really enjoyed working with class 3 this year, it's a shame our adventure was short but we have lots of lovely memories together and we will miss you all. We would also like to say a big thank you to the parents for being so great. Good luck to you all, you will be amazing in your new classes! – Miss Noon and Mrs Malooq
During lock down I loved welcoming our puppy Dolly into our home - Miss Greene
I have loved being your teacher this year in Class 1! I know we are not going to finish the year together but I will see you all in September. You are all superstars and I know you will continue making me proud in Year 1. Sending you all lots of hugs – Miss MacDonald x
My highlights of lockdown would be getting engaged to Dan and having lots of country walks with family – Miss Olivia.
In this final learning pack I have attached some Arboretum Summer Challenges. Can you complete all three and return them in September for a chance to win a special prize?
During lock down your teachers have recommended lots of fantastic websites, games and activities to try at home. Here’s a quick reminder of our favourites…..
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Don’t forget to keep exercising in the summer holidays. Find your inner zen with Jamie at Cosmic Kids Yoga - https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Cbeebies Bedtime Stories
Sharing stories together is so important and a lovely way to spend time with the family. Cbeebies Bedtime Stories has lots of our favourite stories for you to watch and listen to. What is your favourite story?
Topmarks is a fantastic website with lots of games to help your children with literacy and maths. Count numbers with teddy, finish the shape pattern or hanging monkeys are some of our favourite in reception!
Keep practising your phonics over the summer. Use the Ruth Miskin website to support your child with their reading. https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/
Alphablocks and Numberblocks
Alphablocks and Numberblocks are fabulous videos that help children with early literacy and maths. You can find lots of episodes on YouTube.
Numberblocks - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPlwvN0w4qFSP1FllALB92w
Alphablocks - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_qs3c0ehDvZkbiEbOj6Drg
The newsletters have provided lots of delicious recipes. Did you try any at home? Cooking with your children is a fantastic way to teach them lots of new skills. BBC Good Food has a variety of recipes to cook with children. Why not try one a week.
To all our early years superstars,
The time has come to say goodbye. We have loved teaching you this year and we wish you all luck in your next adventure in your new class. We can’t wait to see your beautiful smiling faces in September! Have a wonderful summer filled with lots of fun and laughter.
Miss MacDonald and The Early Years Team