We are nearly at the end of the year and I would firstly like to thank you all for your support throughout this challenging year.
The children have been amazing, showing resilience, determination and a love for learning even through the challenging times of online learning. The children have quickly transitioned from school-based learning to virtual and back again seamlessly.
In Reception, the children have had a wonderful time exploring traditional Tales such as The Three Little Pigs, the Three Billy Goat Gruff’s and Jack and the Bean Stalk. From these stories they learned about story structure which means that they realised that stories have a start, middle and end. Through these stories they also learnt many of the repeated refrains such as Huff and Puff, Fe Fi Fo Fum, and trip trap trip trap. This was wonderful see as they bought the stories to life using the language they had learnt as they re-enacted the stories in role play both in the playground and outside. Through the books we have focused on for Talk for Writing, the children have learnt the skill of story mapping. This has led to deeper understanding of stories which in turn, has led them to become emergent writers. They are using the phonics skills they have learnt throughout the year to segment and blend sounds together to be able to spell, write words and short sentences.
During virtual learning (a few weeks around the time of Chinese New Year) when the children were unable to interact, socialise, play and learn with their friends. This is an area that we were concerned about as personal, social and emotional development plays a large part in children’s development. However, we needn’t have to worry, the children transitioned into class very well after they returned back on campus and soon sorted their own friendship groups and formed positive relationships with all the teachers. The children have been kind, caring and protective over each other which is a wonderful attribute for them all to have.
In Nursery the children have had amazing fun learning through many different role play opportunities provide by the staff. They have had a shop, hospital, florists, airport, Santa’s shop and many more. These role play activities give the children an opportunity to act out and practice the things they have seen and know about, as they make sense of the world around them.
In Teddies, our youngest children have been outstanding. It is incredible to see the children grow in confidence as they get used to their surroundings. Through feeling safe, secure and confident, they are able to explore play and learn independently. The staff have worked hard to provide many fun stimulating, sensory activities for the children explore and learn.
Now at this time of the year we start to think about the children transitioning to their new year groups. This will be an exciting time for the children, where they will be supported through organised trips to their new classrooms where they can familiarise themselves, play and explore. Nursery will be able to explore the big playground and the Reception children will be able to start choosing their own lunch. These are just some of the ways we support your children to ready them for the next step of their learning journey through BSB.
Finally, on behalf of the entire Early Years Team, I would like to thank you all, once again for all your support throughout the year and wish you all a wonderful summer holiday.
Head of Early Years