I am sure you are all preparing for the two-week holiday that starts next week. In the classrooms the teachers have been talking to the children about what they may be going to do as well. Holidays are really important for the children to not only spend time with their families and relax but also a time for them to play and explore their own personal interests and aspects of the world and local community outside the confines of the school.
Two psychologists, Sigmund Freud and Jean Piaget, did a lot of research in the early years and emphasised play as being the critical path to the formation of a fully-rounded individual. Support your child by facilitating play opportunities such as play dates where your child can visit their friends’ homes. If you want to develop your child’s natural curiosity about the world, provide them with opportunities to get out of their home and to see the real world around them. Do you have a local park or museum near where you live? Why don’t you explore them? From an educational standpoint, a child that is able to experience different contexts can gain valuable language, history, and social skills.
Exercise is also really important so, please limit the use of iPads and go swimming or play some badminton with your child. Children may be unaware of the different sports that are available to them and as parents it is valuable to share with them sports that you enjoy. Currently, in the UK people have been watching the Commonwealth Games. These show a variety of sporting activities some of which your child may have never seen. Why not watch some video clips of these sports in the evening and then try some of them out the next day.
Here is the competition schedule if you want to look the Common Wealth games up online. This year it is in Australia;
Over the year, lots of different athletes have been quoted saying inspirational things. I particularly liked the one below;
Some people want it to happen
Some people wish it would happen
Others make it happen
By Michael Jordan (professional basketball player)
Please help us to encourage your child at BVIS to be the kind of child that wants to make things happen. Encourage them to explore new places and try new activities over the holidays. They may not like everything they try but trying and having a go at something new is the most important part of growing up.
Have a wonderful holiday and we look forward to seeing you all back at school on Wednesday 2nd May 2018!
Miss Julie Walton
Head of Early Years