This week, the Early Years children got to meet their specialist teachers. All the classes went to the library and met the different librarians. Ms. Ba is the head librarian but the children will also get to know Ms Huong, Ms Linh and Ms Ngoc Anh over the year. They all browsed the different book shelves and chose a book to take home with them.
In F2, Ms Jane, one of the Primary PE teachers, visited them in class. She played lots of games with the children and started to get to know them. In F3, they had Mr. Adam, the other Primary PE teacher, who came to visit and meet all the children. F3 will also be having an Art specialist teacher, Mr Daniel, from the Primary this year on Thursday afternoons. F3V were lucky enough to do some water colour paintings with him this week.
Ms Carys will be working across the Early Years to support with the transition of the children when they go into the Primary. She will mainly work with F3 on phonics and reading but will also visit some of the other classes over the year. Do say ‘hello’ to her on a Wednesday when she will be at the front door to great the children as they arrive. Ms Emily will also continue with the music lessons in F2 and F3. The children really enjoyed getting to know all the specialist teachers and are looking forward to their lessons which will all formally start next week.
At BVIS, we strive to provide as many opportunities as we can to develop and support children not only in their academic learning but also in their creativity. By providing these specialist opportunities, we are empowering the children to express themselves and develop new skills. It is good for their overall health and well-being too. A recent newspaper article from the UK suggests “If we want children to value art, we must give them access to it early on in life.” In the UK, the creative industries currently contribute £84.1bn a year to the economy. So even at this early age, we are also preparing your children for their future jobs.
The President of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), Sara Kelly Johns, emphasises the importance of library specialists and how they “empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information”.
We hope you will agree that the new specialist teachers are welcomed and very well received in the Early Years. We look forward to sharing more with you over the term. Please don’t forget to sign in to Class Dojo if you want to see more of what your children have been doing during the week.
Miss Julie Walton
Head of Early Years