What a wonderful year we have all had in the Early Years’. How the time has flown by! We ended the term with two fantastic performances, one for the F2 in which they wore their superhero costumes and showed us in their assembly the super skills they have learnt; the other was the F3 graduation, where all the children sang songs in celebration and received their certificates. We like to celebrate the students’ successes.
Over the last month, the children have all been preparing for their new year groups and classes in the new academic year. They have met their new teachers and talked about the changes that will be happening. For F3, they will be moving over to the Primary so there is a big change for them but they are all very excited and ready for this new challenge.
During the Summer, there will some construction and refurbishments going on in the Early Years building. If you are coming to Summer school, you will need to go to the Primary building. When you return in the new academic year, there will be an amazing new Early Years playground and several changes to the classrooms and ELC area. We hope you are as excited as we are to see these new and modern changes. We have spent a long time planning for them and hope it will really enhance your children’s learning opportunities.
If you are thinking about ways that you can encourage and support your child with their learning over the summer, here are a few phonics and reading websites with ideas. If your child is going into F3, or they are an F3 child going into Year 1, the Ruth Miskin phonics links have lots of information to help you understand the way that we teach the sounds.
Information for parents understanding phonics:
What is Read Write Inc. Phonics?
How to say the sounds:
Read along interactive stories
Story place a children’s digital library:
Just Books Read Aloud:
Reading activities and other sites:
Let me take this opportunity to wish you all well for the Summer holidays. Please take care if you are travelling and really enjoy your time together as a family. I will be leaving at the end of the year to take up a position in Ho Chi Minh City but the remainder of the Early Years’ staff are all looking forward to seeing you in the new academic year.