Hip hip hooray – the holidays are nearly here!
I wanted to share my end of year letter to parents with you all. It has been a year of change, growth and wonderful progress. Our children have matured and developed and our staff have done so with them. I have to say that this has been my favourite year of teaching yet. Exploring new paths and finding overwhelming success has been liberating, stressful (I definitely have a few more grey hairs to show for it), nerve wracking and simply amazing.
Thank you all for your amazing comments and support.Little did I know at the start of this year, where this blog would lead. Seeing readers from around the world come together to share in everything early years has been truly humbling. Keep an eye out for my regular contributions to Teach Early Years magazine – my first article on facing the fear and embracing child-led learning is out now (“Be BRAVE try it!”)
I will continue to post throughout the summer and update you with our very exciting KS1 journey. Have a very happy summer, relax, take a break and enjoy the benefits of the best job in the world!
“Dear Parents and Carers
I would like to thank you for what has been a very successful Reception year. The children have thrived and each has made such fantastic individual progress. Thank you for being so supportive of everything that we do. I am very proud to say that we deliver a cutting-edge style of teaching and learning and we are lucky to be one of a handful of schools across the country using the latest research into childhood education and development to drive everything we do. Our methods of teaching are the same as those currently forming the basis of studies at the universities of Cambridge, Harvard and MIT, so we really are pioneers! I am thrilled to say this ethos will continue to underpin teaching and learning as your children move into Form 1 and 2 – more will be revealed in September! For now, I hope your children leave Reception having built greater self-confidence, critical thinking and a passion for learning.
If you would like to work with your child over the summer, my greatest advice would be to play with them, explore with them and to treasure the summer holiday with your 5 year old – they are only this young once! As we do in school; follow their passions, encouraging reading, writing and number practice, when they are inclined to do so and in relation to their interests.
Thank you again for all your help and support this year. I look forward to seeing you all in September.”