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Mrs Pincott Reflects on an Unusual Term in Early Years

Posted: 8th July 2020 | Category: EYFS

Mrs Pincott Reflects on an Unusual Term in Early Years

So, we are nearing the end of a short and very unusual summer term. Reflecting on the past few weeks,
we are full of admiration for our smalls, and the way in which they take life in their stride, adapt to any
situation, and pursue their friendships and play.
They have managed to pack so many ideas and activities into just a few weeks; we thought we would
have to spend time helping them to settle back into school, but the children led us straight back into
learning and investigating. Their resilience and curiosity remained as strong as ever.
Reception and Kindergarten have between them worked on the following questions since we returned to
school:
“What do baby ladybirds look like?”
“How do boats float?”
“How do you blow up a balloon with vinegar and bicarbonate of soda?”
“Can you blow a square bubble?”
“What’s the best super power?”
“Can I make a potion to turn teachers into slugs?”
“Which is the hottest/coldest planet?”
We have all enjoyed finding the answers to these questions together, and we have all continued to learn
from one another.
We have also begun to look forward to next term and the transition to new classrooms and teachers. We
are seeing unmistakable signs that the children are ready to move on to new learning and challenges.
This is a bittersweet time of year for us teachers. Reflecting on the teaching and learning that has taken
place, writing end of year assessments, having ‘handover’ meetings with the next teacher, and taking
artistic creations from the display board to be taken home, we feel a mixture of emotions. Professionally
speaking, we know that this is what we have been working towards all year, as our job is to guide the
children through the process of preparation for the next stage in their education. However, we have
spent a year with a group of children and families who have become very dear to us, and we would like
to thank all of you for your support, and the way in which you joined with us to ensure continuity and
normality for the children. Our partnership with you is vital, so thank you for your good humour (and the
toilet rolls!)
Have a wonderful summer!
The Early Years team.

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