Welcome to the start of another exciting year in Early Years; Foundation Stage (FS1 & FS2) and Key Stage 1 (Y1 & Y2) and to all the new parents joining us at CES this year, we look forward to working with you and your child.
Wherever your child is in our school, many things will influence how successfully they settle in. Every child is different and will react to this new environment in their own way. Most children are very enthusiastic when starting the new school year and may continue to be so. However, some children appear to lose that initial enthusiasm fairly quickly and parents of these children may become disappointed and puzzled about this change.
For the younger students, coming to school means making big adjustments, firstly the child has to separate from parents and family after the long holiday. They have to develop relationships with new adults. They have to mix and co-operate with a large group of children, many of whom may be strangers. They also have to manage and be responsible for themselves and their own belongings.
Some children also find it difficult to get used to the change from preschool. There will be more structure to the day and, as the year progresses, they will be expected to concentrate for increasingly longer periods of time.
No matter which year group your child is in, there are always changes to be made; routines are different, expectations are increased and the need for independence is greater. So during these first few weeks, teachers are getting to know your child, looking at how they can provide a learning environment that will nurture those changes and where their starting points are in their knowledge, understanding and skills.
No doubt, you will be curious to know what your child has experienced each day. Some children will come home from school and talk non-stop, whilst others need time to wind down, eat and play before they are ready to talk. Sometimes the question "What did you do today?" is too broad for youngsters to answer. It may help if you narrow the question to "What story did you hear today?" "Who did you play with today?" "Did you play in the garden?" Keep it simple...
What's been happening in KS1....
Well done to Year 1 and Year 2 for a great start to the year. The children have really helped our routines and expectations to be up and running so smoothly and so quickly. Our morning line-up is looking very smart with most classes ready well before the bell rings and singing the national anthem beautifully! We are also impressed by the very good punctuality shown as we begin the year, we look forward to this continuing. Our Year 1's have learnt the 'ropes' of their new playground areas and classrooms.
We have begun swimming, already had our first library visit and given out lots of certificates in KS1 Assembly. We are especially proud of our newcomers to CES in Year 1 and 2. They are showing a love for their new school and enjoying learning with new friends and teachers.
1JA and 2MF were the first classes to receive 'Best Line' awards for their outstanding behaviour at line up time after lunch break. Well done!
Tea with the Director:
Our first FS & KS1 children invited to have 'Tea' with Ms Beth were from Foundation Stage; Lilia Mohamed Lashin and Carol Samir Halaka both in FS1B –, Tia Ahmed Shaker in FS2C. As well as from Key Stage 1; Ahmed Ramy Ahmed and Lamar Hesham Attia both in Y1IM and Taher Ziad El Hares in Y2LM. They made us very proud with their thoughts, comments and manners as they talked about their school life at CES with Ms Beth.
Early Years Parent Tip #1
Praise and encouragement is extremely important. It is not just the act of praise or encouragement, but HOW you praise or encourage that is truly important in what is effective, positive and reinforcing for your child.
Keep your praise and encouragement specific. When your child draws a picture, instead of saying, "This is great," talk to your child about it. You might say, "Tell me about these stripes here - are blue and pink your favourite colours? What kind of shape did you use here?" This way you can talk and learn together, while sending the message that the picture is important to you too.
Upcoming events for this half term in Early Years:
Learning Morning Year 2 – Thursday 3rd October
Learning Morning FS1 – Monday 7th October
Learning Morning FS2 – Tuesday 8th October
Learning Morning Year 1 – Wednesday 9th October
Parent/Teacher Conferences – Wednesday 16th October
First Half Term - Monday 16th October through Thursday 24th October
Global Citizens Day, 10th October.
Best wishes from the CES Early Years Team (FS & KS1)!