The Summer Approaches…
As we celebrate the learning across the school, I would very much like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support throughout the year.
The children in Knightswood Primary school are a very special group of children. They are a credit to you all and working with you has helped us on so many occasions to get it right for the children. I wish you all an enjoyable break with your children and look forward to meeting you all in the new session.
The first thing to remember is that it is the holidays, in itself a chance for children to explore and learn for themselves. No greater learning happens than when children experience things first hand. If they are lucky, some children will leave their usual surroundings and be able to visit new areas of the country
Achievement and Learning at home
Happily, the holidays are a chance for all the school-based learning to be applied to real life situations. Children will do this without realising that they are using the skills developed at school. So with a little guidance, parents can support learning without their children being aware they are continuing to learn.
or world. These opportunities can enable children to discover new cultures and ways of life or just discover new parts of the UK.
But even if children remain at home, there is so much to discover in the back garden. Looking closely at flowers and drawing or painting them develops the skills of
accurately recording and transferring information. Making tents and camps in the garden from old sheets gets the children to work out strategies to the enable successful construction of their fortress! Children being imaginative and creating their own fun through interaction with others, or in their own play, is a pleasure and can often entertain for hours. This creative thinking is a great help later in school when children have to write creative, inspired stories.
A holiday diary not only promotes writing skills, but calls to mind a whole host of curriculum subjects. Maps can be drawn of the area they are visiting, plans of towns, beaches and castles can all be added to the diary. Drawings and paintings can also be added to the diary to bring it to life. Sending postcards also supports and helps with letter writing. Summarising the day's activities is a skill in itself developing a child's ability to write concisely in sequence about events. Working out what pocket money you have to spend also is an important feature of the holidays. I remember saving hard for a familyholiday I had when I was young. On my first day I visited the shops and spotted a camera I wanted. What did I do, but beg my parents to let me buy it until my persistence wore them down. I then had a wonderful camera, but very little spending money left for the rest of the holiday. What a great budgeting lesson I was taught!
When shopping, why not get the children to estimate the shopping bill and whoever is closest wins a prize? In the car, instead of constantly being asked 'Are we nearly there yet?' ask the children to guess the miles travelled from beginning to end. Play counting cars, everyone take a colour and first to 10 in that colour is the winner.
As we know ourselves, holidays are a good time to catch up on reading. If you are not members of a library, go and join one. Good libraries often have many other things apart from books, magazines and CDs: perhaps author visits or story reading take place and provide a different environment for learning. Holiday clubs are probably the most popular activity over the holiday and these are many and varied. They all offer something different, but usually have some educational aspect with, perhaps, the chance to learn a new sporting skill like sailing or rock climbing. These activities can lead to a lifelong love and a hobby and who knows, even Olympic success or Commonwealth success.
But what if - and we do live in the UK, after all - it rains? Well, there are many museums, science centres and indoor attractions to visit. However, don't discount outdoor activities: I had a really great walk, with my grandchildren in the pouring rain, getting absolutely soaking wet jumping in the puddles. It didn't really matter as I was already soaked to the skin. I had towels and dry clothes and wee “snack” to help us all warm up afterwards.
. Once logged on there are numerous games and activities to keep both parents and children busy.