JUNIOR DEPARTMENT NEWS
Message from Mrs McIntosh
‘Morning is an important time of day because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.’
Welcome back and a Happy New Year to all our Junior Department families. I hope you had a peaceful and joyful time over the holidays.
The children have come back raring to go and have settled back into their learning as if they had never been away. We are all excited about our new topics this term which I am sure you will hear more about as the weeks go by.
It was a privilege to spend the day with Reception on their first ever school trip yesterday. We had such a wonderful day learning all about buildings and materials and the children were a credit to Beechwood and to you. Thank you to Mrs. Shillinglaw and the Reception team for planning and running this exciting learning opportunity.
As we start a new year, I thought I would say a little about the importance of routines in our daily lives. There are many studies proving that routines help us all to get the most out of each day. The website ImmunifyMe gives five reasons why routines help our children:
- They create structure in their lives;
- They create good habits;
- They help them get used to new things in a safe way;
- They enable the children to be independent;
- They teach time management and self-discipline.
They might not understand it till later, but children, like all adults, take comfort in this sense of structure. Even though they love their version of chaos and fun, children like it when certain activities are familiar to them and easy to do. If every day is too unpredictable, and the child keeps failing to complete tasks because of their unfamiliarity with them, they might grow up to suffer from confidence issues and low self-esteem, not to mention causing anxiety and stress.
So why not set your intentions as a family for 2023 to include:
- Having a snack and a drink or tea when you get home and encourage your child to do their reading straight away;
- Getting your child to pack their school bag/book bag after tea so it is ready for the morning and putting it by the door. Even Reception children can learn to check that their reading book and school diary is in the bag;
- Talking about which activities are going to be coming up the next day at the dinner table, including ASC and ASAs (what day is it tomorrow? Oh, you have swimming then. What do we need to get ready for swimming?) A visual timetable in the kitchen/playroom/bedroom is great too;
- A bedtime routine at the same time each evening (I recommend between 1830 and 1930 for children in the Junior Department);
- Getting dressed and ready in school uniform before breakfast;
- Setting off for school 5 or 10 minutes earlier than needed to ensure a calmer start to the day.
Have a lovely weekend.
Head of Junior Department