Looking forward to the summer holidays

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Dear [NAME]

No doubt you are busy making plans for the summer holiday. Keep the young ones entertained with the activities suggested in this newsletter. Learning is seen by them as enjoyable and fun when included with relaxation time. It all supports learning and development of key skills.

Take a look at our book suggestions too and don't forget there are many more book recommendations and reviews on the site.

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Summer Learning The summer holidays are time to relax and spend time as a family - with all the activities here, children will also learn without even realising it!
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Games  Outdoor Games for Summer has ideas old and new. Now children are outside,they can enjoy the Playground Games.  Hopscotch is an old favourite too. Skipping Games vary all around the country - do you know these? All these will be useful for teachers, TAs and lunchtime supervisors once term restarts. Summer action rhymes are fun for younger ones.
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Outdoor activities There are many ways to enjoy time outside in the summer without spending lots of money - why not visit one of your local Nature reserves? Let your child try our Nature Quiz for Children and find out about rivers with our River Activities. These will help with understanding the science studied at school.
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Summer crafts Of course, we might get the odd wet day here and there, and that's where these ideas will come in handy. Flower Crafts are perfect for the summer, of course. Paper Crafts and Paper Crafts for Boys are full of suggestions to enjoy and teachers will find these useful in the classroom too. 
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Around the UK Whether you are travelling around this summer, or just want to know more about the UK, we have plenty to help. The River Thames is important in the history of the UK and the Jurassic Coast has plenty to offer those interested in dinosaurs and geology. The Mary Rose, Giant's Causeway and Greenwich are all fascinating places - learn about them even if you can't visit them this year. Learning about our country can help children's understanding of history and geography and make them more relevant.
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Out and about enjoying nature There are plenty of interesting places in the countryside and at the coast to visit - make sure you know The Countryside Code before you go! Pond Dipping is always a popular activity and perfect for the summer. Find out about the pretty creatures found in our gardens in the Topic on ladybirds. Oak trees are an important part of our landscape - find out more in The oak tree.
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More Activities and Discovery Summer gives us the opportunity to enjoy growing things and finding practical ways to enjoy the natural world. You don't need a garden to grow plants, just a balcony or windowsill can yield great results. Many schools offer pupils some outdoor space for gardening too. Try our ideas to Grow Your Own Food. and Helping Plants Grow Well - Activities. Many of our pages, such as Field to fork - vegetables and fruit are designed to support the new curriculum.

Books  For lots more ideas on reading and helping your child, take a look at our Best new books pages. 

The Little Book of Garden Bird Songs 100 Family Adventures British Trees 23 Things To Do Before You Are 11 1/2

Best wishes
Jackie Bacon

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