Summer is here

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We are sure you are looking forward to the summer holidays, but will you ignore this problem? Summer learning loss is a real thing. It's the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of the summer holidays [[Wikipedia]]. The antidote is to use the many activities to be enjoyed by the whole family highlighted below in this newsletter.

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Many of you will have children starting school in September. We have compiled a booklet especially for you: "Transition to Reception". This gives what you and your child need to know as they take this major step forward.

We are constantly adding resources to the site and we can only include a small selection below. Remember to use the Worksheet Finder to see our full range of resources. 

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Ideas for summer Now's the time to get out and about. Our section on the World Around Us has got lots of pages to help identify the things we see around us - Trees, Birds and Flowers. Try the Sealife activities if you go to the beach, and learn about Tides.

 
 

Thinking skills These are fun to do together and challenge each other to arrive at the correct answer first. Have fun! Brain teasers - questions for fun will give all the family something to think about, as will Can you work these out? Puzzles for All is another challenge for the family to enjoy together.

Science Fun experiments with food is an ideal summer holiday activity. Make use of the time together to try Experiments with dissolvingFun science experiments and Science experiments for home. We have science pages to cover the entire KS1 and KS2 curriculum as well as dozens of complementary activities which can be found through the Worksheet Finder, so try these to ensure your child is prepared for next year.

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Foundation Stage  Some children will be starting school in September so these ideas will be good preparation for your children to enjoy with you and help give them a happy start at school. Children can learn early pencil skills with Colour these pictures, and you will find many more colouring and writing pages at the same link. Young ones will enjoy The Tale of Tom Kitten and The Very Hungry Caterpillar worksheet, which will help with key skills needed at the start of school.

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Books and their authors; libraries Children will enjoy the Book Activities, which will enhance their pleasure in reading. Many popular authors feature in our resources, including Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson.  Increase children's enjoyment by finding out more about books in worksheets such as The Wind in the Willows  and The Jungle Book. Teachers will find our Book Resources really useful in lesson planning.

Has your child signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge yet? The theme this year is Animal Agents. Simply visit your local library to find out more. 

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Fun maths It is important that children enjoy maths and working together on these fun pages makes maths much more enjoyable and at the same time reinforces learning. Try Fun maths for KS1, Fun maths for KS2 and enjoy Fun maths for all the family together.

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Topics We have topics to interest everyone, and they are an excellent way to introduce a little practical learning into the summer holiday. The Insect Topic is perfect to encourage children to take an interest in the natural world, as is the Minibeasts Topic. An Alien Topic features a popular subject for children, especially boys. Many of us live near canals and rivers, so why not try the Topic on Canals?

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Finally, here are some more ideas to enjoy during the summer - check out our Summer Activities page, which is full of ideas to help you make the most of the summer holidays. Summer Craft Ideas are ideal in case of those rainy days. See how many flowers your child can identify with the help of the My flower booklet and get outdoors to try the suggestions in Nature Projects

Best wishes

Sarah

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