To our wonderful Reception children,

We have missed you all so much during this pandemic and you have not been far from our thoughts.

As you know, we are so incredibly proud of you all for so many reasons: for your resilience in adapting to these strange times; for your compassion, consideration and empathy for those in your families and communities; for the determination and self-control you have shown by continuing your learning at home; for your boundless energy and optimism. You are incredible little humans who represent the school, its values and all that we stand for and, for that, we thank you.

Right now, you and your families will be (I’m sure) having many conversations about your potential return to school on Monday 22nd June / Thursday 25th June. You may have mixed feelings about this: you may be so excited to see one another; you might be anxious or worried about the changes to your normal school day; you may be desperate for normality but apprehensive about returning! All of these emotions are absolutely normal and, be assured, the grown-ups are feeling these things too! You are only so little, so innocent, we wish this change in our school year didn’t happen!

Keeping you safe is always our number one priority- it always has been and it always will be, even once this virus has disappeared. We have followed all of the government guidelines and we are busy putting all of these measures (and some extras!) in place to make sure that we keep you as safe as possible. This will mean that school and your learning zones will seem very different to how you remember it and there will be some different routines in place, but the Kader teachers will still look exactly the same, although you may have a teacher that didn’t teach you when you left us in March. You may also not be with all of the friends that you once were. If your parents are in touch with one another on the phone, it might be a nice idea to organise a friendship zoom session so that you can all see each other again.

Not only will our classroom look different, learning will also be different too. Our first few sessions together will involve lots of chatting (we have lots to catch up on!) and questions before we tackle anything else. We can work together to decide what our final few weeks together might look like and how we can help get you prepared for life in Year 1. You will also not be able to play with one another like before, this makes us feel very sad but we are hoping it will not be too long until we can watch you all interact and share/ play again. On your desks, we have provided some lovely toys for you to play with and your teachers have some fabulous, fun ideas to keep you very busy and happy!

Those of you who are planning on returning will do us proud by rising to the challenges of the odd circumstances that we will face. We will face them together, as our Kader family. If you and your families decide that coming back is not the right thing for you, then please do not worry. We will still be in touch via Purple Mash and be providing home learning activities for you just as we have been.

We desperately wish that we could go back to the noise of a full classroom. Never in a million years did we envisage in September that our school year would end with us all separated. But please know, that wherever you are on June 22nd or 25th , either in school with us or at home with your families, you are our part of our Kader family until the very end.

Sending you all lots of love- and a virtual squish!

The Reception team xxx