As the leaves start to take on an autumnal hue and the cooler, darker evenings draw in, there’s an undeniable sense of change in the air. Every year, we watch the seasons subtly shift into the next – but this time around, things are a little different.
There’s been a lot of talk about both parents and pupils feeling a little anxious about the return to school, and that’s only natural – but in our experience, any anxiety tends to melt away as soon as they’re surrounded by their peers. Due to social distancing regulations, it might have been a while since your child has socialised with others in their age group, so this process may take a little longer. Rest assured that we’re taking all necessary precautions to ensure everyone’s safety is our top priority, as well as easing the transition into their new environment.
When we look at the bigger picture, this time of year offers us so many opportunities to learn about ourselves and our environment. So, how can we make the most of it?
Ask questions, both big and small
By bringing awareness to our surroundings, we begin to notice even the smallest of changes happening around us. For an adult, they bring a sense of familiarity and comfort, but through the eyes of a child it can seem like we’re entering an entirely different world!
Why do the leaves fall off the trees, then crunch beneath our feet? Why is there an abundance of pumpkins at this time of year? Why must our clocks ‘fall back’ when the autumn equinox occurs? All of these questions provide real-world opportunities for learning, as well as plenty of fun activities like trying new recipes or creating colourful leaf rubbings with crayons or pastels.
Consider adopting a new routine
Adjusting to a new routine always takes some time to get used to, especially as we’ve all spent such an unusual amount of time at home recently. However, it’s also a time to make healthy changes to our lifestyles too. Whether that’s opting for a more varied diet, setting aside more time to socialise with friends and relatives, or fitting in some extra exercise, this is something the whole family can get involved with.
Perhaps you’d like to volunteer for a community project, try some new hobbies together or even try and reduce your environmental impact. We’re big advocates of walking, scooting or cycling to school – and judging by how full our scooter park is every day, so are our pupils!
This may be a period of transition, but it needn’t be a daunting one. With so many opportunities to learn and play, autumn is a time for our children to look forward to interacting with their friends and teachers, and we’re equally as delighted to be welcoming everyone back into the school once again this term.