Author: Nicola

Back to School Support

Caroline Yolland, Counsellor at The Beacon boys’ school in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, advises how to pastorally prepare your children for a possible return to school  From 1 June, many children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 may be finally returning to their school site after 10 weeks of lockdown and learning from home.  However, this return is not as simple as a ‘normal’ return to school after relaxed weeks of holiday enjoyment. During the crisis, many children will have experienced significant changes and challenges, including the abrupt closure of their school sites and a switch to home schooling or...

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Work, Home-School, Lockdown…All a bit much?

Week 8 of lockdown and, according to social media, we should by now have learned a new language, become a master banana-bread-baker and reached our physical peak through daily circuit training in the garden. Actually, balancing two months of work and home schooling is a far more impressive achievement! However, with little clarity on when children might be returning to school, parents are beginning to wonder how much longer they can keep all their plates spinning. Dividing their time between the demands of work and home schooling takes a toll as parents rush between Zoom conferences and the home...

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COUNTRYSIDE WALKS

There’s nothing like a outdoor walk to lift your mood when struggling with lockdown.  There’s plenty of places to go for a walk not far from home and enjoy the beautiful countryside. Here are some of the places we’ve tried and tested.

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How to stay on top of 11+ prep during lockdown

To use the current buzzword, we are living in unprecedented times. Never have children missed weeks of vital learning under such circumstances and, with no prior examples to follow, parents are feeling perplexed and concerned. Nevertheless, the Eleven Plus exam looms large. With no clear idea of when schools will re-open, how do parents ‘home-school’ to the standard expected by the test? Especially whilst everyone’s mood, resilience and patience are themselves being tested by lockdown! To help, here are our top tips for how to manage the demands of preparation during this difficult time. Maths and English:  Year 4...

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BLUEBELL SEASON

You know that it’s finally Spring with the arrival of bluebells. While taking daily exercise, you may be lucky enough to see carpets of blue in woodland, parks and even road verges. However please remember to follow government instructions and stay local to your home, driving to woodland or parks is NOT essential...

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