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By Joy Heels

The last half term before the summer holidays our topic was Seasides. The first week was ‘under the sea’: the children made squid, octopus and whales and coloured and counted lots of fish. ‘Rock pools’ included crabs, shrimps and seaweed, and how rocks and minerals are crushed over many years to make sand.

Boats, kites, sand castles, sea gulls, sea shells and ice cream were also included, along with ways of getting to the seaside. On the last week we held a seaside day with bouncy castle, paddling pools and sand. They had hot dogs for their snack and had a lovely time.
We held a sports morning when the children ran, jumped, ran backwards (lots of falling over, some on purpose) and put bean bags into buckets, with their parents cheering them on.

The mums’ and dads’ race saw them filling plastic cups with spoonfuls of water and carrying them to the finishing line in their mouth. Did they get wet? Most of them did get splashed – all good fun and good sports for taking part.
The parents’ committee organised a cake stall which made enough money to buy a wooden play house for the nursery, plus extra towards the outside area.

The last day we had a teddy bears’ picnic and Kay Rigg was presented with a present from the parents as it was her last day at Leeside. We wish her well in her chosen career.

We wish all the children who left to go to big school happy times and new experiences – we feel we have given them a good start to their school life.

I would just like to finish by saying a big Thank You to all the parents who have been wonderfully supportive.

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