Early Years Open Day Earns Approval of Parents

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Pilgrim Academy Early Years Open Day. Jessica Robinson (3) has fun in the classroom with her mum Emily Robinson.

Parents took the opportunity to spend some time with their children in the classroom at Pilgrim Academy's Early Years Open Day.

The nursery children were excited to welcome their relatives into the school take part in a variety of activities which showed them how the younger children spend their days. Activities included Phonics, Maths, Literacy, Handwriting, Child Initiated Learning, Shared Reading and a Dough Disco.

Mum Lynne Hickson spent the afternoon with her two daughters, Phoebe Hickson (5) and Sophie (3). Sophie attends Nursery and Phoebe is in Reception Class.

Lynne said: "I love coming into school and seeing what they do. I like to see how the teachers work with the children. I also pick up tips on how they explain things to them."

Sophie said: "I really like to see my mum at school."

Mum and Primary School Teacher Emily Robinson visited her daughter Jessica (3). She said: "It is nice to have an open day and see how it works. I have enjoyed seeing Jessica at school. I am interested to find out what child initiated learning is."

Christine Lacey, Pilgrim Academy Executive Principal, said: "The children really do benefit from having their parents visit them in the classroom and being able to show them their work. It builds confidence for both the children and their parents, who can also see that they are happy and doing well in a very positive learning environment."

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Lynne Hickson with daughters Phoebe Hickson (5) and Sophie (3) at the Early Years Open Day.

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Activities with parents during the Early Years Open Day.

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