The end of the year is rapidly approaching and this is the best time to celebrate the successes that you have shared with your class as you have been learning together.
It is great to get the children to spend some time reflecting and thinking about the challenges they have overcome or the new learning that they have achieved throughout the year. I have always found it incredibly powerful to get the children to look at the first entries in their written language books from the beginning of the school year, and then flick to their most recent entry – get them to talk to a partner about what is different, what has changed. They are often overwhelmed by the gains they have made – it is easy to forget where our class have come from and very important to remind ourselves (and them!) of where we have gone to!
Another fantastic activity to do is to give each of the children a cupcake/celebration cake picture and get them to add their own personal celebrations from the year – what have they enjoyed the most, what has their most important new learning been? Then, crack out the party poppers (literally!) and let them share their celebrations with a party popper going off to really add the party element! Parents love to be part of this and it’s great fun to stage a mini-party for the class to share this with their parents/guardians so that it isa wonderful event remembered by everyone.
Take lots of photos and ensure you add these to the class blog or make copies for the children – a lovely idea is to make the photo into a farewell card acknowledging their achievements for the year. Make it the most memorable celebration and don’t forget to share your favourite teacher moments of the year and pop your popper too – you deserve it!