Exciting news! We now have access to a wide range of reading books and other resources via the website below. All you need to do is login via the 'My Class login' tab at the top of the page. Once logged in you can use the filters to find books relevant to the age/ability of your child. At school we would encourage re-reading of books to aid fluency and understanding and be changing them twice a week.
Week 2 – Monday 30th March – Friday 3rd April
Good morning and welcome to week two of our home learning page.
Today is a rather sad time as we should have been embarking on our school trip to Hatton Country Farm. Nevertheless, if we can’t go to the farm, then Mrs Jenkinson can bring the farm to us! Have a watch of the video and attempt the different activities suggested. You will find the activities written down in the literacy plan below.
Ordinarily, in the week leading up to the Easter Holidays, school would be all bout learning the easter story, making easter cakes/bonnets/cards etc…May we suggest saving some of these types of activities for the easter holidays themselves as it could prove to be a rather long two weeks that need filling. To try and keep some sort of routine for the children, we have produced a weekly plan for literacy, maths and phonics which you will find below. Remember, these are just a suggestion. We don’t want any parents feeling under any sorts of pressure/obligation to complete them all. However, some children thrive on having a routine and if this is your type of child then hopefully they will be of use. This amount of Literacy and maths is way more than we would cover in a standard week in EYFS. Obviously, we have 23 children to work with either 1:1 or in small groups which takes much longer. Please do as much as you feel is right for your own child. There is no right or wrong. Many thanks for your support.
Friday 27th March
It's Friday!! Or Friyay as we call it. Well done to you all for the amazing job you are doing!
Earlier in the week your child may have chosen a topic that they were going to learn about (if not, scroll down to Mondays activities). Ordinarily, we would suggest visiting a library or somewhere to research your topic further. Obviously, during these unordinary times that is not possible therefore we may have to be a bit resourceful. Perhaps using the internet or books you have at home can you find out some interesting facts about your chosen topic? If not facts, can you tell me something interesting about your choice? Why did you choose it? Can you write 2 or 3 facts/sentences describing your chosen topic. Can you teach your teacher something they didn't know? Once you've completed your sentences, perhaps you could accompany them with a picture or painitng. We look forward to hearing/seeing them.
Next week, in the phonics lessons we will be using the websites espresso (see yesterday) and phonics play (today). Hopefully yesterday you had a go at exploring the espresso website so today we'd like you to login to phonics play and have a...play. It's a very self explanatory website with loads of great games.
Maths (on a Friday afternoon) blimey that's mean!
Below are some blank tens frames that the children will be familiar with from school. If you can print them out great, if not just draw them on a piece of paper. It's important that the pattern is the same though, rows of 5. See if your child can use playdough (or anything else) to make/count out the correct amounts to match the 'teen' numbers. We would encourage them to always fill the first 2 rows with 5 and another 5, making 10. Then add the additional 'ones' required to make the correct amount. Encourage them to count slowly and carefully as once we get past 10 it is typical that they may start to miss count.
Thursday 26th March
Good morning. I hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful weather. Above, you will find a document entitled Activities to try at home. In this document you will find the Early Learning Goals for the 17 different areas of learning in EYFS. These are the things that the children are expected to be able to do by the time they leave reception. Typically, at parents evening we would be highlighting any areas of strength and any areas for potential improvement. You may find it useful to have a read of this and familiarise yourselves with the different objectives. If there is an area that you feel your child needs to improve, if you scroll further down in the document you will find some suggested activities. Why not spend today trying some of these. It can often be the case that the areas the children need to improve are the areas that they don’t particularly enjoy. You may want to incorporate some of their strengths/favourite activities too.
Also, why not have a go at logging into the website below
Once logged in, click on the foundation tab along the top, this will take you to the reception section where you should see the 7 main learning areas down the left side. Have an explore of all the wonderful things this website has to offer. We often use the video clips and activities to support our teaching, the maths and literacy sections are particularly useful. Try some of the activities in the phonics section for todays phonics lesson. From past experience we have found the games don’t always load through internet explorer, you may need to install firefox instead.
From next Monday, we plan on posting a weekly plan for phonics / literacy and maths. All of the content posted so far will remain on the website so if there’s anything you haven’t done / done your own thing then you can always return to it in the future.
Finally, coming soon on trinity tv, Mr Shuker will be doing a live outdoor maths lesson and Miss Vallera will be reading your hometime story so look out for those!
Well done to all of the mums, dads and carers out there doing such a brilliant job home learning, don't do it too well though, otherwise we'll be out of a job once this is all over!
Good morning, welcome to day 3. I’m so encouraged to see/hear about so much amazing learning taking place.
PE with Joe Wickes on youtube – if you’re looking for something else to start your day try searching for Cosmic Kids Yoga, these are great too!
Following on from yesterdays story Noah’s Ark, listen to the song below
Discuss the 2 by 2 element of the song. Counting in 2’s is something we have started looking at in maths. If possible, find some resources to support counting in 2’s (pairs of socks) Count the socks in 1’s to begin with up to a number your child is comfortable with. Ball the socks in pairs and show them how you can count them in 2’s. 2,4,6,8 etc… If possible write out some missing number tracks and see if the child can fill in the missing numbers 2, 4, ?, ?, 10 and so on. Extension activity, counting in twos starting from 1.
There are loads of other ideas for number games in the white rose document that was uploaded yesterday (scroll down to yesterday)
In phonics today have a look at the sheet below, we don’t phonic lessons to become too ‘samey’ and boring. You could print the sheet out but this is not essential.
WARNING! In the coming days we will reinforce our learning on 3D shapes by doing some junk modelling…yay! Start collecting your recycling now, provide opportunities for your child to talk about the names of the shapes and the properties of them.
Reading, thank you for your patience whilst we try and source an online option for quality reading books. In the meantime I have uploaded another video, this time with a few added instructions.
Understanding of the world - Bean diary. If your child was well enough to attend school last week, they should have come home with their bean plant and recording sheet. Get your child to draw and label what their bean looks like currently (they may have already done this as I forgot we wrote the dates on ready for you to use, A+ for those of you who have!). Should your child not have been able to bring theirs home, have a look at the attached powerpoint and attempt to draw and label a picture of a bean plant. You could even purchase some beans and have a go at planting another one if you’re feeling adventurous and are able to. Mrs Musgrove uploaded some brilliant videos all about planting potatoes to trinity tv on fb, if you haven't already, have a watch and maybe get outside in this lovely sunshine and have a go at planting and growing something yourself.
Tuesday 24th March
Good morning! Well done everyone for surviving day 1, it was so lovely to hear about/see so much amazing learning taking place.
If you took part in the Joe Wickes live PE session, I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a fantastic way to start the day, it really set the whole Shuker family up for the day ahead. I would suggest, where possible start with this every day.
Maths – Below you will find a document entitled Reception – Spring. This is the scheme of work from White Rose that we loosely follow. Over the coming days we will share with you the objectives that we are working towards in all areas of learning. For now, have a read of the document and familiarise yourself with it. If you scroll towards the bottom you will see the headings 3D shapes. Where possible you could attempt some of these activities. If you successfully made playdough yesterday (ours was a bit wet I must admit, but nothing a bit of flour couldn't fix!) you can use it to make some of the 3D shapes. Go on a shape hunt, what 3D shapes can you spot indoors and outdoors – the main focus for reception is naming cubes, cuboids, spheres and cones. We have also taught pyramid and cylinder. There is also a sheet (doesn’t need printing) that you could attempt.
Phonics – For those of you who haven’t seen it, there is a short video on facebook (Holy Trinity Primary School page) which I hope is useful in understanding the basics of phonics. Below are some Phase 4 flash cards if your child is currently working in Ants Class during their phonics lessons. In the near future, had we been at school, we would have been ready for all of the children to start phase 4. For now, keep consolidating those phase 3 sounds and we will start phase 4 from the beginning for those of you in Spiders phonics group in the coming days/weeks.
Phase 3 – Review known sounds – flashcards and can you write the sound ee, igh, ai etc… Teach (focus) sound ‘ch’. Practice writing words – chug, chip, chat. Apply – write the caption ‘a chick will hatch’
Phase 4 – Review known sounds – flashcards and can you write the blends nd, mp, nt etc… Teach (focus) sound ‘nd’ . Practice writing words – hand, send, pond. Apply – write the caption ‘send a letter in the post’
R.E. / Art – Rainbows. You may have seen in the media, that children across the country are being encouraged to put pictures of rainbows up in their windows to put a smile on everyone’s face and reassure that everything is going to be ok. Watch the story of Noah’s Ark below (or read the book if you have a copy) and discuss the symbolism of the rainbow. Allow your child to make a picture of a rainbow to put in their window, this could be pencil crayon, paints, collage, finger paints, anything. We would love to see some of the finished creations.
Monday 23rd March
Good morning Ants/Spiders and good morning world.
First of all, can we just say thank you for all of the lovely messages and well wishes throughout last week. We have never experienced a week like it in our careers. Moving forward, we are all in this together and we are so impressed that there has already been means of communication set up between yourselves. Not only that, but mystery reader has even continued! It’s this togetherness that will see us through these troubling times. Over the next few weeks,possibly months please keep encouraging each other and us with ideas,suggestions, tips etc... We will be posting lesson ideas daily but there’s so much more out there to share. Just remember, early years is predominantly learning through play so please try and bare this in mind. We will attempt to keep all ideas accessible, if you don’t have what you need don’t worry, just adapt where necessary. Thank you again for your continued support, never has it been so valued.
PE - If you didn’t catch it live at 9 o clock, get those PE kits on and get moving with Joe Wickes - search on YouTube
Literacy - Allow your child to choose their own topic for learning (a hobbie,interest,tv show) Draw a picture and attempt to write a sentence, adult could dictate the following and ask child to write - I am going to be learning about... Phonetically written this may look like - I am goaing to be (both tricky words) lurning abowt...
Phonics - See post further down, we don’t want to over do it on day 1!
Making playdough - having some playdough over the next few days would be really useful so you could get the children to help you make a batch - See if they can help read the recipe and measure the ingredients - 1 cup flour, 1 cup water, half cup salt, 2 tbsp oil, 2 tbsp cream of tartar, any food colouring or essence. This is the fool proof recipe that Mrs Ades follows and it produces excellent results. We fully understand that during these times you may not have access to all of the ingredients. Perhaps search on google for alternative recipes if required
Story time - only fair to let the child choose on day 1
Please send us your photos of day 1 via Twitter, we would love to see some familiar faces!
Phonics - Everyday, ask your child to read the sounds on the flash cards attached below. If you are able to, you could print them out and cut them up but this is not necessary. You could also ask your child to practice writing the sounds using school cursive letter formation. We will constantly be updating new phonics lessons as this plays a key part in children's reading and writing development but using this as a lesson starter every day is good practice. Please visit the following website which has granted free access and become familiar with some of the games that we will plan to use over the coming weeks
The website below is a fantastic teaching resource for all areas of learning. It contains video clips, interactive games and actvities. We will attempt to use this website over the coming weeks where possible so please log in and have an explore around the EYFS section. When you click on 'login' you may need to then select the 'Espresso' section.
We are hopeful, that very soon we will be able to give you access to a wide range of online reading books. We would encourage you to continue reading to your children, bedtime stories, chapter books, newspaper, comics etc...In regards to reading books that your children would normally bring home from school, we are hopeful that by uploading the pages to youtube this will still give the children opportunities to apply their reading skills. You will probably need to pause the video at certain points and support your child where necessary.