School Closure Home Learning
Now that school is closed, I will put daily home learning on this page. The main focus will be basic skills such as phonics activities, reading, writing, maths skills and activities and games to ensure learning and play is still taking place.
Things to do Daily
Listen to music
You already have ten Dictation Cards and an exercise book. Now that we are closed your child should complete one card every Monday. Please sit with your child and read one word out at a time. Children should use their phoneme fingers to sound out the word and then write it.
You also have reading books your child can read. Please focus on one book per week. There are lots of flash cards on the Literacy page of this website to help further with segmenting and blending to read. You could then use these flash cards as dictation ideas. Your child could also try to put these words into a simple sentence and try to write it. I will advise which new digraphs and tricky words to learn.
I have sent home two more exercise books (one lined and one plain paper) for you to use at home to record any activities you wish. In the meantime, please ensure you have pencils, crayons, felt tips, scissors, glue and possibly collage materials for your child to use whilst away from school. Puzzles and games would also support children during this time.
Please don’t feel your child needs to be learning all day every day. We suggest up to 1 hour a day. Learning at home is different than learning in school. I don’t advise that you try to do this all in one go if it’s a formal task. That would not be appropriate expectations for a child of 4 or 5. Spend 5 or 10 minutes and then let them have a snack/play/practical task and then return later. Remember, anything can be learning. From making a sandwich, playing a board game, playing Lego, dressing up, to playing with coins.
Some people have suggested they might make a family timetable, behaviour chart or even put children in their school jumper or cardigan to suggest it is time for learning. Find what works for you and your family. If you find something works then share this on the class WhatsApp group.
Your child might have questions for you. Answer them honestly, but at an age appropriate level being careful not to scare your child. Be careful what news pictures are on in your house. Children see things differently to adults and something small to us might cause children to worry unnecessarily.
I would love to see how the children are getting on. I ask that you send me one picture a week of something your child is proud of. It could be a writing task, maths challenge, creative task, outdoor activity, a great photo they’ve taken or even learning to make a sandwich of the first time. I intend to add pictures to the class website just as I do when we’re in school.
Remember to make time for prayer. The children could share the morning prayer, grace before & after meal prayers and the evening prayer. You could even do some mindfulness and meditation using the videos from the Autumn 1 page. I'm sure the children can talk you through what we do in school.
Remember to be active. The children spend a lot of time in school moving. This is good not only for their physical health, but their mental health.:
- Joe Wicks has a morning workout session every week day at 9am
- Max Whitlock has a 14 day programme he is doing from his home
- Boogie Beebies on YouTube have simple dances children can do
- Daily Mile - you could set this up in your garden or outside your house around the block. If you are outside, remember safety on the road and social distancing
- Anton du Beke has a daily dance workout at 11am
If you do something that works with your child, please let me know.