School Closure Home Learning
Welcome to the Home Learning webpage. Firstly, I would like to thank you for your support in settling the children into life at St Anne's. However, we have a strange few weeks that will be very difficult for children to understand why they are not allowed to go to school and play with friends. Explain to the children that the school is closed to protect them against any germs that might be there and to be cleaned to get rid of them. This will make sure that school is safe for them to return. You might like to share this story with your child to help them understand why school is closed:
At this unusual and difficult time, the most important thing is that children are happy, safe and feel loved. Don't worry if your child is not in the correct mindset for focused activities or if you've got lots of your own work to do. Play and creativity is the most important thing at their age. The children will benefit more from staying calm and relaxed at this time. Once the children return to school, staff at St Anne's will ensure that any learning continues, gaps are filled and children return to making the progress they were making before the closure.
In Reception, we suggest about 30 minutes to 1 hour of formal learning to take place at home. My daily messages above will point you in the right direction. The subject pages will give you more ideas to further learning and help you get creative.
The government have been busy coordinating an initiative called 'Oak National Academy' which has brought together teachers and experts to create a learning platform that you can use at home. It went live as of April 20th 2020. There are video presentations from Early Years teachers to support learning at home. You might want to supplement your child's day with these. Please click the link below to find daily activities for Reception:
Please try to send me one or two photos or videos of what you're up to. I will upload them to the class webpage (just as we do in school) for the class to see what their friends are up to.
Love and prayers
Things to do Daily
- Daily Prayer
- Daily Fine Motor Control Activities
- Daily Phonics Activities
- Daily Maths Activities
- Share Stories
- Be active
- Go outside
- Be creative
- Make things
- Listen to music
- Have fun
We are currently revising Phase 1 activities which is all about listening to and differentiating between sounds. Things such as rhyming words, words which start with the same letter, making noises and sounds in the environment are all important skills before children learn how to use letters.
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. You might want to keep any activities completed in a scrap book.
Please don’t feel your child needs to be learning all day every day. We suggest between 30 minutes to 1 hour through the 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.
You might like to make a learning 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 with the class 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 - even if they are playing in a different room. 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 or two pictures a week of something your child is proud of. 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 might like to create a little altar at home.
If you do something that works with your child, please let me know so I can share with other parents.