This page has been created to provide you with some ideas for the weeks ahead, whilst schools are closed to the majority of pupils.
Please remember that this is a difficult time for the children, as well as the adults across the community. Our children need to feel comforted and loved right now – they are more than likely feeling anxious but may not know why, they are just picking up on feelings from the adults around them. Although the thought of being off of school for a prolonged time may be nice initially, the reality of this is that they are trapped at home and not seeing family and friends.
To support your children, there is no need to have a perfect schedule. We are not asking you to ‘Home – School’ – we are asking you to provide opportunities that you may not normally have the time to do together. Activities that are fun and exciting and that you enjoy as a whole family. You may like to play outside and go on walks; bake cookies and paint pictures; play board games and watch movies; do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo; start a book and read together as a family; snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing. Don’t worry about their academic progress at this point. Every child is in this boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will address their needs from wherever they are.
Over the coming weeks, you may see an increase in behaviour issues with your children. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally – it will happen. You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behaviour in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.
If we can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your children’s mental health will be more important than their academic skills. How they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during these weeks. Please bear that in mind, every single day.
Click here for an example timetable of things you might like to do in a day
Literacy and Maths
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ A range of online activities to play for Maths and English Year R – Search Early Years resources Year 1 and 2 – search KS1 resources
https://www.ictgames.com/ A range of online games to play for English and Maths
www.twinkl.co.uk Range of printable activities for all subjects. Year R – look at the EYFS tab. Year 1 and 2 – look at the KS1 tab.
Twinkl have set up a Learning hub with new activities everyday.
Twinkl Free access code: PARENTSTWINKLHELPS
Twinkl Free access code: UKTWINKLHELPS
Go here to activate free Twinkl access during closure. https://www.twinkl.com/resources/covid19-school-closures
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ A range of e-books for children to read
www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk Lovely phonic comics to read
www.phonicsplay.co.uk Lovely games for reading phonetic words and high frequency words. Games for sentence building.
Username: march20 Password: home
Lovely phonic comics to read at www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk
www.teachyourmonstertoread.com Free website for phonics. The app has a cost.
http://www.pobble365.com/ A lovely website with pictures to stimulate discussions, which will develop children’s language and vocabulary. This could also be used for writing tasks.
https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html A lovely website with pictures to stimulate discussions, which will develop children’s language and vocabulary. This could also be used for writing tasks.
https://stories.audible.com/discovery Audible stories to listen to.
https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html#!/ ebook reader is free for children. You just need to sign up.
www.numbots.com Free access during school closure. Those children in school on Friday 20th March came home with a log in and password. Contact the school via email to request yours.
www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks The videos are great for teaching mathematical concepts.
https://www.themathsfactor.com/ This is free during school closures
Every day at 9am Joe Wicks is doing a PE lesson for the nation!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers Lots of movement sessions and these are also linked to Literacy and Numeracy!
www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga Yoga for children
Purple Mash app or online https://www.purplemash.com/sch/cove-infant
Find login details in the back of your child’s reading record book!
Lots of online activities to conduct….make your own music, draw, write and play games.
Lots of activities for a range of subjects. Log in details should be in the back of their reading record books.
Science History and Geography
Some wonderful webcam links that you can use as virtual school trips! Also some lovely activity sites.
https://kids.sandiegozoo.org lots of animal facts, some games and activities and wonderful webcams!!
www.frugalfun4boys.com/bird-cams-to-watch/Webcams which look at a range of birds!
https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/panda-cam/ Range of different animal webcams
https://www.360cities.net/image/view-from-the-eiffel-tower View from the Eiffel Tower
https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm Visit some National Parks
https://aqua.org/Experience/Blacktip-Reef Look at the black tip sharks and other creatures.
https://explorify.wellcome.ac.uk/ Science activities
Year R E-Learning
We hope you are enjoying the weather this week. Please work through the pack your child has taken home with them. Below we have provided some fun activities for you child to keep busy with, we will update these, so please do come back and check. Remember use this time to spend some quality time with your child. Provide them with tasks to keep them active and opportunities to help you with everyday tasks. Lets work together to allow your child to embrace the love of learning and enjoy each day!
Please click on the image above to enlarge it.
Do you remember when we received our chick eggs? I am sure the children came running home when they found a baby chick chirping away in the incubator! The children even had the opportunity to watch a chick hatch out of its egg whilst in school. This does not happen often as the chicks hatch when it is quiet. So you can imagine how quietly they watched in absolute awe!
We even got it on video. Talk to your child about what is happening in the video. How does it pip? Why does the chick look tired? Talk about the visual differences in a newly hatched chick and the one walking around. Get your child to draw a picture of a chick and label it. Do they remember what the chicks like to do in their brooder box? There are some more pictures to see on our Year R page.
If your child has made their dinosaur model and did not get a chance to bring it into school or if they are making them, please do send pictures of their models through ‘Evidence me’. We would love to have a look at them. Any dinosaur home learning you do, please upload pictures. For those of you who have been sending images/notes through ‘Evidence me’. Thankyou very much! We love seeing what the children have been up to 🙂
Mrs Moody has also been busy recording a bedtime story for the children. We hope you like it!
Year 1 E-Learning
We hope you are enjoying the lovely weather and getting outside in the garden if you can! Please don’t feel that your child needs to be sat down at an activity for long periods, during their time at home. You know your child and the things that interest them so use this as a tool for their learning. The most valuable thing that you can do for your child right now is to spend time with them and ensure they are happy. Talking to them and building up their vocabulary is just as essential for their development! In school, we have been learning to skip, chalking pictures on the ground and gardening. It is also important for your child to have time to themselves to play and do whatever they want so don’t feel you need to have something planned for every minute of the day.
Please do check out our Year 1 page too as we are archiving the activities for each week so you can go back to them. We are also leaving messages on there too!
Below are some ideas of things you could do over the next week. We will aim to update this page with new ideas weekly so keep checking back!
Miss Maries and Miss Baldwin have set 6 challenges on the My City page on Education City! Have a go and see what you can do! We have also set 2 activities in the 2Do section of Purple Mash – make a piece of Music and create a leaflet about rubbish and recycling!
Make a time capsule that you will open when you are 30 years old.
There is a big event happening in the world right now which will become an important part of history! Just as we loved finding out about the Great Fire Of London, in many years to come, people will talk about schools being closed in 2020.
Make a time capsule and place items inside an envelope. On the outside write that you cannot open it until you are 30 years old!
Here are some things you could put inside….
- Be like Samuel Pepys and write a diary about only being allowed to go on one walk per day, about not having to go to school.
- Measure your height with a piece of string.
- Take a photo of your family.
- Write about your favourite colour, food, movie and who your best friends are.
- Take a photo on your daily walk of the empty roads or quiet motorway.
Once you are finished, seal the envelope and ask your grown up to put it somewhere safe. You can’t open it until you are 30 years old!
Miss Maries has been out in her garden and she has found some beautiful flowers. Can you find out the names of them? (We will post these later in the week!)
Have a look in your garden. Do you have any of these flowers? Do you have any different flowers? There are plant identifier apps you can download where you take a photo and it names the flower. Miss Maries uses iplant.
Talk about garden plants and wild flowers. What is the difference (One is placed there and is looked after, whilst the other is left to fend for itself).
Find items around your house and look at the materials they are made from. Can you name the materials?
Now look at some properties…….Properties describe what the material is like.
Can you find some objects around the house and discuss their properties.
Try to use these words – transparent, rough, smooth, hard, soft, bumpy, shiny, dull, stretchy, stiff, absorbent, opaque.
Try learning our new words. Can children understand the meaning of the word? Can they use it in a sentence?
Secluded – quiet, private place away from others.
Can your child find a secluded place in the house?
Eg The children went into a secluded forest.
Courageous – brave, not put off by danger.
Year 2 E-Learning
Butterflies and Dragonflies,
Thank you for cuddling Mummy and Daddy when the world turned weird.
Thank you for talking to your family.
Thank you for being brave and following the rules.
Thank you for staying in and keeping safe.
You might miss us, please know we miss you!
Mrs Paramore and Mrs Webb
Learning at home does not have to be like it is at school. We do not all have the same things in our homes so we cannot all do the same things.
That does not mean do nothing, but does mean you have a choice. If your grown-up tells you to do something, please listen and do it. We would like it to be done to the best of your ability.
We have given you some ideas below. Start by choosing something that sounds fun for you to do.
Where in the world…
Food is such an important part of our lives. We need to eat to stay fit and healthy.
Where in the world does the food in your cupboard come from?
Look on the packets and the tins.
Read the labels and look for the flags.
Some food does not tell you and that is okay. It fun to go on a food hunt.
What item in your cupboard or fridge has come the furthest?
Do any items come from the same place?
Look up the countries on Google Maps.
Enjoy explore the world hidden inside your kitchen.
Our clothes are another item that comes from all around the world. Inside each item on clothes you should find a label telling you where is made. Some clothes do not have this label but most will.
How many items do you own from China?
How many of your t-shirt are made in UK?
Where is your coat made?
Enjoy hunting and exploring the world hidden inside your wardrobe and draws.
Look at a map. (We have included a link to Google Maps Below)
Can you find any countries being with the same letters in your name?
To view the Year 2 Reading, Writing and Maths learning click on the Year 2 page.
At the bottom of the Year 2 page you will also find a copy of all Year 2 learning from previous weeks in lockdown.