Watch the year 2’s detailed sketches come to life with the use of colour. 🎨
Well done Year 2!
Many thanks to Mrs Toms for this week's bedtime story
John Lewis have launched 'Feel Good Friday'. Each Friday they provide suggestions of activities to do with the family.
In addition, they are holding a design a bear competition.
"In honour of our incredible carers at the NHS, we need designs for superhero-themed bears – don’t feel like you have to stick to the traditional brown bear – we want to see all kinds of super teddies.
Try and incorporate unique elements through colours, patterns, capes, masks – whatever feels exciting for you, but please avoid using any recognisable icons in your designs, such as the ‘NHS’ lettering or Superman logos."
Dear parents and carers,
We hope you are all keeping well during this difficult time.
We wanted to share some information with you to try and help you with the challenges of homeschooling, particularly for those children who have Special Educational Needs.
On the homepage of the school website there is a link to "SEN Parent Advice" which links to some great websites and information pages.
You may have also recently seen our post about the Oak National Academy. This is an online platform to help parents educate their children from home. For children with Special Educational Needs, you may have found some of these lessons have been challenging.
Below are some tips to help your children complete these activities:
- If your child finds writing challenging, can they answer the questions verbally rather than writing down answers? Can they tell a teddy the answer? You could model the answer first.
- Take time to do the lessons. Your child may need to hear the teacher's instructions several times. Some children find it very difficult to process what the teachers are saying and need it repeating. Don't think they are not listening, they need time.
- Try the year group below. Even if it is an activity they are capable of, the consolidation of skills is always valuable.
- Don't feel like you have to do English and maths tasks everyday, other subjects are also incredibly worthwhile and this may be where your child really shines.
- Don't feel like you have to complete the entire lesson, you can dip in and out of the lessons, or just do the parts you want to do.
- If your child is not engaging with the lesson, try another day. It does not matter if they do not complete all or even any of these lessons. These lessons have been made to aid homeschooling, please do not worry if your child cannot or does not want to complete them.
The BBC has also launched its own series of lessons to help with homeschooling. There are some great activities and games on here for the children. The children enjoy watching lots of the video teaching clips on this website. If your child has limited IT skills, don't let this prevent them from completing the task. Your child doesn't have to do the whole lesson themselves, helping them out is ok! The BBC have also added a SEND Toolkit which directs you to a number of different resources specifically created for children with Special Educational Needs.
Please do remember, learning does not have to be whilst seated at a table with an exercise book or screen in front of your child. Often the best, most magical, lifelong learning experiences, come from children actively engaged in their learning. So when you think your child has completed no learning today - just think what they have learnt...
They played outside in the garden with their sister - they learnt to compromise, negotiate, take turns...
They just played with their Lego - they strengthened their fine motor skills, fundamental to being able to write, they interpreted and read instructions..
They only played with their dolls - your child used their imagination to create characters and stories.
They made up dances and sang - your child is exercising their brain, particularly their working memory, essential for learning...
They only read their own book which they've already read over and over again - your child is practising reading, practise is fundamental for new learning to be embedded into the long term memory. They are learning a wider vocabulary, they are enjoying themselves!
We went for a walk - exercise is so important for both physical and mental health. They may have spotted numbers, patterns, animals, plants whilst walking.
They just painted a picture - your child thought about colours and shapes, your child experienced different textures. Your child used their imagination to think about the picture they wanted to create.
You may feel that your child is missing out or falling behind but there are so many skills that they will be learning at home. Learning doesn't have to be sitting down and completing a planned activity - learning is everywhere.
If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Burnett or Mrs Drinkwater at firstname.lastname@example.org
The current situation can be very confusing for our children. They may feel anxious, scared or upset and this may show through many different behaviours.
Below are a list of websites and resources which you may find helpful to read/use with your children to support their wellbeing:
If there is anything in particular you are looking for or would like support with please feel free to contact me (email@example.com) and I will do my best to help.
Dear Parents and Carers
As you are all aware, you are set to have your children at home for at least the next few weeks. As a school, we are very aware of how challenging home schooling can be, especially whilst trying to work and often in a very busy house (I speak from painful first-hand experience of this!). We have worked very hard to put in place a home learning system where we are offering daily activities for English and maths that provide a level of challenge but allow the children to complete these independently. Alongside this, we have our weekly theme and our staff have been coming up with lots of creative ideas, which your children are really embracing.
We are constantly reviewing our provision and we wanted to share with you some additional resources, which have become available and we think will support your child when learning from home. Firstly BBC have launched their online learning tools which we have out a link to on our school website. In addition to this the Oak National Academy has been launched. This is an Online National Platform to help parents educate their children at home.
Each day 3 hours of lessons for children will be released with online lessons, interactive quizzes and independent activities for the children to complete.
Our team has spent today looking at the resources and here are our suggestions:
We feel that some of the learning will be a bit easy for our children and that seeing lots of different teachers may confuse them. We will continue to set daily activities on our website for Reception children. We do think the maths lesson on Oak Academy would be useful so you might want to try some of these
Year 1 - Year 4
We really like the English and Maths lessons and they cover many areas that we would be doing in school. If possible, we would like to you to have a go at doing these activities daily. We feel that the Foundation lessons do not fit with our current curriculum and we would like you to continue to have a go at the Purple Mash activities and our weekly creative activities. We will continue to set daily English and Maths tasks on our website and you have the choice to do either these or the Oak Academy lessons.
We appreciate that to do the lessons you need to have access to a laptop or tablet. The Government are looking to support families with this but we are currently awaiting details on how this will work.
When you try this initially, your child will need some support to navigate the site and understand the tasks but I think within a day or two they will be able to do lots of this independently (I have used my own children as guinea pigs today!). To support you I have uploaded a ‘how to’ guide and we have put all the links you will need up on our school website.
For Pupils with Special Educational Needs you may wish to access an earlier year group’s learning. Mrs Burnett is reviewing the guidance for SEN pupils using the Oak Academy and will be in touch with an update this week.
Finally, it is really important to stress that at this time the most important thing for all of us is that we have happy children (& parents) who feel safe. All of the learning we are setting is to support you with home educating but if the way we are doing this does not work, please ask us for help. Any feedback on the home learning will help us lots so please feel free to contact me on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks for all your support and stay safe
Dear Parents and Carers,
So as we enter a new week in an extended lockdown I do hope you are all doing OK. The teachers will continue to call you every few weeks but please call the school in-between if you are struggling with anything. We are in this together and we are here to help you. I speak on behalf of all the staff when I say we really miss you all.
In these strange times please don’t be too hard on yourselves. You are all doing the best that you can in the circumstances. No-one has ever done this before so try not be judgemental. Fundamentally your children staying at home is about being safe and not about you trying to provide a world class education. As I have said before, please don’t get stressed if the worksheets don’t get done or your 'home school' has an off day. Please don't worry about children regressing in their learning - we have a fantastically talented team who will pick up the education of your children when they come back to school.
In terms of education news, the Government has announced today a ‘major package to support online learning’.
Disadvantaged children across England are set to receive laptops and tablets as part of a push to make remote education accessible for pupils staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak. We will review the detail of this to see if any of you qualify.
Also, Oak National Academy is due to launch tomorrow. This is a brand-new enterprise created by 40 teachers from some of the leading schools across England, backed by government grant funding. It will provide 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects from maths to art to languages, for every year group from Reception through to Year 10.
From an initial view this looks great and we will see how we can make this fit alongside what we are posting daily. We will provide a guide and share some good ways you can use it ASAP.
On a lighter note I have included a very hard picture puzzle this week. Where is this in school? I will be very impressed if someone gets this right. Also enjoy this week’s videos!