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Some children will continue their education in class. It is vital that the children not returning to the school building continue to learn remotely.
If your child will be in school, their day will continue as normal. However we ask that their clothes are changed and washed daily. They may wear their uniform or casual clothes. This is your decision. School lunches will continue in the normal way. The school day is no longer staggered. Please arrive for 8:50am at the classroom door and collect your child at 3:15pm from the same door.
Each day please complete the register on Tapestry by 9:30am. After this time non-attendance will be reported to the attendance team.
The following timetable will be released on tapestry at the set times. There is a flexibility as to when you complete these lessons each day. You may choose to upload your child's tasks and activities all at once or after you have completed each lesson. Please however do add all home observations by 4pm each day.
The teachers are working incredibly hard to provide quality teaching and learning opportunities for both the children in class and at home. Your support is incredibly important as we do not wish for any child to fall behind academically.
Thank you for your continued patience, support and resilience!
Mrs Watts and Miss Holt
Here are some ideas from us to you to help you and your child to enjoy your 'down time' as well as learning time together.
Grab a torch and make shadow puppets on the walls
Fold a piece of paper accordion-style, cut out paper dolls holding hands then colour them in after
Indoor obstacle course (create zig zag laser lines in the hallway with string and get the kids to wriggle underneath or hop in between them. )
Make a den under the kitchen table, take in torches, cushions and snacks
Think of five things beginning with a letter
Glow stick bath
Have an empty chocolate box? Make pretend chocolates out of plasticine to go in it
Build a spaghetti and marshmallow tower
Put on a show!
Line a baking tray with foil, fill it with water and freeze – it’s an ice rink for toys, or a science experiment to see which items have the most traction when you slide them around
Finger painting – draw faces onto your prints afterwards to create bugs, people and more
Make flower perfume with water and flowers in the garden
Gather leaves, paint them and press them onto paper
Have a dance party! Glow sticks add extra fun.
Play hide and seek
Set a Lego challenge (can you build me a dinosaur? A spaceship?)
Build something with clean recycling
Learn how to tie shoelaces
Teach them how to knit or sew
Write funny sentences onto slips of paper, fold them up and put them into a hat then pull them out one at a time, reading aloud to hear your hilarious story unfold!
Use up any old craft kits/colouring books
Make paper bag puppets
Bake something using simple ingredients (look out for our baking blog soon!)
Make faces using bits and pieces from the garden
Choose a fairytale (or any book), and have each person pretend to be a character with one of you as an interviewer/journalist to ask you all questions. Make sure you answer them in character!
Do a simple science experiment such as a volcano, or pour lukewarm water over Skittles sweets on a plate to make a rainbow
Make invisible ink
Do a jigsaw puzzle
Make origami flowers and spritz with a tiny bit of perfume
Create a sock puppet
Make up a story by each taking it in turns to write/say a line
Repurpose cardboard boxes into a dolls house, hospital, vet, parking garage – anything you like!
Make a peg dolly (wooden pegs are best)
Put on a fashion show
Play I Spy
Do yoga (Cosmic Kids is great)
Learn finger knitting
Make a time capsule
Cut out pictures from a magazine then glue and stick
Create a “Favorite Memories” or “Thankful” jar
Build a cardboard castle and paint it
Make a paper boat then float it in the bath
Paint rocks from your garden
Make a suncatcher or a dream catcher
Draw a self portrait
Have a treasure hunt
Plant cress heads (the McDonalds Happy Meal Mr Men cups are great for this!)
Let the kids do your hair (if you dare!!!) and makeup
Have a “Virtual Bake Off” contest with your friends – post your pics (or videos) online in a Whatsapp group and have a bonus prize for the messiest!
Do a blind taste test (blindfold the kids and feed them a range of sweet, salty, sour flavours and let them guess what they’re eating)
Decorate biscuits (any cheap biscuit will do if you don’t want to bake your own, make up some icing and use sprinkles)
Have a movie day with popcorn
Do a chore together
Plant some veggies in the garden
Write letters to grandparents
Create a secret code
Start your own newspaper and have the kids write about what is happening. They could interview relatives and friends over the phone for quotes
Request a song over the radio – challenge friends to do the same and see who gets theirs on first!
Make a bug hotel with things from the garden
Ask the kids to make a reward chart – for the parents!
Dig out old board games
Do a limbo!
Have a pillow fight
Write a journal
Play Simon Says
Learn some card games
Pick a country and learn all about it
Read a book together
Do a mini history project; choose a person/event, research it and write about it or make a poster/cartoon
Learn a few words of a new language
Play skittles (use action figures or tin cans and a ball)
Have a World Book Day – dig into the dressing up box and do crafts themed around a book
Make up a quiz
Have a tea party
Make friendship bracelets
Make chalk drawings on the patio or garden wall
Take a “virtual tour” of a museum
Make homemade pizzas
Host a mini Olympics (wheelbarrow race, etc). Friends can take part online!
Make a party hat/crown
Create your own board game
Have a bubble bath and take some toys in
Explore the garden with a magnifying glass
Make paper planes and see whose flies the highest!
Do the Conga around the house
Make paper outfits for dolls and action figures
Record your own podcast
Play musical bumps and musical statues
Make saltdough ornaments/shapes
Dig out scraps of coloured icing/baking supplies and let the kids decorate a sponge cake
Who can build the tallest tower?
Make fluffy paint
Create masks using paper plates
Download a movie-making app and make movies with your toys
Make musical instruments – it could be as simple as a drum kit with kitchen pans and spoons! Or you could use elastic bands as guitar strings, or dried rice for shakers.
Supporting you to home school your child
* Provide the right environment for learning - turn the television off, perhaps sit at a table or clear a space on the floor. You may find calming background music can help
* Create a daily plan to help to structure the day. Setting times can cause stress if you fall behind. Instead plan what you wish to achieve that day
* Help your child to understand what they are doing and give them plenty of time to practise and make mistakes. We all learn from our mistakes.
* Complete all the work each day rather than allowing tasks to roll over to the next day
* Communicate with Mrs. Watts over Tapestry, send in the work you've completed, feel proud of the achievements you and your child have made!
The children will need to bring their book bag and books to school everyday. The children do not require a full P.E. Kit, just a pair of black pumps please. We do provide some wellington boots but you are welcomed to provide your pair - labelled with your child's name and class. Please label all items of your child's uniform and coat with their name and class (RW).
We follow the guidance in the Development Matters document to teach your children in reception. Your child is aged between 40-60months old and is working towards achieving the 'Early Learning Goals' (ELGs)
The PDF of this document is linked below ...
We follow the document 'Letters and Sounds' to teach phonics in reception. A PDF of this document is linked below. The children learn 4 phonemes (sounds) a week. We use the letter formation images from the scheme 'Read Write Inc' and actions from 'Jolly Phonics' to support our teaching. We recommend using such online games as those found on 'Phonics Bloom' 'Phonics Play' and using your account on 'Reading Eggs' to support your child to consolidate their phonics learning at home. The children receive phonics packs for each phonics phase to support learning at home and parents are informed of the phonemes (sounds) the children are studying each week. In reception, we will study phase 1, phase 2, phase 3, phase 4 and some children may begin phase 5.
In reception we follow the 'White Rose Maths' scheme of learning. A link to the outlined scheme can be found below. The end early learning goals for mathematics are as follows.
ELG 11 Number: Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.
ELG 12 Shape, space and measures: Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.