There are more structured daily tasks on here to keep your children learning whilst they are at home. The daily activities can be found below and are intended to be done in short bursts of 15-20 mins. In school we do short activities and then physical breaks as the children cannot concentrate for long periods of time. Please do not do a whole day of maths, writing or phonics, mix up the different activities as this is what the children are used to in school. The green books are your child’s home learning books so anything you do can be recorded in here. It doesn’t necessarily have to be written, it can include photos and drawings. Most of all make the learning fun and enjoyable, learning should be very practical and engaging at this age!
We are asking that the children complete daily reading, short daily phonics - writing words & short sentences, 2 written tasks, 2 maths tasks, and then completing 1 or 2 topic tasks over the week. There are also music and PE activities for you to do if you wish. If you are unable to complete the tasks for any reason please just let us know.
Don't forget to upload completed tasks onto your child's Class Dojo account. Please ensure you upload the tasks to Biff and Chip Class home learning & not the class pages. We have set the account so you can upload just a photograph.
Thank you for your support.
Story of the week - Writing tasks
In phonics, we are moving onto blending and reading words using the sounds they have learnt but with more consonants before and after the sound e.g. frown, first. It becomes harder for the children to spot the sounds they know within the word and to blend all of the different sounds together. We are particularly practising some of the more tricky sounds such as those with three letters like 'air' or ones that sound/ look similar to others. We are also now learning some new tricky words to use in our sentences so we know how to spell them accurately in our own writing.
The Department for Education produced videos for reception children that are based on the Letters and Sounds programme that we follow in school. Each clip focuses on a different sound and is 15-20 minutes long.
If you feel your child would benefit from extra practise with their phonics, these videos can be freely accessed on You Tube.
MATHS - Counting Objects
TOPIC -Topsy And Tim
- Log onto Oxford Owls – you will need to create a Parent account.
- There are lots of books on there that the children have not read but please ensure you check the stage of book & only read the books from the stage your child is at. They may read books from a previous stage but if you go above that stage they may not have the phonic skills to be able to decode & read the books.
- Please choose 2 books a week to read as we would do in school.
- We would suggest that you begin reading from the Stage 1/ stage 1+ books and then move onto Stage 2.
- None of the children should be reading above Stage 3.
Top tips for writing with your child..
- Draw lines to help your child focus their writing and letter formation.
- Encourage correct pencil grip.
- Ask your child what they want to write. You repeat it back to them and then both say it again.
- Allow your child to sound out for themselves & only support them to sound out if they need encouragement. We would not expect the children to be using “ea” for read, it would be written reed. Day would be dai, fly would be fligh.
- Don’t worry if they miss some of the middle sounds, developmentally children will hear the initial and final sounds before they hear the middle sounds.
- Keep repeating the sentence back to your child to help them remember what to write next.
- Encourage your child to read back what they have written so far so they can keep track of where they are up to.
- Give them lots of praise & encouragement.
- Use your child’s phonics homework book & check which sounds they have learnt so far.
- Practise writing those sounds and write a simple 3 or 4 letter word to go with that sound eg j – jam, ch – chip, ng – ring etc.
- Practise reading & writing Tricky words – Phase 2 words - I, no, go, to, the & into.
- Phase 3 words – he, she, we, me, be, was, are, all, they & you.
- They must be able to spell the tricky words by themselves & use them correctly in a sentence.
Online games to play.
Early Years section
- Shape patterns
- Shape monsters
- Underwater Counting
- Ladybird spots
- Gingerbread man game
- Toy shop money game
- Phonics bloom – phase 2 & phase 3 games.
- Washing line rhyme.
- Slides (final sounds in words)
Go to the free play section or enter Username march20 and Password home. This should enable you to access all games for free.
Play phase 2 or Phase 3 games.
You will have to log in to create an account but there are lots of games on there.
Lots of free phonics & maths worksheets but these will need to be printed.
Online Safeguarding for parents
We want everyone to keep safe during this time. Please can you continue to be mindful of your child’s use of the internet, especially of any social media apps and support them safely in keeping in touch digitally with their friends. Please encourage them to think about online safety rules as they learn and lots of these links can be found on our school website.
Links to Online Safeguarding Site:
We hope that you find this information useful and informative. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or queries through the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
These will be checked frequently Monday – Friday but please be patient for a reply as we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Don't forget to upload completed work onto your child's Class Dojo account for us to see.