Welcome to Class 1!
Hi everyone, we hope you're ok! Thank you to everyone in year 1 who has managed to get their assessments back into school! If you haven't already can you can get these back to school as soon as you can this will help teachers to plan September!
Science this week - re-growing vegetables! It doesn't just have to be vegetables it could be fruit as well! I'm experimenting with the head of a pineapple this week and seeing if it sprouts some roots and if it does I will have my very own pineapple plant! I can't wait to see what fruit and veg you experiment with!
Miss Ramwell has very kindly got some books together for children to pick up to read at home if your child is not currently attending, they will be put out everyday and you can pick up between 8am - 5pm. ( Children who are attending will change their book weekly while they are in school).
For parents whose children are in year 1 and are not attending school could you please pop into school at some point to collect your child's assessments to be completed at home. Once these are completed they will need to be returned to school before the summer holidays. This will help Miss Ramwell identify any gaps and plan support where necessary in September. If your child is attending school they will complete these assessments during school. We hope you all have a lovely week and keep sending in your photos.
For alternative Phonics activities to practise the sound of the day you can visit some of these websites for ideas/games:
- We had lots of really positive feedback about the Oak National Academy resource that we started using for our English, so we have decided to continue with this resource for now. Please keep letting us know your thoughts on these lessons as we will review it each week. Some of us thought the lessons could be quite long - if this is the case perhaps stop the lesson part way through (when your child is loosing interest) and pick it up again later or the next day. Remember do what works best for you and your child.
- We have also found a fantastic Phonics resource for you to use at home - we have put a link on the planning to this. The website is funded by the Government and teaches your child a sound a day. We have made sure that our planning corresponds with the sound that is being taught. There is no expectation for you to use this (as we are aware we are already using a lot of online learning resources) and you can continue to do whatever works best for the teaching of Phonics. However the resource is there if you feel it is helpful.
- We do not expect you to print out any resources or worksheets for any of the subjects. The resources we provide are for the children to look at and all work can be completed in the exercise books that were sent home. Just make sure you write the lesson and date. For Maths work write the question number you are answering.
- In the home plan we dedicate an hour to English and Maths but we do not expect children to be working/sat at a table for the whole hour. Typically in school, children would have a 5-10 minute teacher input (at home this could be reading the story or the White Rose presentation) and then a 5-15 minute activity. Once children have completed all of the set activities we advise children then learn through their play. You could set up activities linked to their learning to help consolidate what they have just done e.g. a lesson on sharing/halving you could set up a shop and ask them to share the apples equally. Furthermore, if an activity is taking longer than 15 minutes to complete, stop after the 15 minutes and finish either later in the day or during the next lesson.
If you are planning on sending your child back to school they may be feeling super excited or perhaps a little anxious and apprehensive - this is totally normal and to be expected under the circumstances. Below are some activities that can help all children prepare for the return to school:
- If possible, go for walks/drives past school.
- Use a countdown or calendar to indicate when school will begin.
- Re-familiarise your child with school items e.g. get out their school uniform and hang it in their bedroom for them to see.
- Practise the morning routine e.g. waking up early, having breakfast, getting ready etc.
- Replicate school dinner times at home e.g. make them a packed lunch as they would have at school.
- Talk about school - the things that will be different e.g. staffing (having a different teacher), the classroom looking different and talk lots about the positives e.g. what they are excited to do/see.