Welcome to the Summer Term.
We hope you are all well and managing to get out in the fresh air as much as possible. Below you will find a variety of ideas for remote learning from your child's teacher. Please use these ideas when you think it is right for your family, don't stress about schoolwork. In September, we can get your children back on track. Right now what we can't do anything about is how your children are feeling. So please share your calm, strength, laughter and love with your children. Your children are exactly where they need to be at the moment.
Please phone the school office if there is anything we can help you with on 01233 614660 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Seesaw/Education City/Purple Mash isn't working, what shall we do?
As all schools across the country are closed and are being told to teach remotely, the strain put on educational website has increased massively. As a result, lots of the educational websites we have suggested are not working as well as they should.
You can avoid the bottleneck times by accessing the learning at less busy times of the day. The busiest times of the day for these websites tends to be in the morning, so try in the afternoon or early evening.
If you cannot access any of the websites we are using, don't worry. We do not expect the work to be done if you can't get to it!
However, if you are in need of a few ideas, here's some activities you could try in the mean time:
- Read a book you haven't read before. (Oxford Owls has some good free books to read online!)
- Read and follow some instructions.
- Put your books in alphabetical order.
- Rank your story books from most to least favourite.
- Choose a word or a sound to hunt for - how many times can you find it?
- Read to your toys - they love books as well.
- Keep a diary every day. This is a really good way to get your feelings out and can be a really good piece of history. We are living through a major historical event!
- Make up a story about one of your favourite characters from a book or a film.
- Draw and write your own comic book.
- Write the lyrics to your favourite song, but change them a little bit!
- Use big chalks to practise writing on the pavement.
- Use different writing tools, like felt pens, crayons, chalk or paint to write with.
- Play Countdown. Can you make a target number using only random numbers?
- Counting - How many toys do you own?
- Sorting - Can you sort your toys into groups, based upon certain criteria (i.e. soft, fluffy, metal, plastic)
- Sorting - Can you order toys from largest to smallest? Heaviest to lightest?
- Find and write down all objects with numbers on them in the house. How many do you have?
- Measure and record the length of a bean plant as the days go on.
- Bake a cake
- How many small containers of water fit into one large container?
Remote Learning For Parents and Carers and Children, Too!
We have never really been in a situation like this before, it is important to remember that we are all learning how to learn from home.
Before you dive head-first into your teacher’s activities, take a moment to read some top tips about learning from home.
- Get yourself ‘ready for school’ before you start your home learning. Have breakfast, get washed and dressed to tell your brain it is ‘work time'.
- Make a special place for work. It could be a den, a desk or a quiet room. It is important that you can concentrate.
- READ! READ! READ! READ! Read something, anything, everyday! Reading is good for the soul, and is amazing for your brain. You can read books, papers, magazines, comics, instructions. There are loads of free books online you can read!
FOR PARENTS AND CARERS:
- Learning will not just happen because of these activities. Learning is curiosity about the world. Foster curiosity by asking questions and being genuinely interested in the answers. Ask ‘why?’ a lot! A love of learning is more important than whether a work sheet has been done.
- Environments that foster learning are calm. No one learns well under pressure. If you or your children are finding the task tricky, take a break and come back to it. If they really cannot get their head around it, try it in another way. Ideally, these activities should be as practical as possible.
- These activities will not take as long as they do at school, because there are less children and less time for the teacher to explain things. If you have finished for the day, go in the garden, play some imaginative games, create a den, construct some crafts, make some art! Share these with us!
Our team are as follows:
Cherry Class - Mrs Wood, Mrs Pestridge, Ms Spring and Mrs K
Lime Class – Miss MacDonell, Miss Mason, Miss Wedge
Maple Class – Miss Mullen, Mrs Clark, Mrs Hamblin and Mrs Davis
Although this an important year as the children will be doing their SATS tests in May (more information to follow), we have lots of fun things in store and our Connected Learning covers The Great Fire of London, Pirates, Space, Plants, Animals and Oceans.
In Maths, the curriculum involves using concrete and pictorial methods to solve calculations. By the end of Year 2 the children are expected to know their 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times table. Apps such as ‘Squeebles’ and online games such as ‘Hit the Button’ will help the children with the speed of recall in a fun and engaging way.
In English, the children are continuing with Letters and Sounds. Units include, stories in familiar settings, poetry, playscripts, persuasive writing and instructions. There is a key focus on grammar, spelling and punctuation. We look at specific rules and patterns each week and it would benefit the children to be able to spell all of the common exception words for Year 2.
We would appreciate you reading daily with your child and practising the spellings and times tables as this will have an impact on their confidence in lessons.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with any of our team.