Hello and welcome to Spring term in Willow classes,
Again very different to what we are used to. Some of you will be accessing school work from home and some of you will be attending school. We would like to reassure you, the work children are completing is the same at both home and school. The work given is exactly how it is set on our weekly timetable.
In term 3 our connected learning is 'Transport'. Our English is linked to the book 'Naughty Bus' and we will be learning about various forms of transport, making a model of bus, looking at boats and other floating objects. In Term 4 our connected learning theme will be 'Our Family' where we will we learning how everyone's family is different and the various traditions and celebrations we celebrate.
Our Phonics journey will continue following phase 3 of Letters and Sounds as we start learning new digraphs. Children also continue to practise CVC blending and segmentation in this phase and will apply their knowledge of blending and segmenting to reading and spelling simple two-syllable words and captions. They will learn letter names during this phase, learn to read some more tricky words and also begin to learn to spell some of these words and simple sentences.
For Maths in term 3 we are continuing to learn about numbers to 5 and then moving onto 6,7 and 8. We are deepening our learning by looking at how we make each of these numbers and how objects or pictures can represent these numbers. We are encouraging their reasoning skills by asking them to prove and explain what they are thinking. They will be immersed in mathematical language and resources which will help to support their understanding of each of these numbers. We will also be exploring mass and capacity in a range of practical contexts, allowing opportunity for a range of real life situations.
In term 4 we will continue to explore the numbers 6,7 and 8 before moving onto 9 and 10. We will be comparing numbers to 10 and begin to think about pairs of numbers that make 10 (number bonds).
In RE we will explore the question: "What do Christians believe is special about Jesus and the message he brings?". We will be listening to stories from the New Testament and learning what disciples are.
For those of you whose children are working from home, we know how it can sometimes be difficult to maintain children's focus for a long period of time, so please do not worry if your child doesn't complete all of the tasks. As you know in Early Years there is much emphasis on learning through play and we encourage your child to take time away from the screen and play, just like the children in school will be doing in their 'discover and do' times.
As always, if you need to contact us, this can still be done via the school office on 01233 614660 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to the Autumn Term.
We welcome you and your child to their first term at John Wesley. We hope you are all well and managing to to find your new 'normal' in these unpresidented times. As things are slightly different to how we would usually do them and we do not get to see you at drop off and collection times, please if you have something to let us know; leave a message with the member of staff on the gate and your message will be passed on. Alternatively you can contact the school office.
Please phone the school office if there is anything we can help you with on 01233 614660 or email on email@example.com
Welcome to Willows
Welcome to Willow Class. We have 2 rooms; Willow Leaf and Willow Branch. The children are free to explore both rooms and the outside area during ‘Discover and Do’ time. The teachers in Willow Leaf are Mrs Challoner and Mrs Quaglia, and in Willow Branch, Mrs Matthews and Mrs Quaglia. The Teaching Assistants are Mrs McVitie, Miss Wedge and Mrs Hopkins.
We usually start the day with register and worship, followed by Phonics, in which the children learn their letter sounds. They love interacting with our Phonics puppets during these sessions. Throughout the day there are teacher led inputs for English, Maths and handwriting. During the child initiated ‘Discover and Do’ time the children can explore activities relating to all the different areas of learning.
This term our connected learning theme is ‘Traditional Tales’ We have been reading The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs and The Elves and the Shoemaker and our learning in other areas of the curriculum is based around these.
Listed below are some useful websites that you may wish to look at with your child. Please do not feel the need to complete activities on them, they are purely listed as suggested ideas you may wish explore with your child. We found them to be extremely useful during lockdown.
As well as Seesaw, there are some fantastic websites you can access whilst your child is at home. Below are some links and information:
Twinkl are offering free access for parents during school closures. The site has worksheets and activity ideas for all subjects.
Oxford Owl for Home https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
You need to register for an account, but it is free to join. This site has lots of free e-books, activity sheets and maths games.
Literacy Trust https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/
This site is free to access and contains videos, links to stories online and activity sheets.
Khan Academy www.khanacademy.org
You need to register for a free account and then create an account for your child. This site is American, but if you choose courses/ early math at the top there are some interactive Maths activities that are appropriate.
ICT Games https://www.ictgames.com/
This site has free Maths and English Games. There is no need to register and you can adapt the games to suit your child’s knowledge.
Classroom Secrets https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/
You can create a free account for this site and it contains Maths activities. (Just select EYFS tab at the top).
White Rose https://whiterosemaths.com/
This Maths site has introduced a fee home learning area. At the moment, the content for EYFS (Reception) is coming soon. However some of the Year 1 activities may be appropriate.
Hammond Education https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5f9v0bDywz0UKkJW3Ik1EQ
This YouTube site has ideas of Phonics games you could play with your child.
Phonics Play https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
This site has introduced a free login. There are lots of phonics games on here. (Choose phase 2 and phase 3 on the tabs on left hand side of screen).
Mr Thorne’s Phonics Geraldine the Giraffe https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7sW4j8p7k9D_qRRMUsGqyw
There are lots of videos on here about different sounds the children have learnt in Phonics. The children love Geraldine!
Mystery Science www.mysteryscience.com
You need to register for a free account. This is another American site, but the Mystery Science units for Grade K have some nice videos and activities. The ‘Plant and Animal Secrets’ unit may be of particular interest, as the children have been learning about plants and growth.
DK Find out https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/
There is no need to register for this site. Some of the activities (particularly the Maths and English ones) are a bit too high level for reception children. However, if your child is interested in animals or dinosaurs there are some lovely images and facts you can share with them.
Red Ted Art https://www.redtedart.com/
This site has some lovely art and craft ideas using everyday materials.
The Imagination Tree https://theimaginationtree.com/
This site has practical ideas for English, Maths and Science as well as lots of creative projects for your child to get stuck into!
You need to create a free account. This site introduces children to coding on the computer. There are helpful tutorials you can watch to get started.