Covid-19 School Closure
We know that this is a difficult time for families, access to devices might be restricted due to multiple needs within your family. Therefore we are not setting any work that needs to be completed and sent back into school. We would however encourage you to create a routine for your child. This could include time where your child continues to focus on practising and rehearsing their basic skills. We have provided some links to websites below that you might find useful for this. In addition to this children will also get a lot out of the following activities:
· Reading regularly
· Lego or other construction kits
· Practising number bonds to 10 and 20
· Jigsaw puzzles
· Board games
Maths: Length and height
Teach your child how to use a ruler and measure the length and height of objects in centimetres. Encourage your child to measure objects around the house using a ruler and record the measurements in a table. Ask them questions about their results: Which was the longest object? Which was the tallest object? Which was the shortest object? Can you put the objects in order from longest to shortest/tallest to shortest?
English: Retell a familiar story and use question marks and exclamation marks to punctuate sentences.
Read ‘Mrs Armitage Queen of the road’, by Quentin Blake. There is a link below to watch if you do not have a copy of this story.
Encourage your child to retell the key events including what happens at the beginning, middle and end of the story. Your child might find drawing a story map with captions helpful to organise their ideas. Your child should then spend approximately 30 minutes at a time writing the story using capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and the conjunction ‘and.’ Encourage them to use question marks and also exclamation marks, perhaps for the noises the car parts make as they drop off! Bang! They could write the whole story over a number of days.
Play ‘Buried Treasure’ revise phase 2-5 sounds.
This term we have been focusing on the scientific enquiry skills for Year 1 in the National Curriculum. Have a go at one of these science investigations at home.
History: How has London transport changed?
Use the PowerPoint in the link below to teach your child about old and new types of transport. The children saw some of these types of vehicles during our trip to the London Transport Museum. Then encourage your child to use the information on the PowerPoint to create a timeline by drawing pictures of the different types of vehicles and adding captions.
We have been learning about growing and changing. Use the PowerPoint below to talk to your child about what makes them special and how they are similar and different to their friends. Then encourage them to write about why they are special using the sentence stem: I am special because…
This term the children were learning to paint a picture on the school laptops and save their work. They need to learn how to retrieve saved work and continue working on it at a later date. Busy Things has some good options and is offering families a 7 day free trial.
Value of the month empathy:
Draw a picture or write a story about the value of empathy.
Try watching a short French animation or video clip every day or play an on-line French game. There are so many engaging and carefully selected resources available on our school website which will help children to keep children tuned into their French learning. Tivi5 Monde is particularly popular and animations are updated daily. Click here for our French page.
It is important to look after your physical and mental health during this difficult time and staying physically active is a great way of doing that. Although many of us are practising social distancing and staying at home more than we may do normally, there are still lots of things you can do at home to keep your physical activity levels up. Below are 2 very good resources to get you started. Please let Mr Thomas know via email if you have any questions or suggestions.
For the coming months we are also going to change the criteria for our Fielding Sporting Stars page on the website. We want to see videos or photos of what you are doing at home in order to stay active. It could be taking part in one of the ideas below, doing some cosmic yoga or a fitness video online or absolutely anything else. https://www.fieldingprimary.com/fielding-sporting-stars/
Also keep an eye out for the new ‘Fielding’s Always Active’ Challenge which will be coming soon to the website.
Stay active and stay healthy.
‘Real PE at home includes an online programme which supports families to be active, play and learn together. It includes a programme specifically for children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 with 12 themes, 6 areas, over 250 activities and challenges and 1000s of hours of fun and activity. This programme is also great for family play and fun.
It also includes a programme for children in Key Stage 2, with daily and weekly guidance provided for both programmes (starting from next week) in addition to an option to choose your own themes and activities.
https://plprimarystars.com/news/home-learning-activities-school-closures - ‘Maths, English, Physical Activity and Health and Wellbeing for Key Stage 1 (5-7 year-olds) and Key Stage 2 (7-11 year-olds), with fun activities to keep children active and learning at home’
Talking to your child about Coronavirus
A child friendly leaflet to share with your child.
Also look at the links below for how to talk to your child about coronavirus:
Pupils in Year 1 should only be bringing in one healthy fruit snack for playtime, e.g. an apple, a banana or a handful of grapes. You should not provide your child with additional snacks. All pupils from Reception to Year 2 are provided with free fruit provided by the school.
We are very proud to provide a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to attend class cooking sessions during school hours. Sessions commenced in September and an annual voluntary contribution of £12.00 to cover the cost of ingredients has been uploaded to your Laser school cashbook. Your prompt payment is really appreciated.
This academic year exercise books will be sent home so that you can look at your child's learning and progress on the following date:
Week beginning 11th May
The part part-whole model is the concept of a number can be split into two parts. Children using this model will see the relationship between the whole number and the component parts, this helps learners make the connections between addition and subtraction.
Part-whole reasoning also helps pupils to interpret, visualise and solve word problems.
Please see this example of a complete part part-whole. 5 is the whole. 3 is one part. 2 is the final part.
Attached below are two blank part part-whole models.
Top education researchers tell us that homework has minimal impact for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise. We have therefore adapted our routines to reflect this. The routines for children in this year group are as follows:
Class exercise books for English and maths will be sent home once every term for you to review and celebrate your child's progress.
After completing Number Bond Challenge assessments to see where you child is at with their learning. The week beginning 27th January and thereafter , children will be completing number bond challenges according to their level. As soon as they complete that level correctly, they will move to the next one.
Please see the attached documents below to help familiarize yourself and your child with the format for recording their answers. Previous number bonds have also been attached for any further practice.
- Write a review of the book; include what you liked and didn't like about it
- Write a description of your favourite character; what they look like and what their personality is like
- Draw a scene from the book and describe it using adjectives and verbs
- Write 5 facts from the book
- Retell the story in order
- Design your own quiz; write questions (with answers) about the book
- List 10 words from the book that you found interesting, write the meanings of these words
The game below is a useful way of supporting blending. It builds on skills taught in class.
Please find a very helpful link with past papers of the Phonics Screening Check from previous years.