Hello everyone and welcome back to school. I hope you had a lovely relaxing Christmas holiday and have been enjoying being outdoors in the ice and snow!
As you will know, from Monday 11th of January all learning will be online. We have been busy preparing packs for your learning which have been put in your red folders and will require to be collected from the school on Friday 8th January.
The next 3 weeks of learning will be from these packs. Please do not rush through the Literacy and Numeracy packs. Each Monday I will post a weekly timetable on Teams outlining activities for each day. There will be literacy, numeracy and further activities such as Health and Wellbeing, Outdoor Learning or Technology tasks to be completed each day, similar to the structure of our school day.
Each day you will be asked to submit completed tasks to assignments on Teams. You should be familiar with this from homework tasks however help and tips are available under the Help and Support tab on the main page.
Sumdog provides learning at the appropriate level for every child and can be completed independently allowing you some time to do other things! The school is also running a Sumdog Spelling and Maths competition each week. Please encourage your child to participate in these.
Please do not overly worry or stress about the learning. Do your best and complete what you can of the activities and remember if you need any help or support please contact me through Teams or by email us using the address below.
Our PATHS programme could be very helpful during this time at home. The children are very good at expressing their feelings and how they can deal with those feelings to allow them to feel comfortable again. You might even want to create compliment sheets for different people at home! Here are some suggestions from this programme to try and the link to their page.
How Else Can You Help Your Child at Home?
Read as often as you can with your child. Use their bookmark reading strategies to help with any tricky words. Try to read a mixture of easy read books and more challenging books. Read to your child too. Links to online books can be found further down the page.
At the start get make a prediction about what they think might happen in the story or stop throughout the book to make predictions of what might happen next. You could try activities like:
- summarising the reading
- finding punctuation/phonic sounds/nouns/adjectives etc
- creating an illustration of their favourite part of the book
- discuss the ‘3 Sharings’. These are:
Likes and dislikes about the story, puzzles (things or events they don’t understand) and connections to their own experiences or feelings.
Encourage your child write. Have paper, pens and pencils available for any type or writing – stories, news, recipes, letters, lists or cards for people are a few ideas. They have weekly writing tasks so these activities should be fun extra activities.
Count in 2s, 5s and 10s forwards and backwards, you could do this by passing a ball and taking turns at varying speeds. Practise writing numbers to 100 then 1000 in numbers and words. Use dice or playing cards to play addition and subtraction games. Create patterns with objects at home. Use real money is a shop context to identify coins and notes, count coins and work out change. Try to Beat Your top score on Big Maths Beat That.
To help with maths learning this site provides virtual manipulatives
Don’t forget children still learn so much through play! Please encourage your children to play independently and with others in your household
Please also remember that every day activities such as making the bed or a cup of tea are learning too. These are life skills and some will be a great help to you too!
Additional resources during school closure:
BBC are providing daily programmes for Primary School from 9 am
https://www.getepic.com/ free 30 day trial
https://www.storylineonline.net/ audio books
Sumdog Spelling – username and password in red folder
Both above take you to a main index for the age group – there are a variety of games on each including our popular Hit the Button game.
French with Mr Innes – various topics YouTube