Welcome to our “Home Learning” page.
Firstly, a big thank you to parents and carers for your effort and patience in helping your child get started on Monday 23rd March on Seesaw, our new learning platform. As we said on the newsletter last week, the aim is that each morning your child’s class teacher will explain the learning activities for the day on the class Seesaw account.
It is very important for your child to log in to SeeSaw over these first few days and begin to access the daily work being set. To log in please follow the clear steps outlined on the paper handout that was given to your child (or included in their pack and sent home) on either Thursday or Friday last week (19th and 20th March 2020). It is crucial to keep this log in sheet safe – we recommend sticking it into your child’s home learning exercise book provided – as it will be needed any time the account has been logged out, in order to log in again.
Please do encourage your child to keep up with the work that is set – a ‘routine’ that works for you at home can help - and to take pride in their Home Learning exercise book. We are working hard to find the balance between maintaining good learning habits, setting work that will deepen skills and knowledge and still offering a flexibility that we know parents and children will need when working from home. We are suggesting the following 'timetable’ for daily home learning:
All the activities and ideas listed below are intended to be fairly general and could work well for children of various ages and abilities.
The first suggestion that we have is reading. If you read for just 20 minutes a day, then you will learn more than 2 million words per year! Sharing stories with adults and your brothers and sisters, or reading alone each day has many benefits. Remember that books don’t necessarily have to be school books; you can read a wide range of other things too – magazines, websites, whatever you are interested in.
Listening to stories is also a brilliant way to share stories. The World Book Day Website, (https://www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/) has many different audiobooks available until the end of March, which you can listen to for free.
Along with reading for pleasure, you could keep a diary or log of what you have been reading and complete tasks such as:
- Draw and describe a character from a book (using the clues in the text)
- Predict what will happen next and why
- Create a glossary of words you didn’t know
- Write an alternate ending to a story
- Transform part of a story into a playscript
- Draw a map of the setting from a story
- Find your favourite 5 bits of description in a text
- Use your reading to focus on vocabulary, magpie words and phrases that you would like to use in your writing
Some ideas for writing activities are:
- Do some cooking or play a board game and write instructions for it
- Look through some photos of an old trip out or holiday and write a report about it
- Try writing haikus (poems with 3 lines – 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables) about favourite animals
- Write an acrostic poem about your topic or favourite book
- Book recommendations, what have you been reading and why should others read it?
- Research a key event from history and write a newspaper report from the time
- Keep a diary
- Watch Horrible Histories and write in the style of Terry Deary
- Write a story inspired by one of the settings on the website Pobble 365
- Practise your current and previous spelling lists using Spelling Shed
The curriculum overviews for each year group can be found within ‘Our Learning’ and ‘Curriculum’ on the school website and you might think about your class topic and research your inspirational figure or find out more about the area that interests you the most. Remember you can capture your learning in a variety of ways - be creative!
The maths ‘topics’ that are being covered this half term for each year group are also on the curriculum overviews for each year group. Some initial tasks that focus specifically on year group expectations have been set on Mathletics and further tasks will follow soon. The Mathletics site allows children to compete on ‘Live Mathletics’ further practising fluency of important mental methods – as a general rule, children should aim to compete on the Live Mathletics ‘Level’ that is the same number as the year group they are in.
The following websites are good for general times tables and other maths practice (other website links to follow soon):
Some other ideas for maths activities are:
- Practice telling the time using analogue clocks, saying times in the 12 hour (am and pm) and 24 hour clocks as well as ‘saying’ the time and work out time ‘intervals’ (e.g. if it’s 11:25am now, how long is it until lunch time at 12:30pm?)
- Playing maths related board games – Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, dominoes
- Play card games that use maths skills
- Go into the garden and practise number bonds to 10, 20, 50 or 100 (or 1000 and more for Years 5 and 6) whilst throwing and catching a ball – e.g. for bonds to 20, the thrower says “13 and …” the catcher says “7”
- Practice money skills using real coins, making a pretend shop and working out totals and change; Years 5 and 6 could work out new prices with % discounts
- Have a look at other ideas in our Mastering Maths at home booklet that has been shared previously – click on the picture below as a link
Have a look at BBC Bitesize Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology on here:
Try some coding by downloading a free app called “Bee-Bot” which you can find here:
This takes a step by step approach from the first beginnings to some far more challenging things (which might even be an interesting test for parents).
If you’d rather not download an app this website has a similar purpose:
Other things to keep you busy…
- Try some learning outside, by helping with gardening; using RSPB bird identifiers and doing a tally for what garden birds you can spot; try some of the Woodland Trust’s activities on http://www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/categorymenu/?cat=activities
- Do some interesting art – use some toys to make a bigger picture. Can you make a picture out of lego? Can you make a picture out of toy cars? Or pencils?
- Take pictures of interesting things from interesting angles. Can your family guess what they are?
- Do some real-life drawing – pick 4 different objects and see how accurately you can draw them. Take your time and observe carefully!
- Draw a map/plan of a new school or design you ideal house – what would it need to have? How would you fit it all together?
- What’s the biggest tower you can make from scrap paper or card?
- Make some boats to float in your bath – what materials work best? Why?