If your child is starting school in September, please watch this welcome slideshow to get a glimpse of all the exciting activities we will be doing. We warmly welcome you to St Peters School, and look forward to seeing you all soon. Watch the short video clip below to meet your new teachers!
Chestnut Class Home Learning
Hello Chestnut Class,
We are now using Google Classroom to provide you with a more interactive home learning experience. Please log in to Chestnut class’s classroom using the instructions you were sent, to find this week’s activities.
Best wishes, Miss Thasan
Daily Learning Activities
There are many activities you can do with your child at home, to keep them busy and support their learning. To continue to support your child’s learning while school is closed, please see the activities that can be done each day. We have suggested some fun tasks below. Play based learning is the most fun and effective way for your child to acquire new skills, as well as practise and consolidate prior knowledge. Please note that the activity ideas, and suggested times for each activity are a guideline, and will depend on each individual child. Please don’t put pressure on yourselves or your children to get these activities done, they are just suggestions. Enjoy the time you have with each other at home, playing and talking together.
Reading (15-20 minutes)
Please read with your child every day. You can use the reading books sent home from school, as well as books you have at home. Please listen to your child as they read to you, but also take any opportunity to read to them as well. After reading together, it is important to talk about the text that you have just shared. You could discuss your favourite parts of the story or how the characters were feeling.
Please click on the link reading-support for guidance on the types of questions you could ask and discussions you could have.
For free audiobooks by David Walliams go to: https://soundcloud.com/harpercollinspublishers/sets/david-walliams-1
For free online books and guidance with reading, please visit Oxford Owl: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/home/reading-site/find-a-book/library-page?type=book&view=&query=gingerbread This website has access to eBooks that your child will be familiar with. You can browse the books by age, series or level. This site also has access to other learning resources for different subjects.
To listen to stories for free, go to: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
https://readon.myon.co.uk/library/browse.html This site has thousands of books available where you can browse by categories. For example; About me, Animals or Science.
High Frequency Words – Reading & Spelling (10 minutes)
Children can practise their bookmark words at home, and make sentences with the word packs. Please refer to their reading diaries for the list of 45 sight words that the children should know. If your child can read these words already, the next step is to spell them! A few word games that the children have enjoyed are: snap, tic tac toe, and bingo.
Handwriting (10-15 minutes)
Please click on the links below for handwriting sheets you could do with your child. Remember to encourage your child to start from the correct place in order to ensure correct letter formation. Fine motor skills can also be exercised through fun activities such as junk modelling, Lego, painting and playdough.
Phonics Practice (20 minutes)
Using the sound sheet in your child’s reading diary, go through all the sounds we have learnt in class, along with their rhymes, eg ‘ai, snail in the rain’. Choose a phase 3 sound to focus on eg ‘sh’. Together, think of words that have this sound in it eg ‘shed, sheep, rush, fish’. Robot the words eg ‘f-i-sh’, ‘sh-e-d’. Write some words with the ‘sh’ sound. If your child can do this, try writing some sentences with the ‘sh’ sound.
Please click on the link new.phonicsplay.co.uk for fun phonics games.
Key English skills for children to work on:
-Reading their 45 reception words and bookmark words by sight in any context, and writing them from memory if they are able to read them.
-Recognising all phase 2 and 3 sounds, and using this knowledge in their reading and writing.
-Correct letter formation for all letters.
-Writing for different purposes. Children have enjoyed many forms of writing in class, and could practise their writing skills at home. We have written stories, lists, diary entries, cards and letters.
-Using capital letters and full stops in their writing.
Maths Activities (20 minutes)
Maths can be done in many practical ways at home. Whether it is counting toys in a toy box, sharing pencils with siblings, measuring flour when baking a cake, or halving tomatoes for a salad, please take any opportunity to help your child exercise their maths skills. Board games with dice, such as snakes and ladders and ludo are another fun way to practise number skills. Children can practise their number formation or go on a shape hunt around the house!
Key Maths skills for children to work on:
-Recognising and ordering consecutive and non-consecutive numbers to 20.
-Identifying 1 more and 1 less than a given number to 20.
-Counting in 2s to 20, and 10s to 100.
-Naming basic 2D and 3D shapes and discussing their properties.
-Telling the time (o’clock times only).
-Practical adding and taking away, and recording number sentences.
Online Maths Games and Activities
http://www.whiterosemaths.com White Rose is the scheme of work we use for Maths. Their website provides five maths lessons every week that have been prepared for each year group. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully. These can be used in addition to the suggested maths activities to supplement your child’s learning if you wish.
Games to re-enforce Maths skills:
Physical Development Activities (30 minutes)
Here are some links for physical activities online, that children can do at home.
Joe Wicks’ P.E every morning. It’s on at 9am live (or you can do it later in the day). Choose ‘P.E with Joe’: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/videos
https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities – Disney shake up games to get young people active and moving. Video clips and instructions to play games at home.
https://mommypoppins.com/new-york-city-kids/boredom-busters/build-an-indoor-obstacle-course-for-kids-in-7-steps – An at home indoor Obstacle course using everyday household objects.
https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.todaysparent.com/family/activities/15-ways-to-keep-kids-active-indoors-even-if-you-dont-have-much-space/amp/ – Lots of indoor game ideas to do with children at home.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X655B4ISakg– Yoga for kids.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=L_A_HjHZxfI – Other videos on YouTube to put in the search engine:
Kids workout videos
5 minute move: The Body Coach
Kids workout for 3-9 Year Olds
Yoga for Kids
Kids exercise- workout at home
Home exercises for kids
Here are some fun play based learning activities:
Early Years Home Learning Collection
Helping round the Home
Make Believe Play
Other Educational websites
Here are a few more websites that are both fun and educational:
https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/reception#schedule The Oak Academy has some great resources that you can use to supplement your child’s learning at home.
www.twinkl.co.uk/offer.Use the code UKTWINKLHELPS to register for free. On this website you will find activities and resources for all primary aged children. Twinkl have launched a new home learning hub, where each day, you’ll find a new set of daily activities to get involved with. This is a great site, which offers book readings, live lessons, and activities, to help fill your days and offer some much-needed variety. Activities will be listed the day before – giving you enough time to get prepped and set up for the next day’s learning. Don’t worry about recreating school at home. But – if you’re looking for ideas, or a way of adding a bit of routine into your day, you’ll find it here: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_2020-03-29_GB-ENG_EYFSEarlyYears&utm_content=custom5
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games – cbeebies.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/early-years-teaching-resources/zhhf92p – bbc early years
Thank you for your support. We appreciate any consolidation of learning that you do with your child at home.