I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well and that you have been able to settle into a new sort of routine with the children at home.
The glorious weather last week was a gift and I hope you were able to maximise the amount of time you were outdoors with the children playing and learning in the Spring sunshine.
I wanted to try to find a way to communicate with you personally and to be able to respond to any questions that you may have about how to best support your children at home during this time. I also wanted to just find a way to know you are safe and well and to hear your news and say 'hello!'
With that intention I have set up a Google Classroom which is really just a 2-way messaging service that you can access with the children. I think you just need to set up a gmail account. Please search for Google Classroom and put in the code: jj6352e this will then allow you to enter Long Bennington Academy Class 3. From here you can read and respond to any messages. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
In the meantime please keep reading with and to your children everyday. Practice the phonics and key words to support with this. There are also a lot of online interactive and audio books being made available free at this time so check these out for the children too.
Learning doesn't have to always be recorded and take place at a table inside.
Here are some ideas for 'real learning' in your day to day routine. I'm sure you will have many more.
The children can learn from cooking and talking about food; where it comes from and the nutrients it gives you . They have already covered this in science with Mrs White. They can look at packaging materials and design. If they are involved in making food for the family they could also design menus and write reviews of how tasty it was.
If you are able to facilitate growing herbs, vegetables or fruit this can be amazing for young children to witness and be part of.
Playing board games at home with members of the family will help your children to follow instructions, learn turn-taking and resilience as well as hopefully having fun.
Jigsaws are not just for rainy days and can provide the children with a real sense of achievement on completion.
Enable children to explore their loves and interests whether it be dinosaurs, Lego, Disney characters or jellyfish! Do this through art work, model making and writing.
Remember I will be interested in everything they have done so photographs are a great way to record. Please tell the children that we will have one amazingly long and special "Show and Tell" when we next see each other!
In respect to maths try to look for 'real' situations to practice e.g. sharing sweets out equally, calculating the time 1 hour from now (o'clocks and half past only)measuring out ingredients for cooking, adding and subtracting money, halving and quartering pizzas etc.
Although there are some amazing resources to be found online please do be mindful of the time that children spend on devices of any sort. I know you will.
Getting outside and exercising in a fun way is essential everyday. My children, Bea and Issy and I, even managed a water-fight in the garden last week, although it's a bit too cold again now!
The most important thing to me is that your children are happy, safe and well. Family time is paramount...laughing and talking together, reassuring them about the future and enabling them to just be themselves.
So until next time,
Take good care.
Liz Woodrow x
In the event of children staying at home during normal school time I am offering the following advice and guidance to help them to keep working.
Please find below a link to Twinkl website as they are offering free activities for parents to access at home:
Once logged on, you should see a link for home education resources that are year group specific.
Classroom secrets kids has some lovely learning activities and you can create a free account with individual 'seats' for each child.
In addition to this the following are also suggested:
1. Read for pleasure! This means there is no expectation to write but children may wish to let me know what they are reading . We have been reading different traditional fairy tales and our favourite author at the moment is Oliver Jeffers.
2. Practise your phonics by reading real and 'alien' words. I have already sent some resources home to most children but there will be plenty on Twinkl.
3. Practise writing key Year 1 spellings and 'Tricky' Year 1 words - children can practise their letter formation and handwriting at the same time!
4. The children could keep a diary and practise writing sentences with simple punctuation - full-stops, capital letters, question marks and exclamation marks.
5. For daily maths practise:
Any of the Y1 units for maths on Purple Mash. At this stage, they are all relevant but recently we have been looking at : sharing equally, odd and even numbers, doubling and halving and simple fractions - 1/2 and 1/4.
4. Artwork and D&T- What a great opportunity to get out in the garden and practise those sketching skills. In addition we have been finding out about the countries of the UK so the children might want to make a model of a landmark e.g Big Ben, Mount Snowdon
( natural or man-made) I bet they would also love to cook with you and follow the instructions in a recipe. They certainly should be able to tell you how to make Welsh Rarebit!
I shall also set some Purple Mash 2 Dos that can be done at any time up the end of the Easter holidays - these will be available from tomorrow.
If you are unable to access these online activities, please ring or email and I will send some paper copies home.
I hope that this helps.
Hoping you and your loved ones keep healthy.
Take care and kind regards.
Welcome to Class 3.
What a busy and exciting year we have ahead of us!
We have many fabulous topics planned; this term we will be exploring "Our World" and the places, people and animals that live here.
Our timetable gives an overview as to what is taught each day and we stick to it as much as possible. But, as you will appreciate, we also need to be flexible to accommodate any wonderful incidental opportunities as they arise!
Just a few things to help the school week run smoothly ...
PE is on a Monday and Thursday and all children will need a full PE kit including plimsolls, trainers, tracksuit bottoms and top. Children will not normally need to bring PE kit home until the end of term. Please make sure that a pair of short socks are included if your child wears tights.
Your children will bring their reading books home each night to read along with their reading diary. We would encourage you to read with them daily, if possible, for just 5 to 10 minutes. Your child will have the opportunity to read to an adult in school at least once a week. Initially your child will be supported in changing their reading books in school, again at least once a week. When your child is confident in changing their book for themselves they will be able to do it more often. There will be numerous other opportunities in school to read and share text on a daily basis.
There will be no formal homework whilst we are all settling into routines in Year 1 however you could give your children invaluable support in helping them with their daily reading; learning to read and write the Year 1 Common Exception Words ( see attached list) and learning their number bonds to 20.
This term daily Phonics teaching continues and we commence a whole new school initiative called The Reading Vipers. The Reading Vipers approach is focused on reading for meaning and we hope it will be fun too!
If you require any further information on anything please do not hesitate in contacting me directly or through the school office.
I look forward to meeting you all and working with you over the year.
Ms Woodrow , Class 3 teacher.