ELSA Support have provided another fantastic story to help children with the transition back to school. It is also a great resource for explaining why only three year groups will be returning as this can be hard to understand for other siblings. A special thank you to Mrs Legg for continuing to support our children with their emotional and social development whilst we have been doing our home learning.
Mrs Legg sourced some great stories that I shared with the children before we closed to the majority of pupils. They really helped them feel safe and not so worried about the situation.
One of my favourites was 'The Invisible String' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rZNTFf35Aw. We read this together and on the last day they all tugged their invisible string to keep us all connected. This is a lovely story to use if they are starting to really miss their family and friends (particularly grandparents).
I have set up a Numbots and Times Tables Rockstar account for everyone in Buzzard class.
Please can you email me if you would like your login details.
NumBots has been designed to help boost addition and subtraction skills. They advise that you use this little and often, children should regularly play for short bursts (10-15minutes per day).
In Story Mode the emphasis is on learning the ideas and concepts behind addition and subtraction, therefore it features more diagrams, shapes and question styles. In Challenge Mode the emphasis is more on speed of recall of key facts, like number bonds to 10, doubling small numbers or adding and taking away in your head.
This is what our timetable typically looks like- we have assemblies 3 times a week...
9:00-9:40 Phonics (RWI)- each week there is a new book that these sessions are based around. We start with speed sounds every day (should be in the pack) and then do green and red words. Then each day we do spellings, comprehension and hold a sentence around these books ending in a spelling test at the end of the week. They will be sat down learning throughout this time.
9:45-10:30 Maths (they will be sat on the carpet for input from 10-20 minutes and then the rest is completing activities).
10:30 Snack We try and do snack but sometimes they have this during break as they are busy with their maths.
11:00 Finishing off maths/independent reading of school book or a free read.
We also do handwriting roughly 3 times a week practising our high frequency sounds and our letter formation.
11:15 English (again 10-20 minutes input and the rest spent on tasks).
1:40-2:00 Assembly (dependent on the weather we will go outside in the afternoon for 10/15 minutes and take out chalks or drawing things to give them a well deserved break when assembly is not on).
2:00-3:00 Topic (Science/History/Cross-Curricular Writing)- 10/15 minutes on carpet and the rest doing topic work.
3:00 Story time- We always end the day with story time.
It's is worth noting that sometimes our lessons take longer because we have to ensure everyone has a good understanding of a concept before we start an activity and you are working 1:1 at home so your children have continued support throughout.
I would recommend that you give your children times where they complete learning independently, you can still support them with bits of their work and look together at what they have produced at the end encouraging them to spot possible mistakes such as forgetting a capital letter or full stop so they can edit their work. However, they have been working hard on becoming more independent in their work and it would be great if they could continue to develop this vital skill to make them successful learners.
As I mentioned in the email I sent to all parents in Buzzard class, please do not worry about completing everything that we would do in a day. This timetable is here to support everyone in structuring the day and I hope it can be a useful tool for you. From the emails I have received I can see that you are all doing an amazing job. I have really enjoyed reading what you are doing!