Here you will be able to find all information relevant to Ladybirds class during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Dear parents and carers,
First of all, I would like to send my best wishes to our wonderful children and all of their families at this challenging time.
Early Years Curriculum
On this web page, you will find a range of resources which will support your child with their learning at home. This will include a curriculum provision map for the week, which will give you a range of challenges that your child can attempt that link to the 7 areas of learning within the Early Years. This is a slimmed-down version of what your child experiences in school. These challenges are designed to be open-ended and offer the opportunity for the unique child to shine through. Every child has their own individual interests and passions, and I encourage you to support your child to embed these within their responses to the learning challenges. You will also see a link to the ‘Daily Challenges’ which your child should work through each day. These documents can be found below, and will be updated for you each Monday of term time until further notice. As this situation is new to us all, please may I ask for your patience as we get used to this new way of working!
In addition to this, I have created a document which gives guidance towards how we assess your child’s progress within their Animal Words. This includes plenty of fun ideas of different ‘low budget’ games that you can play at home to keep learning fresh and interesting for your child. There is minimal preparation on your behalf, which I hope will make these challenges easily accessible for your child. I have included the animals from Sets 1-10 too, so that you can move them onto their next set when they are ready to do so. Please see my guidance for this, as it is about quality and not quantity when supporting your child to read using these animal words. Further challenge for those who are ready can be found through this document: Animal Words Collection. Please do not move onto these animal words until your child is confident and able to read and write sets 1-10. Thank you!
Writing within the early years can take many forms. I try to expose my class to writing formally on lines and informally through posters and free-hand on paper. In addition to this, writing can take place everywhere and in many different forms, from a steamy window in the bathroom to using chalk on a patio slab outside. As I would do when compiling your child’s learning journal, please take some photographs of those significant moments which you can then share with me! (Email Address included below). To help your child when they are engaging with a writing task, there are also some useful sound mats here which they can use. The Phase 2 Sound Mat contains all of the individual letter sounds (1 letter making 1 sound). The Phase 3 Sound Mat contains some of the digraphs (2 letters making 1 sound) and trigraphs (3 letters making 1 sound) within the English Language.
You can also see an example of pre-cursive handwriting here.
Your child is also already familiar with the different letter families within the alphabet. This refers to letters that follow a similar style of letter formation, thus being grouped together within a ‘family’. You can access these below to support your child with their pre-cursive handwriting. Helpfully, you will see a small red dot and arrow for each letter. This shows where to start. You will notice that every letter also starts in the same place, which again is useful as (excluding capital letters) your child can learn to start every letter from the same place. In Reception, there is no expectation to join up letters, but to best prepare them for their transition into Year 1 and beyond, we do model this letter formation during all writing opportunities.
There are some videos online which can also help to show how these letters can be formed:
Jedi Writing (Note: The letter ‘f’ is not formed the way that our school would form it, however every other letter is accurate)
Pre-Cursive Writing (Another example; Note: Again, ignore the ‘f’!)
Week Beginning: Monday 23rd March
Week Beginning: Monday 30th March
There are some further activity ideas here if you are stuck for things to do with your child, or wish to keep up the ‘school learning routine’ at home.
Week Beginning: Tuesday 21st April
*Please send me one piece of ‘work’ that your child has completed in response to both the Daily Literacy and Daily Maths challenges each week through the class email (info below). Please send me their Maths challenge by Thursday and their Literacy challenge by Friday, so that I can respond to you. Thank you.
You can access Phonics Play through: www.phonicsplay.co.uk
Week Beginning: Monday 27th April
Model Text: Jack and the Beanstalk
*Please continue to send one response from the Literacy challenge and one response from the Maths challenge this week. Thank you so much for your responses last week. It was an absolute pleasure reading through your emails and seeing just how amazing your children are! It was also great to see what a wonderful job you are doing as parents and carers to support your child within their learning at this unprecedented time. Thank you so much for all that you do.
Week Beginning: Monday 4th May
*Please see Monday’s Challenge and email the response to this challenge to me by Friday. Thank you in advance.
Week Beginning: Monday 11th May
*Please email the responses to me by Friday. Thank you!
Week Beginning: Monday 18th May
*Please email the responses to me by Friday. Thank you! Have a wonderful ‘half term break’ away from home schooling.
+In addition to this week’s daily challenge ideas for Literacy, you may also want to check out the ‘Storytime Online’ resource on YouTube, as detailed below in my ‘Reading for Pleasure’ section. There are some stories here that are being read by their authors, and even some fun ‘draw-along’ activities that accompany these too. ‘Look Up!’ is a great example for instance!
There is also a #DrawWithRob World Record Attempt challenge that you can join in with this week (Thurs 21st at 4pm) if you are interested! A link to this can be found on the school twitter feed on our website.
Reading for Pleasure:
You might like to share stories with your child simply for the love of reading! I have posted some below which you might like to share with your child:
Video: What’s Next Door?
Video: Ralfy Rabbit: Book Burglar
Video: George and the Dragon
Video: Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakes
In addition to this, there is a website that you can access which has some links to other great stories that you might wish to share with your child, such as ‘Supertato’, and ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. Check out: Storytime Online for more information, and download the QR codes for stories for Early Years here: Storytime Online QR Codes.
Useful Apps to Support Home Learning:
App based games and challenges can be a useful tool for your child to access at home in addition to the home learning challenges set. They can be accessed through an App Store. A few examples are shown below:
Daily Fitness for your Child:
You may have seen that Joe Wicks is running a daily fitness programme for children from 9am each morning. This has been hugely popular across the country and is a great way to keep fit and healthy. You might want to check this out for yourself on his channel ‘The Body Coach’.
As I create more resources that will be useful for you, I will add them to this page. Please take time to look at it each week as more information is added.
Keep in Touch:
I would also like to point you in the direction of our class email address. This will be checked during the hours of 10am – 2pm. You can use this email address if you wish to contact me directly and ask me a question, or send me some examples of the fantastic home learning your child has engaged with. When sending these examples, please make me aware if they are just for my own records or whether you would be happy for me to share some on twitter so that other children within our school community can applaud your child’s great effort!
This email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you.