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. 

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.

Phase 2 Sound Mat

Phase 3 Sound Mat

You can also see an example of Cursive handwriting here.

Week Beginning: Monday 23rd March

Weekly Curriculum Map

Daily Challenges

Video: ‘Have You Filled A Bucket Today?’

Info: Have You Filled A Bucket Today 

Week Beginning: Monday 30th March

Weekly Curriculum Map

Daily Challenges

Phonics Challenge Ideas

The Three Little Pigs Model Text

Info: Dreamcatchers

Easter Holidays:

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.

Family Activities Involving Literacy

Family Activities Involving Mathematics

Reading for Pleasure:

You might like to share stories with your child simply for the love and enjoyment a good book creates when you read it! This is one that I really enjoy that you might like to share with your child:

Video: ‘What’s Next Door?’

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:

I look forward to hearing from you.

Take care,

Dan Briscoe

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