Need more ideas for how you can support your children at home. Why not check out these great daily learning packs which seek to support our learners in continuing to develop their reading and writing skills at home.
English Year 1 Week 4
English Year 2 Week 4
English Year 3 Week 4
English Year 4 Week 4
English Year 5 Week 4
English Year 6 Week 4
To support with handwriting practice at home, please see the image below with the letter formation that we teach. I have also attached the handwriting sheets that we use in school so you can select an appropriate size.
We know that it can sometimes be difficult to encourage handwriting practice but here are some things parents/carers could do with children to incorporate handwriting into daily activities:
1. Shopping Lists
This is a great task that can be adapted depending on the age of your child. Younger children could draw the items, older children can write down the names or just add one or two items if they can’t manage the whole list.
2. To-do lists
Ask your child to write down a daily “to do” list. This could include making breakfast, what they are going to do for daily learning and evening routines. This promotes independence and also makes them think about their own tasks. You could get them to write down all the things they have to do in the morning before they begin their school work and include pictures. For example get dressed, brush my teeth, have breakfast etc. They can then put this in their bedroom as a reminder!
Ask your child to write a postcard to a friend and encourage them to write about something they have learnt over the past few weeks. Younger children who haven't yet learnt letter formation can draw pictures instead, this will still help them develop the fine motor skills needed for writing.
Over the next couple of weeks, ask your child to create a journal or scrap book where they record their activities. They could take/draw pictures, and stick them in their journal while adding notes. It may be too much to write every day, depending on your child's age, but they could do it at the end of the week and write about the best things that happened.
5. Book or film review
Have a look at book or film reviews online and suggest your child writes one of their own. Ask them to describe what the book or film was about, what they particularly liked about it and what they didn't like. Finally ask them to score the book or film out of 5.
6. Letters to the past.
Why not get involved yourself? Write a short note to your child and encourage them to write back. It's also a good idea to keep the same note going back and forth, folding each time so that they have to open the message for added excitement.
7. Best ever menu
Ask your child to write down a menu of all their favourite foods. What would be their dream lunch or dinner? Encourage them to write it down and decorate their menu. Alternatively, they could write a menu with what they are having for lunch or dinner that day.
BBC Bitesize are currently providing daily lessons that cover all areas of the National Curriculum. Open up your internet browser and use the following link:
All you then need to do is select the relevant year group, where you will have access to a range of core subjects depending on what you fancy studying. If you want to cover a particular lesson, for example English, why not use the following link to find what you're looking for:
Read, Write, Inc continue to refine the offer they have for our children at the current time. As such they have now included Spelling lessons and story time as part of their program. Be sure to check out their Youtube page using the following link to make sure you and your child never miss a thing!
Sir Linkalot (which is a fantastic app to support spelling) is kindly giving all parents and schools free access during lockdown to enable children of all ages (4 years old upwards) to have Sir Linkalot Time at home. There will be a daily midweek 30 minute show online, starting this Thursday at 2 o'clock, on Sir Linkalot's Facebook page and Youtube channel, featuring Countdown's Susie Dent. There are two obvious benefits in using this whilst children are currently learning form home: one, it would most definitely raise their literacy levels and, two, it would make life a whole lot easier for you! It is not solely for spelling, however. It's covering the whole of the technical requirements of literacy, i.e vocabulary, homophones, punctuation, grammar, rules and patterns. So, it very much applies to older children as well.
To access the content, you can do this in one of two ways, either downloading via the App Store or on a laptop/PC. Please note, once you have downloaded the app from the App Store (small problem with Androids at the mo), tap on the log icon (for 'Log in') at the top right. You can also view it on a laptop or PC. Type in the browser itself (not a search engine)...
app.sirlinkalot.org and follow the above instructions (the log icon is for 'log in'). Further information of log on details will be sent out electronically.
Keep up your super spelling :)
Here are the latest home learning packs for English. Why not check out the following packs which seek to support our learners in continuing to develop their reading and writing skills at home.
English Year 1 Week 3
English Year 2Week 3
English Year 3 Week 3
English Year 4 Week 3
English Year 1 Week 3
English Year 6 Week 3
Not too sure what websites are "tried and tested" and suitable for use to support your child with learning? The Government have recently produced a fantastic, comprehensive guide to supporting learning at home. It includes a range of websites, resources and links to use to continue to keep offering your children a sound education.
Want to check it out? Use the link below:
Unsure of what is the best way to tackle some meaty SPAG content? Why not take a look at the following link to TopMarks. These games are perfect for children in Key Stage 2 and will really support and develop their understanding of SPAG. Hope they are helpful!
Family is such an important topic for our children. It is the people who they are surrounded by right now and also the ones they are missing. Why not check out this week's home learning project linked to family for some ideas of how you can inspire reading, writing, maths and other curriculum areas through this topic. To support with their art task of self-portraits, please use the attached guidance to support their sketching skills.
Family - Key Stage Activities
We are always looking for ways to inspire our young writers. Right now they are currently living through history and will probably struggle to remember all their thoughts, feelings, experiences in years to come. With that in mind, why not encourage your child to create a Time Capsule. Attached is a document below to support your child in creating their own.
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