Friday 20th March
Dear Children and parents,
In most fairy tales, the characters in a book need to solve or overcome something. There is a happy ending where things end up better than they were before.
This is one of those times. For a while, we are going on a journey which means we need to stay apart until things are made better and we can come back together again.
We know some of you are worried about a bug that is making people poorly. Our wonderful doctors and nurses are working hard to make people better and to find a cure. The people in charge of our country think that they can look after us better and find a cure quicker if we stay apart for a while. So we must be brave and do what they say.
Your teachers will be teaching and caring for you in a different way for a while. They will be talking to you through Google Classroom and/or Google Hangouts, helping you with you work and checking in on how you are feeling. We will be checking in on your home learning work by looking at Google Classroom, talking on Google Hangouts and keeping an eye on Twitter (please tag us in any pictures).
Listen to your grownups, phone your family and friends (if you are allowed) and ask how they are and remember to be kind to each other. Please help with chores around the house. Remember, if you are worried, tell someone.
Keep working hard and try your best!
Some extra information for parents….
The school has released a list of websites that will be useful tools for you to help support your child’s learning at home. Reading and literacy websites Oxford Owl and Ruth Miskin Training have excellent resources for parents. Top Marks Maths and BBC Bitesize KS1 have excellent maths games for you to explore.
You should all have access to Google Classroom and Hwb. On Google classroom there will be tasks set, and you can create documents and record work on Google Docs and Google Sheets. J2E on Hwb has a wealth of curriculum resources for example, J2Data provides opportunites for data collection and analysis. Hwb also provide a free Office 365 programme.
Other ideas for activities you can continue with at home are writing a shopping list, writing a letter to a friend or family member, make a list of connectives and sentence starters, use them in a story, work on using expressive punctuation (!, ? ...). Important maths activities to keep on top of are: reading, writing and ordering numbers to 100, adding and take away, times tables (2, 3, 4, 5 and 10), simple division (sharing, drawing it out-the children know!), time (o'clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past), remembering odd and even numbers, 10 more and 10 less. Also have fun baking, gardening, playing and getting creative!
If you have any problems or questions, or any work to share, my email address is email@example.com.
Take care, stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all again soon,
Mrs Summers xxx