It is with sadness that our classroom doors are closed but it's your chance to show me that learning can be done anywhere!
I will be trying my very best to stay in contact with you all via this webpage and using the Scholarpack system.
You have all received a home-learning pack with activities that can be done with very little support as we are aware that your adults may also be working from home. I have listed ideas/lesson below to help support any further learning.
It's a great time to learn some new skills out of the classroom too and spent time with your family. Here is my challenge! Watch the video below - can you find a way to stay connected with a friend? Maybe you're doing this already. Can you give top tips to help others? Maybe you could create a video or a poster. Send me your ideas!
This week I've put my plants outside! I was getting a little worried as after I moved them they seemed a little droopy. Fingers crossed they perk up in the sunshine.
The BBC have produced some new materials that align with the White Rose maths resources in your activity pack as well as many others. Check up on this website weekly for some fantastic home-learning ideas.
There are some fantastic Maths resources online to develop counting skills, times tables and numberbonds. You can find them listed below.
https://www.purplemash.com/sch/oatlands-hg2 (use login at the front of your planner or 'dolphins' 'pass1')
If you are wanting to partake in daily maths sessions, White Rose have provided weekly planning with video tutorials and resources, free to parents. They link perfectly with where we were up to and give small steps to really focus learning.
Here are some great websites to support phonics sounds/spelling patterns. I suggest using the spelling list provided in your 'Home Learning Activity Pack' to focus learning on a particular spelling pattern. Then play games/write words linked to that pattern.
https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/ (Don't forget to review previous phase 5 sounds!)
In school, we would usually have 'Phonics Friday', where the children would use this activity booklet:
Focus on a page at a time (we only do a page a week!) and quiz them after they've completed.
If you are wanting more structure, daily English lessons (with something for your child to write about) join Jane Considine for daily sentence stacking sessions on youtube.
Make sure you click subscribe to get the daily videos.
Use this time to allow your child to read whatever they are interested in or use the great website:
Ask your child to answer three questions based on what they have read. We use the characters 'Retrieval Rex (finds answers in the text and retrieves them), 'Vocabulary Victor' (picks out words and finds out what they mean/synonyms), 'Predicting Pippa' (looks into the future to predict what might happen next), 'Sequencing Suki' (orders events) and 'Inference Iggy' (uses clues to answer how/why questions).
Some great activities here:
** The BookTrust have some fabulous resources and games linked to reading.
Joe Wicks (aka The Body Coach) is doing daily 9am live sessions. Join in with me!
GoNoodle is another fantastic website producing fun songs, dances and workouts.
Please don't feel you have to complete all of the above activities. They are there for a little guidance and structure.
Email me pictures of your learning at home! Please let me know if you do not want your child's photographs on this page.
The children recently learned about 2D and 3D shapes. They had lots of fun looking for everyday shapes in their environments and describing their properties using the correct vocabulary.
The children have been using concrete apparatus to explore multiplication and division by making equal groups and organising them into arrays. They were then able to demonstrate their understanding as number sentences using the correct symbol.
The children can now recognise coins and notes and use the correct symbols for pounds and pence. They have learned how to combine amounts to make a given value and challenged themselves through solving problems involving money and giving change. At snack time, the children enjoyed paying for their fruit and vegetables using their newly acquired skills!
For Maths week we asked the children if they could identify how Maths can play a part in every aspect of our lives. This included all the different subjects we teach in school. The children created their own Remembrance Day artwork, using their knowledge of shape and fractions.
In English the children have been learning key skills based on the narrative 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak. They thoroughly enjoyed acting out the story and pretending to be 'Wild Things' in the new outdoor area as part of their experience day.
We were fortunate enough to have a special visit from the illustrator/author Liz Million. She was absolutely fantastic with the children and taught them how to draw amazing things from simple shapes! The children then had a go at creating their own 'Wild Thing' using different body parts from different animals. It was amazing to see how engaged and excited the children were and how they used their imaginations to create their own illustrations.
As part of our PSHE topic 'Healthy Me', we learned about making healthy choices through keeping fit and active. We were lucky enough to have a 'Mini First Aid' session where the children learned what to do in an emergency. They role-played calling an ambulance and putting pressure on wounds.
This half-term our topic was named 'What a Wonderful World!' where continued our learning about animals and food chains, moving onto more of a history focus; learning about significant events such as 'The Great Fire of London'.
This half-term our topic was 'Feathers, Fur and Fins'. The children have learned lots of key skills through Geography, Science and Art. From locating animals around the world to investigating mini-beasts in their micro-habitats!
We had a brilliant day focussing on Wellbeing and Mindfulness. The children took part in a yoga session as well as being coached in mindfulness. By the end of the day the children had learnt 5 key skills to keep a healthy body and mind: - Keep Active, Keep Healthy, Be mindful, Be greatful, Stay Connected.
Last half-term our topic was 'Toy Story'.
We took part in a D&T project and created our very own piece of playground equipment, as well as exploring different toys and their materials.
We thoroughly enjoyed Victorian Day' where we were transported to the past and recreated the experiences of a Victorian child (and the toys they played with!)
The children had a great time at Larchfield Manor, playing games with the residents and drawing Autumnal pictures. It was lovely to see how the children interacted with the elderly and it was a fantastic experience for all.
Our first topic this academic year was 'This is Me!'
We were so lucky to have lots of experiences that link to both our English and Science work. At the beginning of the term the children had a fantastic talk from one of our children's parents Simon Fogerty. He is an Orthopedic Consultant and talked to the children about his job, as well as showing the children how to fix 'broken' arm using plaster of Paris!