Class Work Page

Welcome to the Class Work Page!

The following are a series of links to specific websites that will help you with activities to maintain the children’s learning.  Please be discerning with regard to what you teach them, especially in Maths, as it can take us longer to unlearn an incorrectly taught method than it can be to teach it right in the first place.  The link to the Maths Hub will give you guidance and videos as to how to teach the modern methods of teaching Maths.  All of this advice needs to be age-appropriate obviously.

As I said in the last newsletter there are a range of things that you can do easily that will really help your child:

  • Reading!  Read with your child every day if you can.  It doesn’t matter how many times you read the same book as this aids fluency.  Reading is so much more than just the scheme books too.  Please read widely and read to your children too.  If you are self-isolating this is an ideal time to develop this and give it the time that you might not always have when you are ultra busy.
  • Maths: There are a number of areas where today’s young people struggle and you can really help here when you’re off.  Learn to tell the time.  Learn how to handle money and know the coins, notes and how to work out simple change.  Add sums of money and play shops. You’ll be very surprised!  Times tables and number bonds to 10 (+ and -) then to 20 (+ and -) are critical too especially for younger pupils (KS1); there is a specific programme (below) that will help with this area of learning called Numbots.  If every child knew their number bonds to 10 backwards, forwards and inside out by the time they were 7 it would be an amazing thing. It would also be incredible if every Y4/5 child knew their tables in the same way (x and ÷) and the Times Tables Rockstars is a fun way to learn them.
  • Writing: the children do love to write in school.  They know about handwriting and presentation and that their books should be a thing of beauty; the children also double space in school (i.e write of each second line… this enables them to edit… please encourage this and don’t stop it… from Y2 onwards).  We have sent home an exercise book for them to write in.  Let them write stories, write about things they’ve done, retell stories in their own way; help them with their grammar and spelling but make sure this is age appropriate.  It would be amazing if every KS2 child could write their own full name, address and postcode and be able to spell it and punctuate it correctly and set it out in a letter format.  Please don’t make writing a chore; we work hard to make this something they want to do and do it with a high level of cooperation.  If they are going to be away from school for a long time then they will get bored and they won’t mind doing some writing.

Here are some links which will also help you find appropriate learning for your child; a copy of this letter was sent home with your child’s learning pack:

  • White Rose Maths are offering free resources and lessons online. All the work on this site links brilliantly with the work your child will have been doing in class.
  • Times Tables Rockstars is a brilliant way to improve multiplication skills and you can also use your same log-in to access NUMBOTS which is an online resource to support children with addition and subtraction skills. To access NUMBOTS click on the link and use either your Timestable Rockstars log-in or for F2 and Y1 the log-in details are provided on the letter in your pack.
  • Phonics play is also offering free access to their resources. All you need to do is go to their website and log in using the username: march20 and the password: home
  • Pobble 365 is another English resource that offers daily activities based around a picture.
  • Twinkl is offering free access for a monthto parents. Click on the link You will need to create an account and use the offer code  UKTWINKLHELPS; the resources are split into year groups and subjects so you’ll be able to choose what you would like your child to do.
  • NESSY is an online resource to support reading, spelling and writing they can continue to access this at home (Mrs Strong will have informed you if your child uses this)
  • BBC Bitesize can also be useful; there are lots of resources forKey Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Don’t forget our school diaries also have lots of information about supporting your child at home.

Finally, as always, encourage them to forget about what’s going on by diving into a good book – reading has been shown to promote positive mental health.

It is also important to try and keep your child/children active throughout the day to support their physical and mental health.

Please see the following link:

Joe Wicks Body Coach – this link will take you to some video clips showing 5 minute exercises that can be done at home

We will continue to send additional information via the school texting service and school website as more resources become available.

We have included in your pack a palm cross so the children can be reminded about the importance of Holy Week and Easter. These have been blessed with holy water by Father Pat. God bless and thank you for your support at this very difficult time.

Please also see this resource from Leeds Community Healthcare with some ideas how to look after your mental health when in isolation: In Isolation – Creative Therapeutic Ideas for Families

Enjoy and good luck!

Mr Hutchinson and Mrs Ryan