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Update: Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Only a brief one today.  Brilliant resource to help you diversify your child’s reading diet.  Click on the link and follow the ‘tree’ that best fits your child.  It will help I promise:

https://www.booksfortopics.com/branching-out  

The website will point out books of a similar type if your child likes a certain author.  It will help you to broaden their reading horizons.  Keep reading.  Very, very important way to keep the learning journey going. 

Stay safe.  Stay strong.  Stay well.  You’re doing a great job!!

Update: Friday, 1 May 2020:

I am conscious that we have been in lockdown now for 4 school weeks (plus the two weeks of the Easter Break) and that you will be getting a little stir crazy at home.  The children will also be missing their friends terribly and also missing the routine of school and the security that gives.  It’s been six weeks but it not like the 6 week holidays when we can get out and about.  To this end the classes in Y2-5 will be launching a new interactive learning tool called see-saw next week.  Please watch out for a text about this with a log on code.  It is fairly intuitive and easy to follow and staff will be sending some activities home but only a couple to start with just to get you going.   You can also send the work back so that staff can have a look at it.  To this end the following arrangements are in place:

Nursery and Reception:  work provided through Tapestry as well as the links on this page

Year 1 and Year 6: they have been working really closely with Dojo and this is working (so staff tell me) so this will continue… please interact (at sensible times) with this process.

Years 2- 5: Seesaw will be rolled out next week.  Please look for texts on the Eduspot app or your text app.

Next week sees the 75th anniversary of VE Day and in normal circumstances we would have been having a street party and lots of celebrations to mark this national event.  It would be great for the children to do some work/research on this (at an age-appropriate level obviously) and I am certain that there will be lots of lessons online about this on BBC Bitesize [https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary] and other online resources including the national academy [link here: https://www.thenational.academy/]. I would still encourage you to do the Joe Wicks videos each day and also go on to the White Rose Maths for their daily challenges.  Twinkl also has lots of free resources.  Staff will be pointing you in the right direction I’m sure but please try not to stress about work.  No one is behind.  No one is in front.  We are all in this together and I am more concerned about our children’s levels of anxiety and mental health in this national crisis than I am about their academic progress or otherwise. Be gentle with yourself and be gentle with them.  Stressing about work and stressing them about it will not help long term.  You are doing a great job!

Update: Weds, 22 April 2020:

Just a little to add to that which is below.  The Think-U-Know team (online safety) have issued some new guidance for parents, especially around some of the new stuff that’s out there, for parents/carers to look at.  The following link will take you to the Think-U-Know site and there are specific worksheets and activities targeted at your child’s age range.  These will be updated every couple of weeks.  You know what I’m like for internet safety and staying safe on line and with the best will in the world, most of our young people will be online a lot more at the moment so please stay safe… in the home… as well as outside!  I am also hearing all sorts of worrying things about children’s personal data being harvested from TikTok; please be careful with this platform.  The information is on the link below:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/   

You might not want to do all the activities but the discussion(s) you have with your child is what is important here; watch the videos together and discuss what they would do in similar situations.  Help them to make wise choices online and stay safe.  This is what we do all the time in school.  One of the problems is that children can be put under enormous pressure to ‘conform’ online and do things that make them feel uncomfortable and that they would never do in ‘normal’ offline life.  The other main issue is that lots of young people are online in their bedrooms… alone… this should always be safe space, so strategies to help them make good choices and to be strong and safe in this environment is vital.  Good luck and God bless. 

Update: Monday, 20 April 2020:  STILL VERY RELEVANT

The lock-down continues and now the Easter Break is officially over, even though school has been open and staff have been in at various times, we will be looking at ways we can help you with learning at home again this week and going forward.  The PDF below is a timetable for BBC Bitesize that will really help with age-appropriate activities and learning for your child(ren).  The resources listed below (especially the White Rose Maths) are still very relevant.  Reading is still very important too; there are lots of ways of reading that go well beyond scheme reading books.  The TWINKL resources are also still available online.  There is also a link to some specific information about the COVID-19 virus and how you might help your child understand it from LCC.  SEE THE RESOURCES AND LINKS BELOW that I put on a couple of weeks ago.

BBC Bitesize Resource: BBC Bitesize Timetable for Schools April 2020

BBC Bitesize link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

LINK for C-19 including free e-books: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Article/73108?source=Newsletter&guid=9D70F732-838D-40CE-9F76-B745F90EACD4  Click on the ‘here to access the page’ hyperlink.

Link to specific Letters and Sounds Phonics resources and lessons (from 27 April 2020): Letter to parents and carers about online phonics lessons April 2020  This has come from the English Team at LCC.  Please use this if your child is in Nursery (very early sounds), F2, Y1 and Y2.  This is especially relevant for your child if they are struggling to pick phonics up and remember it day to day. 

Please do not stress too much about what you are doing at the moment with your children in terms of formal learning.  There are so many things that you can do that are just as important.  Talk to them.  Play turn taking games with them.  Do some jigsaws (if you have any!) and go for walks.  Try and observe the change in nature at this time and learn some of the common birds, plants and trees that you see… you’d be amazed what they don’t know!  You’d also be amazed what they don’t see, unless you point it out to them.  Whilst we have the good weather and whilst you can get out for your daily walk, please do. And please don’t worry about them ‘falling behind’… they aren’t.  Once we get them back in school we will accelerate the learning process again and they will be fine.  It is the same for all children; this is a global pandemic and all children across the world are experiencing the same things.  All will be well. 

I know things are tough for some of you too and that all of this sounds great and that it isn’t as easy as I make it out… just be you and enjoy this time with your children.  Please try and have a bit of a routine too… maybe have a timetable of what you plan to do each day and share it with them… most children love routine and they like to know where they are and what they are doing… but don’t over-complicate it.  Be gentle with yourself too… you’re not their teacher… you’re their parent or their carer and you just need to love them, keep them safe and keep them well.  Stay home when you can.  Socially distance whenever you’re out.  Stay safe.  Stay strong.  Stay well. 

Previous Messages:  still relevant!

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 https://play.numbots.com/#/intro 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 phonicsplay.co.uk 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 twinkl.co.uk/offer 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