I hope that everyone has had a lovely Easter break and is bearing up well. This is just a quick reminder that if anyone has any Easter work they would like to hand in then the deadline for that is by the end of today. Please do not worry if you don't have any, as it was entirely optional over Easter.
On a separate note I would like to say a big thank you for all the amazing support and effort that you have put in with your children so far. Some of the work that I have had in has been brilliant and I can clearly see that those children have been working well.
We have now had a staff meeting (via a video call) to standardise how we will be setting and receiving work whilst still in this lock down period.
The expectations will be:
- 5 pieces of Maths work set a week via Google Classroom.
- 5 pieces of English work set a week via Google Classroom.
- A week long topic project with accompanying material to be set each week via Google Classroom.
- Reading/Spelling to continue as normal.
We have also formalised how – ideally- we would like work to be handed in. Some of you have already been submitting work via the weekly work submission thread and we are going to aim to use this method for future work submissions. Each week could we ask that you upload your English, Maths and Topic work. This can be done daily or weekly dependant on how you prefer to work and upload.
A small video showing how to upload work can be found here:
If, for whatever reason, it is not possible to hand in work with this level of regularity please don’t panic, just let me know – I really do understand how challenging things are at the moment.
If you have any questions then please just let me know and I will try and help as much as possible.
Home Learning is set on a termly basis to continue work linked to school, providing children with the opportunity to revise certain areas of learning and to encourage them to take their learning further.
We are continuing to use the 100 Point Projects to allow children to develop the time management skills that are so important in daily life. Each term a set of challenges will be set, linked to our topic. Each of these challenges will be worth a set amount of points. Children need to complete enough tasks to collect a minimum of 100 points. Work should not be sent in each week. Final projects should be brought in during the final week of each term for us to share as a class.
In addition to this, we will be using MyMaths to offer children the chance to revisit, revise, refresh and extend their understanding - each child should have a log in - if not, please ask and a replacement will be provided. If you do not have internet access at home, I am happy for children to have lunch in the classroom once a week and use the school equipment to access this learning platform. Please let me know if this is needed so I can plan which day...
Reading holds the key to learning in almost every other subject and learning opportunity - it is difficult to access a History topic without developing reading skills as an example.
We expect each child to read beyond school hours.We suggest 5 separate occasions each week. We suggest each night from Monday to Thursday and then an additional session between Friday and Sunday - they may read more of course! This should be a mix of independent reading and reading aloud to someone. It should be recorded in their reading record each time they read outside of school. It is no coincidence those that read regularly see the biggest improvements in writing also.
Each child has a reading diary to record their reading experiences and these are being checked on a weekly basis.
Please also be aware of the value of reading the right text - whilst I understand that certain texts by certain authors are a nice 'Sunday afternoon' read, there is such a wealth of knowledge to be gained by varying the author, text type and genre of book we read - new vocabulary, punctuation use, grammar development and inference all come from a range of texts rather than simply reading the 'cartoon' type books.
Please ensure that your child has the appropriate PE kit in school, Monday to Friday.
As part of our drive to be active learners, being active is a vital step to promoting learning skills, team building and effective listening skills. It is imperative that your child has the appropriate kit in school as we may have to re-schedule an outdoor session if weather is unfavourable.