I just want to say welcome to another week of home schooling. I hope that you are all getting on well.
It was absolutely wonderful to catch up with you all last week by phone. I feel so proud of how you are all managing with your home schooling. Thank you for asking for advice in areas that you are finding tricky too. I loved having chats with the children and hearing their voices and their excitement about all of the lovely activities that they have been doing with you.
Please keep on sending me all of the photos of these activities as it is so nice to see what they are all up to with you.
Their plants are coming along well too. I wonder if any of your beans have grown as tall as the beanstalk in Jack and the Beanstalk! Please continue to help the children write what they observe as their plants continue to grow.
We will be carrying on with our Get set, go topic and there are many varied activities in the planning for you to choose from.
We have linked the learning as closely as possible to what we would have done at school, but adapted it to make it accessible for home learning. I know that I said this last week, but please feel free to adapt the learning in all areas if you think it would be better for your child. This may be depending on what resources you have at home, or your child’s interests.
The Government online phonic sessions seem to be working well for most of you. They are certainly very well structured and clear. They cover all of the aspects of a phonics lesson in school and so the structure is going to be familiar to the children. Some parents have said that they are a bit long to follow in one go. If so, it is fine to watch them in two sessions if it helps.
Phonics will continue as last week. Please follow the lessons as closely as you can and above all, it is important for the children to enjoy their learning. Some of you have been very resourceful and found some extra phonics resources online which is fantastic. Please just be mindful that some of these resources may not have the sounds pronounced correctly. Please stick to the Oxford Owl and the Government website to focus on the pronunciation.
I have had some amazing emails and conversations from so many of you, telling me how proud you are of how well your child’s reading has developed. Thank you for keeping up the practise with the children as this has paid dividends for many of the children. Remember the ‘Teach your little monster to read’ site. It seems to be proving to be the most popular with many of you.
Just to remind you that when your children are learning to read, they also need to develop an understanding of the characters and the events in the story so please continue to ask your child some questions as you read.
Finally, please continue to keep up the great work that you are doing at home. We love getting your updates and are here to give you as much support that you need. Please keep in touch and stay safe.