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Home Learning March- July 2020

Each week's work is listed and dated in "In this section".

Home Learning Daily Schedule: Acorn Class

In the event of a period of school closure, or if your child is undergoing a period of self-isolation, there is an expectation that they will continue to follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum from home. As a result, we have put together a set of daily expectations to help support this.

To support your child’s home learning, each Monday your child’s class teacher will upload a set of weekly Class Home Learning Plans to the website. You will find this in "Home Learning" which is in the "In This Section" box on each class page.  Each week's work will be dated.  

This will reference various activities and online learning platforms that pupils will be expected to access. Please expect the first set of weekly Class Home Learning Plans to be uploaded on Monday 23rd March. The first Wider Curriculum Home Learning Matrix will also be sent out on Monday 23rd March and will be sent out every other Monday that follows. If you are unable to access plans in this way, please contact the school office to arrange collection.

This week, your child will receive a pack containing:

-a pack of year-group specific paper activities for pupils/parents to select and use if needed

-an empty exercise book in which to record their home learning

-copies of pupil login details for the various online platforms to which they can have access

-extra reading books

If your child is already self-isolating and they have not taken home any of these resources, please contact the school office to arrange collection.

Below is a daily learning schedule which outlines the amount of time that your child should spend participating in each curriculum area while learning from home:

Phonics:

All children should engage in a phonics activity for 20 minutes per day. Please use the flashcards to recap which sounds and words have been taught so far. Then refer to the weekly Class Home Learning Plans or videos uploaded to Tapestry which detail the sound or word we are learning about and words and sentences that your child could practise reading and writing.

Reading:

All children should read an age appropriate text for a minimum of 10 mins per day. This can be an age appropriate reading book or sharing a picture book with an adult. Please talk about the story and use questions such as:

  • (Looking at the front cover) – What do you think this story is about?
  • What did __________ (character) just do?
  • Why do you think they did that?
  • What do you think ________ (character is like?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • Why do you think that?
  • Which part of the story did you like the best? Why?
  • Which part of the story did you like the least? Why?
  • How did the story start?
  • What happened at the end of the story?
  • What happened in the middle of the story?
  • What does _______ (character) feel like at the end?
  • How did this story make you feel?
  • Who are the characters in the story?
  • If you were _________ (character), what would you have done?

 

Writing/Mark Making:

All children should complete at least one “writing” activity each day. “Writing” in EYFS can be very different depending on your child’s stage of development. Here are some examples of how “writing” may look:

  • Mark making - your child is either drawing pictures or drawing marks of symbols. If your child is still at this stage, it is very important for them to talk about what they have drawn or written. Please encourage them to talk about what they have done.
  • Writing letters or initial sounds – your child has drawn a selection of pictures e.g. a sun, a dog and a house. They have written a “s” for sun, “d” for dog and “h” for house.
  • Writing a collection of letters – your child has heard some sounds in the words they are writing – I m goi to the pk – “I am going to the park”
  • Writing a collection of letters that are phonetically plausible – your child has heard more sounds in the words they are writing, but it doesn’t look “correct! – I am goin too the parc – “I am going to the park”

 

Please do not worry if your child hasn’t spelt something correct, however, if they ask how to spell a particular word either ask them to listen to the sounds in the word as you say the word or explain how to write it. Please use the sound mat provided to encourage your child to find and copy the sounds they are trying to write.

There are no set writing activities but your child might like to:

  • Write a story
  • Draw a picture and label it
  • Write a shopping list
  • Make a sign
  • Write a card
  • Write a letter
  • Draw a map
  • Write a list of instructions

 

Maths:

All children should engage in a maths activity for 15 minutes per day. Please use the flashcards to recap which numbers have been taught so far. Then refer to the weekly class home learning plans or videos uploaded to Tapestry which area of maths we will be covering.

 

Wider Curriculum:

As the EYFS is a play-based curriculum the rest of the time will be dedicated to your child choosing their own learning. In school, the children have access to the resources, toys, games etc that we have inside the classroom and in our outdoor area. Occasionally, we have specific activities set up. Your child can either use the resources, toys and games they have at home or select some of the activities from the Wider Curriculum Home Learning Matrix.

 

By sticking to these basic daily expectations, and utilising the resources that your child’s class teacher sends out on a weekly basis, we can ensure that the effects of any prolonged period of school closure on your child’s education will be minimised.