Hello Class R!
Welcome to our class page. Below, you can find ideas for home learning. Also, as we do lots of fun activities in school, I will upload pictures so that your grown ups can see them!
We are so impressed with how well you are all settling into school and we can't wait to see how the rest of the half term goes!
Miss Pringle, Miss Lacey and Miss Baxter
This year, we are trialling a more informal approach to homework across the school. On this page, below, you will find a list of web pages that you may find useful for your children at home – there are a couple which will lead you to sites where they can watch relevant videos and there is one (topmarks) which will lead you to a site full of interactive and educational games that you could set up for your child to play. On Monday 21st September, I will be sending home a pack of reusable resources which you could also use with your child to support their learning at home. I have explained each of these and how to use them under the relevant subheadings below. Fundamentally, there are some key skills which you could do with your child at home to support them in their independence such as; cutting up food with a knife and fork, putting their coats on, putting their jumpers off and taking them off again (and turning the right way when they are inside out), going to the toilet and washing their hands by themselves.
- Phase 2 sound mats – if your child is doing any reading or writing at home, you could pick one short word that they have used/seen and see if you can spot the sounds in that word on the sound mat. As your child becomes more independent and confident with their writing, they could also use this mat to remind themselves how each sound looks as a letter.
- It is vital that your child has stories read to them regularly. This is the one thing that I do ask parents to do every day above anything else. This could be their bedtime story or if they have an older sibling who is reading independently, then your child could sit with them and listen.
- I, go, no, into, the, to flashcards – please cut along the black line and use these as flashcards. To begin with, you will need to ask your child to say each one with you saying it first to model the pronunciation. Eventually, as they recognise them more, you could play games with them ie, see how fast they can read them all, hide them around your home and play hide and seek with them, focus on one word at a time if necessary. If anybody has any more fun ways of playing games with these, please let me know and I can share it with other parents!
- This half term, we are mainly concentrating on counting (0-10) and recognising these numbers. At home, you could regularly ask your child to count things (0-10) ie. chopped pieces of vegetables whilst you are cooking dinner, the stairs as they climb them, any loose objects that they are playing with etc. When they are confident with this, you could then ask them to match an amount of objects (0-10) with the written numeral – you could write this on a piece of paper/post it note for them or they could do it themselves.
Fine Motor Skills:
- Throughout Reception, we really try and support the children in developing their cutting skills. I have also included some cutting activities in your child’s pack that they could complete, a bit at a time, at home with support. This is only if you are happy for them to do so and they have access to child friendly scissors.
- Number, letter formation and name writing - for these strips, you will need a whiteboard pen (let me know if you can't get hold of one). The strips indicate where the letter starts and the direction that your child should write in. There are some useful ditties to help your child remember their letter formation which can be found online if you search for 'Read Write Inc Handwriting ditties'. This is something that I will be working on in school all year!
We are by no means expecting this to be done in the space of a week or even the space of the half term, some of these activities may stay up for the rest of the year if necessary! These are just some ideas for if you wanted guidance on how to support your child’s learning at home. Furthermore, we will not be asking you to keep a record of what your child has completed but if you would ever like your child to share what they have done with us then they are always more than welcome to do so. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.