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St Thomas More's Catholic Primary School and Nursery

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STARTING SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 2021: Please visit the Parents:Reception New Starters' Page for our prospectus and virtual tour

Week beginning 23 March

Friday 20th March 2020

Over the next couple of weeks we will be updating our class page regularly so be sure to visit! We are looking forward to sharing ideas with you and giving you some inspiration where we can!

There are a lot of suggestions online from parents who have already been self-isolating. I have seen lots of different ideas for daily routines. Here is an example:

                     

 

There are lots of fun ways to learn at home! As spring is just beginning, you can look out for signs of spring outside? Or if you are able to get hold of some seeds, perhaps your child could plant something and watch it grow.

 

Monday 23rdd March 2020

Remember to refer to the home learning challenges sheet for suggestions on what home learning you could be doing with your child at the moment. (this can be found at the bottom)

 

If you have timetabled your day, then you could look at each box for ideas for each session.

Phonics is a really important part of learning to read, we normally have daily phonics (year1)/ Spelling (year 2) lessons for half an hour each morning. This website is full of really good interactive phonics games for your child to play.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase5Menu.htm

 If your child is in year 2 then there are also some spelling games under the phase 6 section of the website.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase6Menu.htm

 

Don’t forget the handwriting packs, quick fire maths packs and key word lists that have been provided in your child’s home learning pack.

Also it is very important to keep reading! You could make a reading den or reading corner in your house or outside to engage your child in reading! Below are some early reading strategies to help your child while they are reading.

Monday 23rd March 2020

Good morning everyone! We have another beautiful sunny day so lots of opportunities to get outside.

If you need a morning boost today, you could begin by joining in with Joe Wicks LIVE daily P.E lesson at 9 o'clock. Exercise and a healthy breakfast will get the oxygen pumping and prepare your brain for a day of learning! Here is the link:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

 

If you miss it there is also lots of other children's workout videos on his website.

If anyone is taking on the challenge of keeping a journal/diary, you could take a photograph of your child and get them to write about their P.E lesson ready to share their thoughts and experiences when they return to school.

 

Tuesday 24th March 2020 

This afternoon you may want to get some fresh air so here are some fun outside science ideas!

 

In KS1 children are expected to observe changes across the four seasons, so you could go outside and look carefully at the trees, can you see the buds starting to grow on the deciduous trees? You could draw a picture of the buds or take a photograph and see how they change over the following weeks.

 

Another science focus for KS1 is to identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats. If you are lucky enough to have a garden then you could explore a micro-habitat (a very small habitat, for example for woodlice under stones, logs or leaf litter) in your garden. What bugs can you find?

In KS1 we also explore forces, specifically pushes and pulls! Here is one of the objectives that would be fun to explore outside; there are different sources of pushes and pulls, other than ourselves. Making a kite and taking outside to see how the wind acts as a force on the kite to make it move.

If you are indoors you can have a go at this mouse rocket experiment instead! Make a paper mouse and out it on top of an empty bottle. If you squeeze the bottle, what will happen? What happens if you change the size of the bottle?

 

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Good morning! I hope we are all staying safe and looking after each other. During this stressful time it is important that we all find ways to relax.

 

We have had great fun in the past trying out these child friendly yoga sessions. There are different story themed yoga sessions to engage all children, from dinosaurs to Minecraft and also Harry Potter. Definitely worth trying these to help keep calm and release some extra energy.

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

 

We are really looking forward to hearing about what you have been doing when we all get back to school.

 

Please don't forget to read with your children whilst they are at home!

Lots of books are available to read as eBooks on

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

All you need to do is sign up (it's free!) and you will have a wide range of access to all the different colour book bands to support your child with their reading.

 

Thank you & enjoy the lovely sunshine!

 

Thursday 26th March 2020

 

Just a quick reminder that your child should have brought home a letter in their home learning packs that included log in details for Purple Mash. This is a great resource with lots of activities to support your child's learning. There is lots of maths game for your child to play. I recommend bond bubbles for practising number bonds, this will link with your child's quick fire maths learning. There is also a game called sequencing snakes which is helpful if you are practising counting in 2's, 5's, 10's or 3's. Last half term we started our learning on fractions, Fractinio's Pizzeria  is a fun game where the children have to top the pizzas with the correct fraction of each topping, this would be great to refresh your child's memory.

 

Another thing that we began learning about last half term was how to tell the time. Year 1 learnt to tell the time for o'clock times and half past times. Year 2 recapped half past, o'clock and moved on to learning quarter to and quarter past times.

You could make your own clocks at home or set little challenges, e.g.  Whoever can tell me when the clock is on a half past time gets a point...

Or, ask your child to tell you when it gets to 12 o'clock- lunch time.

 

 

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