Good afternoon everyone!
As I sit and ponder what to write in today’s blog, I can’t help but think about all of the things that you have been doing this week as families. There is truly a sense that everyone is making the most of the opportunity to be together. The smiles, the home cooked food (and all the washing up?!!) and the overdue need to really spend time together.
Thank you for continuing to update us through Facebook and Classlist. These platforms are proving their weight in gold right now. As is, might I add, your sense of humour and willingness to have a go at all of the many learning opportunities at your fingertips.
I am loving the updates about Joe the body coach and can just imagine the giggles rippling through the living room as each family member joins in this daily PE (Including the sharing of all of the aches that come from not being in a PE lesson for many years!).
Other lovely memories of the week include children using the patio stones in their garden to keep up remembering phonics sounds. With so many of us spending time in our gardens, it was great to see some of the wild life you had found. Seeds have been planted in poly tunnels. Even the opportunities for learning about Maths when moving logs in the garden with siblings or going onto the Maths websites to learn about number scales. I smiled warmly when seeing children saying our lunchtime prayer before eating lunch, learned what a decent poached egg should look like (I can only dream of getting mine like this!) and then the many photographs of children sitting at your dining room tables completing English challenges or making dinosaurs.
WOW! What an eclectic week!
So, today, I wanted to add to the ever-growing list of websites that offer a range of learning experiences for our children. As the Easter Break approaches, I also wanted to include some fun Easter crafts to accompany the RE sessions your children have been completing this week. (See the attachments in previous blog posts if you are yet to have a go at the very fun and home-friendly Easter RE.) Additionally, I will include some ideas that were given in the paper packs provided at the beginning of the week. (See Facebook for where these are.)I am sure that we could all do with some Mindfulness exercises right now, in addition to the Outdoor Learning Ideas. (Keeping the rules for social distancing, of course!)
I won’t be providing activities for the Easter Break - We all need a well-earned break! I know that the English poetry will last until part way through the week after the Easter holiday and there are plenty of activities on the online subscriptions and websites shared so kindly by yourselves.
Please do ask any questions you have about any of these things.
Remember that you can email me(firstname.lastname@example.org) and contact me on Classlist.
Have a fabulous rest of the day. I hope that you have fun trying some of the Easter activities over the next couple of weeks!
Many Thanks, as always and a very Happy Easter to each and every one of you.
Miss Cathrine Pittas
Websites and Apps to support with:
Maths and Science:
Dragon Box (paid app)
Bee Bot App for Computing
C Beebies Numberblocks
ICT Games (For Literacy and Maths)
Prodigy Maths (Maths App)
Phonics and Early Reading
Phonics Play (This supports what we do in school)
Letters and Sounds (This supports what we do in school)
Cbeebies – Alphablocks
Teach your Monster to Read (Website is free but the App is paid... often free though!)
Teach Handwriting – cursive practise
Vooks - Storybooks brought to life
Mindfulness and Keeping Active
Cosmic Yoga – YouTube
Go Noodle – YouTube (There are move videos on their website)
Premier League Stars
Newsround (Great news for kids. Interactive and fun.)
The Maths Factor (Carol Vorderman)
Dough Disco (Great for EYFS and Year 1 children needing to strengthen their finger muscles)
Shonette Bason-Wood 9.30 am (YouTube) Dough Disco and Play-Based Story Challenge.
Steve Backshall (nature and natural world)
Glasgow Science Centre (10am demonstrations)
Natasha Lamb (On YouTube teaching British Sign Language)
ChatterPack (Google this... so much to delve into)
Science Sparks (simple Science experiments for at home)
David Walliams Story Time 11AM www.worldofdavidwalliams.com
First of all, may I say a Happy Mother’s Day to each and every Mum today.
I do hope that you have had busy little hands helping to make your day as bright as it can be! In class, we spoke about all that the children could do to spoil you. The ideas made for a very special (and entertaining) day indeed! I do hope that you will share some of the happiness on our Facebook page or on Classlist.
Tomorrow marks the first day your children will learn from home with you. Above all, it is the beginning of a special journey with your children. For some, keeping a strict structure to your day is absolutely the best thing to do. For others, keeping the learning sessions short is most certainly the best option. Who decides what is best? Is there a right or wrong way to go about your day? The answers to these questions lie with what is best for you. There is no right or wrong way to go about it. Use the next few days to get a feel for what will work for you. Learning at home will be very different to learning in the classroom. An hour’s Maths in school is time taken with a whole classroom of children. One-on-one learning is much more intense and so expect to spend less time in each of the subject areas. Don’t be afraid to Google ‘brain breaks for children’ or to go onto YouTube and do likewise. Remember, there are lots of ways that children learn and the Maths, English and Spelling/Phonics given to you below is not meant to be a definitive learning checklist. Why not try cooking together or playing different board games? Feel free to share your ideas with other parents.
How do the files work?
You will have noticed a lot of files below this post. Remember, there are 3 year groups in Kilminorth Class. Look out for files labelled up with your year group number. There is a planner for Maths and English. It will really help you to read the day’s session and then seek out any resources referred to on the plan. If there are things that don’t make sense or won’t work for you at home, leave them or ask me (or other parents) for some help. Above all, don’t worry about these things. Do what you feel that you can.
In the next couple of days, you can expect to see the logins for the online resources mentioned previously, a list of the phonics sounds learned by EYFS and Y1 so far this year and more learning sessions such as RE. In the meantime, feel free to browse some of the resources listed below. In time, I will add more links.
Can I finally take this opportunity to say how amazing our Trenode family is. You work so hard for your children and are SO supportive. I am so lucky to be a part of your children’s journey.
With the warmest of good wishes,
Miss Cathrine Pittas
Other useful resources and websites:
Paignton Zoo: Wild at Home Activities
For daily phonics: www.phonicsplay.co.uk: Username: march20 Password: home
30 day lego challenge (see picture)
World book online have made their collection of 3,000 ebooks and audio books available free for children‘Oxford Owl’ have made their decodable books free to access online.
at home may bring its challenges and we also know that many parents/carers will
have to continue working at home during this time. Because of this, we are keen
to support our wonderful Trenode families during this time. Whilst we are
attaching a variety of activities below, we also know that the learning and
experiences that you will have at home together will never be forgotten and will
bring so much value and life experience to the children. Therefore, whilst we
are setting work, we also appreciate how difficult this may be.
Please find attached the documents you can use to support your child. All present children will be given some books to write in on the last day of school. If your child is absent, please provide either paper or a book for them but do not worry too much if this is not possible. There may be additional documents attached to support your child's learning over time.
The attachments will be divided into different areas of the curriculum. For example: Maths, English, RE, PSHE and Mindfulness.
Please continue to encourage your child to read daily, practise their spellings/ phonics and times tables and to use Mathletics and TTRockstars. (Logins and passwords will be sent home.)
Do not feel that you have to print out the activities provided - your child can write the answers in the books.
Thank you, as always, for your continued support and positivity. Look after each other and keep checking this blog for updates.
In Kilminorth the children have been creating dinosaur bones for their forthcoming dinosaur hunt.
To help them, the children used some of the knowledge they have gathered over the last few weeks which they are using to write a non-chronological report.
Do you know these fascinating dinosaur facts?
Dinosaurs walked the earth for over 165 million years. They lived during a period of time known as the Mesozoic Era, or Age of Reptiles.
At the end of the Cretaceous Period they became extinct – that was around 65 million years ago.
The word dinosaur means terrifying lizard. This name was invented by Sir Richard Owen in 1842.
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