As we prepare to return to school next week, there will be a lot of questions from both yourselves and the children. We understand there will be excitement but also apprehension from children about the prospect of returning to school. While some children will run in to class, others will feel a huge mixture of emotions and may be more cautious.
With this in mind we would like to provide you with some resources to help answer some questions and hopefully ease any worry the children may be experiencing.
The following is a 'Social Story' talking through the return to school. Social stories are used to 'teach communal skills through the use of precise and sequential information about everyday events that your child may find difficult or confusing, thus preventing further anxiety on the part of your child.'
Talk this through with your child slowly, showing them the pictures as you would a normal story.
When the children arrive into class they may notice lots of changes. Following guidelines from the government we have removed a lot of toys so there are a lot of empty shelves. Similarly we have been advised to remove soft furnishings, toys, blankets etc - anything which cannot be cleaned easily. Therefore there are no teddies or cushions in the book corner. It might be helpful to talk these changes through with your child and this is a social story that may help you to do that.
Please can you also talk to your child about the importance of hygiene. We will remind the children too when they return to school. We will be regularly hand washing and hand sanitising as well as teaching the children how to use tissues to 'catch it, bin it , kill it.'
Each child will be given a free wash bag to take home encouraging them to change out of the clothes worn at school as another precautionary measure.
We will be working hard to make sure the children's well being is our priority when they return to school. We will be incorporating the Rainbow of Resilience which has been designed by educational psychologists into our learning everyday and using the strategies to help boost the children's confidence, allow them an opportunity to communicate how they are feeling and eventually equip them with the skills that will help them transition successfully into Year 1. Below is some information about the Rainbow of Resilience.
Finally here is a short youtube video that you can watch with your child all about the return to school.
Week commencing 1.6.2020
Hello everyone. I hope you are all well and have been enjoying the great weather and sunshine.
As you are aware, our original plan was to return on Monday June the 1st. As this has been put back a week I have decided to postpone the start of our new topic until children return the week beginning the 8th. Similarly I will wait until then to introduce the final set of sounds we need to teach in Phonics.
Therefore this week I am going to provide some stand alone Maths and English lessons for the children to access before we start our new learning next week. Some of this will be online learning so if you have any problems accessing this i can send worksheet based alternatives instead. I am in school this week, getting the classroom ready for the children's return so I may not be able to get back to you until the end of the day.
I have decided to put the whole weeks learning on together but as always just do what you can and there is no expectation to do everything.
https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ Lesson 1 - Superworm
I thought it might be nice for the children to reflect about their time at home during the last couple of months. You could either help the children to complete this or discuss with them their favourite, most memorable things during lockdown and draw/write them on here.
I will be sending out more resources to help the children to transition from home to school soon.
ictgames.com/mobilePage/lcwc/index.html Select Year 1 then Tricky words and then choose which words your child may need to practice.
Can I say a huge thank you to everyone who sent messages and pictures and videos yesterday. It made my day! xx
Several parents have let me know that their children are really enjoying the work booklets. I have added booklets on three tricky words that children often get stuck on. You don't have to complete all of them but you can if you wish! Once the children are comfortable with reading and writing them, encourage them to spot them in their story books and use them in their own writing.
As part of Mental Health week can the children think about all the things they are grateful for in the activity below.
We will be looking at halving this week. Again, I suggest you start in a very practical way. If you have any fruit or veg spare, it is really helpful to show the children a whole apple/orange, explain it is a whole piece of fruit and then cut it in half. Show the children the two halves and explain how they are the same and one has been shared into two halves. Explain that when something is halved, it is shared into two equal parts. Practice with beads, sweets etc using 'one for you, one for me'.
If your child already has a good grasp of what halving means. Use larger numbers or give them an odd number. Can you half this amount? Why not?
Show the children the two maps. Do the children know or recognise any countries? Where do you live? Where have you been on holiday? Explain to the children that Pirates sailed all over the world to find treasure.
Can they colour in the countries where Blackbeard, Anne Bonny and Black Bart came from (see attached sheet). They might want to stick the picture of the pirate next to their home country. Show them how far they sailed over the sea to the Caribbean and the Americas.
You don't need to complete the whole booklet - just what the children want to do.
A practical lesson today. We have looked at 3d shapes many times before but the children often find the names hard to retain so we need to regularly practice them. Here is a link to a short BBC bitesize video. Watch together and then see if the children can find the same 3D shapes around the house. Make sure the children are regularly using the correct names - cube, cuboid, pyramid, sphere. Can they make a model using 3D junk model materials? Or collect as many 3D objects as they can and put them in to groups?
For our writing activity this week I would like the children to write a message in a bottle. I have written my own message and if possible it would be nice to print it out and put it in a bottle for the children to find.
We are now going to move on to doubling. This is new learning for the children although they may already have a good concept of it. If possible today should be kept very practical, giving the children chance to explore doubling before trying to solve problems about it.
If you explain doubling as - 'Adding 2 numbers that are the same'
Here is a link to a Youtube video giving you some ideas about how to explain doubling to children in a practical way.
Our writing activity this week is to make a Wanted Poster for a pirate. I have added a template but feel free to create your own.
In school we might help the children to write WANTED at the top, draw a picture of the pirate and then either
a) think of some describing words to write around the picture - for example bad, hairy, mean, dirty, greedy etc.
b) Encourage and support your children to write a simple sentence underneath the picture. e.g.
'This Pirate is missing. He is bad and greedy.'
You can make this as simple or as detailed at school.
Using ordinal numbers is new learning for the children so spend a bit of time demonstrating how to count objects using ordinal numbers - 1st, 2nd,3rd etc before you attempt the work sheet.
This is an optional worksheet if you're child wants a bit of a challenge.
A bit of singing fun for Friday. At the beginning of the year. A lady came in to sing with the children and The Pirate Song was one of the children's favourites so they should recognise it.
Remember, all of the above does not need to be completed in one day. I have given an extra maths piece of work and the weekly written activity but these only need to be done if the children are keen!
Week commencing 20.4.2020
Hello! Welcome back after the Easter break. I hope you are all well.
As Mrs Chambers let you know via email, where the rest of the school will be using Class Dojo to communicate between home and school, Early Years are going to continue to use the School website to set work and Tapestry for you to share what the children have been doing.
As we have all been realising over the past few weeks, families are approaching home schooling in lots of different ways and there is no right or wrong way. The important thing should always be the happiness of both you and the children. With this in mind, we have thought carefully about how best to provide work for the children to complete at home.
I will be setting work that we would normally be covering in school at this point in the school year and as close as possible setting similar activities. We don't regularly use worksheets in Early Years but I will be setting them as home activities as I think they provide a clear structure for both you and the children to work from and allow you to expand on them if you want to.
It is worth remembering that all the children are at different stages in their learning and the support they need will differ depending on the activity. Please email me with any questions you have regarding this.
I will be setting work on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I will set a Phonics activity, a maths activity and a topic based activity on each of these days. I will also set a weekly writing activity.
Our topic this term will be Into the Unknown - Pirates and Explorers and you can find the Curriculum Plan here.
Please refer to the Early Learning Goals as they will give you a good understanding of where the children need to progress to by the end of the year in each area of learning.
Phonics - We would normally spend the first week or two after Easter reminding ourselves and going over the sounds we have already learnt so this week we will review the sounds ai and ee and also look at tricky words.
Today we will be looking at the ai sound and I have uploaded a simple lesson plan to let you know how I would deliver the lesson and a simple activity to go with the sound. Where I refer to flashcards - this can simply be a piece of paper with the sound written on it.
For the next 2 weeks we are going to be looking at capacity. We usually look at this during the warmer months because it is the best time for the children to get outside and play with and investigate water and containers. This is a very practical area of learning in maths and in Early Years the emphasis is on the language and vocabulary the children are using. Can they talk about the capacity of different containers and put them in order?
Although I have uploaded a worksheet feel free to extend the learning by getting outside and messing about with different sized pots, jars and containers and a big bucket of water!
Capacity activity - Talk to the children about what capacity means - i would describe it as how much space is inside something. Have a go at filling and emptying different sized containers and talking about how much is inside them before attempting the worksheet.
We usually start a new topic with a story and I have chosen The Night Pirates by Peter Harris. I am hoping to upload it to Tapestry but if that isn't successful it should be on the website Monday morning or soon after!
Topic activity - Find out about a pirate.
Week commencing 30.3.2020
Here is the Home Learning Ideas sheet for Week 2. I have kept some areas the same but have updated the Learning areas of Writing, Number, Topic and Art.
Please have a look at these Early Years Home Learning Ideas. They have some fun ideas to support Maths and Phonics learning at home.
Here are some practical activities to consider but I mainly added this as it has some good recipes for play doh and cornflour doh on the last page! We do the cornflour play a lot at school and the children love it!
I would rather not put worksheet type activities on here as I am aware that all the children are at different levels and not everybody has access to a printer. However if you would like some extra Phonics or Maths activities please just email me and I can send you some more resources directly.
I hope everyone is staying well. You are all doing brilliantly, home schooling is tough!!
Storytime with Mrs Long! - The Scarecrows' Wedding
Week commencing 23.3.20
Hello! As I'm sure you are aware, setting work for Early Years children to do at home will look slightly different from work set for older children. We would rarely work from worksheets in school so I don't expect the children to do that at home either. However, I am also aware that unless you have some sort of structure to work with it might be difficult to keep the children focused.
During a normal school day, we would focus on Phonics and Maths in the morning and these would be structured whole class teaching sessions. The afternoons tend to be focused more on child led learning. This means, giving the children the chance to take part in activities independently and the adults will bring the learning out through their play. For example if the children are playing shops in the role play area, we would join them in their play but model and encourage them to write price labels, shopping lists etc. In this way the children are still playing but quality learning is still taking place.
It is also worth remembering that learning doesn't always have to involve paper and pencils. We are talking, having conversations and answering questions all day as I'm sure you are and this is a really valuable way to find out what the hildren know and what they don't understand.
With this in mind, I suggest you do a bit of both types of learning while the children are at home. I have uploaded the Phase 3 sounds and tricky words which we have been learning and you could spend some time practicing these with the children in a more structured way. Similarly practicing ordering and recognising numbers up to 20 can be done regularly. However the children won't always be in the mood as is sometimes the case in school so I have added a collection of ideas which you can pick and choose from. I have organised them into the different areas of learning which we assess the children on at the end of the year. That way you know you will be covering as much as possible. I have also added the Early Learning Goals which the children work towards across the year.
You will also see a link to a fantastic Joe Wicks kids workout to keep the children moving!
Remember Tapestry is a great way to record and let me know what the children are up to and it will allow me to see the children who I am going to miss!
I won't bombard you with too much today but feel free to email me any time with any questions or anything else that might be helpful. My email address is on the website.
Keep well and stay positive!
Week commencing 16.3.20
This week in Phonics we shall be looking at ow and oi. In maths we will be focusing on measure and linking our learning to our story this week Jack and the Beanstalk. We shall be measuring beanstalks and recording our answers and using the correct vocabulary to describe and compare length of beanstalks.
St Josephs Day Mass at church - Thursday 19th March - 9.30 am
Week commencing 9.3.20
This week we will be looking at the sounds or and ur in Phonics. We shall also be practicing our tricky words, especially we, she and he. In maths we will be focusing on addition and introducing subtraction.
We will be reading Jasper's Beanstalk, sequencing the story and re-telling it using pictures and labels. As the story talks about days of the week we will also be practicing putting these in order.
We will be keeping track of our pea plants and if our cress has grown enough, we will be making cress sandwiches!
Don't forget it is class photos on Monday morning.
Week commencing 2.3.2020
This week is National Book week. We have lots of exciting activities for the children to get involved with and oppurtunities to get to know some fantastic books and stories. If you haven't already done so, don't forget to send in a shoe box size box by Thursday along with their favourite book as the children will be making their own dioramas.
We will also be learning the sounds 'oo' and 'ar in Phonics and in Maths we shall be looking at teen numbers. Don't forget the Phonics borrowing box is in the classroom if you want to take any games or activities home linked to the sounds we are learning in school.
** Forest School for Group 1 - Tuesday am.
Week commencing 24.2.20
Welcome back and I hope everyone has had a relaxing week.
This term is a busy one. We have World Book Day and a whole week of celebrating all things books and reading. We also have Science week this term when the children will enjoy getting stuck in to all sorts of investigations and experiments.
Our topic this term is Growing and we will be trying to answer the question' How does the world around me grow?'
See our Curriculum plan here
This week we will be looking at the digraphs igh and oa and in Maths we shall be concentrating on 2D and 3D shapes and their properties.
Wednesday 26th February - Mass in School 11am - all welcome
Thursday 27th February - EYFS Phonics Workshop 3.30pm
W/C 2.3.20 - Book Week
W/C 9.3.20 - British Science Week
Thursday 19th March - St Joseph's Day Mass at church - 9am
Week commencing 10.2.20
This week in Phonics we shall be going over all the sounds we have been learning this term. We shall be using them to practice reading and writing simple CVC words and short captions and sentences. In Maths we will be playing lots of number games to consolidate the learning we have done so far this year. We will also be bringing our Winter topic to a close by looking at what this time of year looks like in Australia and comparing it to winter in this country.
If possible we would like to ask parents who are able to do so to come into class for ten minutes after drop off on Wednesday morning so the children can show you how well they have learnt One Snowy Night. For those who can't make it we will try to record it and put it on to Tapestry.
Thanks again to all those parents who came to help at Fineshade Woods.
Week commencing 3.2.20
This week in preparation for our visit to Fineshade Woods we are moving away from Arctic animals and we will be looking for signs of Winter closer to home. We will be finding out what animals in our country do to take care of themselves over winter. We will also be choosing a tree in our school playing field and tracking it from winter, through spring and in to summer.
In maths we will be moving on to addition and looking at number bonds to 10 and in Phonics we shall be looking at the sounds ai and ee.
As the Parentmail letter explained we will be visiting Fineshade Woods on Thursday. We will be going with the Early Years class from St Mary and St John Primary School in North Luffenham which will be lovely for the children. We will be taking part in Forest School type activities so please dress the children in warm clothes which you don't mind getting a bit messy and a waterproof/showerproof coat. Depending on the weather on the day either wellies or old trainers will be fine. The children will need a packed lunch and drinks bottle. We hope to be back at school around 1-1.30pm.
Week commencing 27.1.20
Monday is Healthy Living Day. The children will be taking part in yoga sessions, cooking and meeting a professional athlete. Please can children come in to school in PE kits. If PE kits are in school, the children can change when they arrive.
The rest of the week we will be continuing our winter around the world theme. We will be learning about Polar animals and how they stay warm. We will also be starting to make our own One Snowy Night story maps to re-tell to the rest of the class.
In Phonics we shall be learning the sh, th and ng digraphs.
In Maths we shall be looking at the number 13 and doing some work on estimation.
Week commencing 20.1.20
This week in Phonics we will be moving on to digraphs ( two letters that make one sound). We will look at , zz, qu, ch and sh. In maths we will be moving on to number 12. The children have done really well taking on the concept of tens and ones and we will be continuing this looking at 12 being ten and 2 ones or ten and 2 more.
As part of our winter topic we will be learning about Arctic animals. We will be taking a trip to the school library to find information about our favourite Arctic animals and making posters to display what we have found out. We will also be comparing their homes and diets to animals that live closer to home.
We shall also be building our story map for One Snowy Night. The children are enjoying using the actions that go with the story.
Can I remind everyone to keep reading books/diaries in book bags. We read with the children on different days each week and it is a shame when we can't read with their chosen book because it isn't in their bag.
Week commencing 13.1.20
This week we will be looking at the sounds w,x,y and z in Phonics. We shall be starting to think about the actions that will help us re-tell our Talk for Writing story - One Snowy Night. As the week goes on, we shall also be making our story maps.
As part of our Winter topic we shall be finding out what winter is like in the Arctic. We will be looking at the animals that live there and how people live in that part of the world. We shall also be making our own classroom igloo so if anyone has any large cardboard boxes at home we would certainly make use of them.
In Maths we will be moving on to the number 11. We will be using ten frames to help us understand tens and ones and thinking about how we can count larger quantities accurately.
Week commencing 6.1.20
Happy New Year!! I hope everyone has had a relaxing and fun break.
Here is the Curriculum Map for the next term.
This week we will be recapping all the sounds we have learnt so far and also introducing the sounds j, v, w and x.
In Maths we will be looking at the number 10 and begin to look at tens and ones.
We will also be introducing our new 'Winter' topic.
PE will be Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons so can I ask that PE kits including trainers can be in as soon as possible please.
Can I also remind you that as of Monday the 6th children are to be dropped off at the door.
Week commencing 9.12.19
This week in Phonics we will be learning the l sound and will also be looking at the tricky words 'the' and 'I'. In maths we shall be moving on to the number 10 and reviewing what we have learnt in maths so far.
We will be watching the KS1 Nativity dress rehearsal on Monday aftrenoon and will be practicing for our own Christmas play which we will be performing on Thursday afternoon. I had thought we would start at 1.30 but realistically we probably need a little more time to get changed so we will be aiming to start at 2pm.
Thank you for your support in providing items for the children's costumes.
Week commencing 2.12.19
This week will be rehearsing our Christmas performance and practicing our songs. In Phonics we will be looking at the sounds h, b, f and ff. In maths we will be moving on to the Number 9 and talking to the children about what they have learned so far in maths.
I hope the children have shared the Little Red Hen story maps with you. They have all done so well using story language and expression to re-tell the story. From this week we will be talking about and learning about the Christmas Story and will be slowly starting to get into the Christmas spirit!!
Apologies for not adding much to Tapestry in the past week. We had a few technical issues!
Week commencing 25.11.19
This week we will be learning the sounds ck, e, u and r. As we have now learnt a number of sounds we are starting to blend sounds to read simple words. This week during our Phonics sessions we will be using lots of different strategies to help us blend sounds to read both as a whole class and in small groups.
The children are doing brilliantly re-telling The Little Red Hen during out Talk For Writing sessions and this week they will be bringing home their story maps so they can share the story with you at home.
In Maths we will be looking at shape this week . Talking about the properties of both 2D and 3D shapes.
Week commencing 18.11.19
This week will be learning the sounds g,o,c and k. In Maths we are on to the number 7 and we will be looking at more than and fewer than. Looking at two different amounts and using our knowledge of number order to work out which has more or fewer.
It is Judaism week at school this week and the whole school will be taking part in activities to learn more about the Jewish faith. In Reception we shall be learning a very simple story behind Hannukah and looking at artefacts to give us a better understanding of Judaism.
We will be doing PE on Thursday this week and if the weather is kind we will try and do it outside so please remember PE hoodies and tracksuit bottoms if they are not already in school.
Week commencing 11.11.19
This week we will be starting to draw our story maps for The Little Red Hen. We will also be learning the sounds i,n,m and d. In Maths we will be looking at the number 6 and finding the numbers which make up the number 6. On Wednesday we shall be visiting the bakery and on Thursday we will be setting up our own bakery in the classroom.
Monday morning is our Armistice Day Liturgy, we have the school disco on Thursday and Parents Evening is Monday and Wednesday evening. Don't forget Children In Need on Friday when the children can wear their own clothes/fancy dress in exchange for £1 donation.
Week commencing 4.11.19
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing half term break and the children are excited to get back into the school routine.
This term we shall be starting Phase 2 of our Letters and Sounds Phonics programme. We will start off by learning a new sound every day and this week we will be learning s,a,t,p. We will be doing lots of activities connected to these letters as well as explicitly teaching the sound. This will help the children to really get to to know the sound as they use it in their everyday speech. I will be adding activities to our borrowing box connected to our new sounds so please feel free to help yourself if the children are keen to do a bit of practice at home.
In Maths we shall continue to look at one number a week and this week we will be looking at the number 5. We will also be thinking about estimation and how to make a good guess.
Last term the children responded so well to our Talk for Writing lessons and I was amazed how quickly they picked up the story and could re-tell it independently. This term we shall be looking at The Little Red Hen, in connection with learning about harvest and bread making. We will be acting out the story, re-telling it in lots of different ways and drawing story maps to help us. We will also hopefully be visiting Hambleton's Bakery in the next few weeks.
** A quick reminder about Reading Books **
I understand how keen parents and children are to change books after they have been read a few times. However it is really important the children are given enough time to really get to know the story in lots of different ways. This may mean for the first few days talk through the story with your child, asking questions, predicting what may happen on the next page After that they may be keen to re-tell the story independently to you or a brother or sister or teddy bear! One reading time could be spent asking questions about why a character behaved in a certain way. Also remember, you don't have to read the school book every day, books from home shared together are just as valuable and will really help to expand their knowledge of stories and story telling. We aim to read with the children at school at least once a week and so suggest changing the books weekly also. As the children begin to learn the new sounds, they will start to bring more word books home. This can completely change story time as so much concentration and energy is spent decoding the words which can sometimes put the children off so remember above all else to enjoy the story and if they are too tired just do a couple of pages .
Thank you for all your support.
Week commencing 14.10.19
This week we are continuing to look at Autumn and we will be reading 'Leaf Man'. We will be making leaf puppets, conker rolling and making salt dough leaf decorations. In Maths we will be playing skittles and using dominoes and ladybirds to make numbers up to four.
To remind everyone - We now have a phonics games borrowing box in the classroom. You are welcome to borrow any of the games which we will also be playing at school. Just fill in the borrowing book and bring them back after a few days. Any questions - feel free to ask at drop off/pick up.
Week commencing 7.10.19
This week we will begin to think about the changing of the seasons and look at Autumn and the changes it brings. We will be doing lots of autumn related crafts and learning about animals who hibernate. In maths we will be moving on to the number four and what numbers make up four. We will also be learning about the properties of both 2D and 3D shapes.
The Briars youth team will also be visiting school on
9th October to run workshops with children on Discipleship.
Families are welcome to join us for a special
liturgy at 2.30pm. Early Years will be listening to stories about the Apostles John and James the Greater and will be producing a piece of art to take to the Liturgy.
We will be introducing the Chatty Bag this week. It is a small backpack that will go home with the children and that evening they can choose a special item to bring in the following day to share with the rest of the class. This can be a toy, book, photo or anything the children would like to share. Nothing too precious though!
This week we will continue to think about our local environment. On Tuesday we are visiting Oakham library and taking part in a story session there and hopefully, if the weather allows, we will be taking a trip to the park near the school.
In Maths we will be lookng at numbers 3 and 4. We will be ordering numbers and learning how to represent 3 and 4 in different ways.
The children have been learning our Talk for writing story - The Sleepy Bumblebee. They have done so well and can re-tell most of the story themselves using the actions we have learnt.
Finally, a reminder of the Phonics Workshop on the evening of Thursday 3rd at 6.
Week commencing 23.9.19
This week we are looking at the world around us. We shall be learning about living in Oakham, looking at maps of Oakham and thinking about where Oakham is in the world. In Maths we will be moving on to the number 2 and practicing touch counting. Maggie will be coming in to sing with us on Monday morning and hopefully we will be doing some more baking on Thursday.
We are slowly starting to send reading books home, don't worry if your child hasn't received one yet, they will do soon.
Week commencing 16.9.19
This week we are continuing out All about me topic. We will be painting portraits, making posters of our favourite things on the ipad and measuring our heights. In maths we will be starting our Maths Mastery program and looking at zero and the number one. In Phonics we shall be listening to instrumental sounds and playing our own instruments.
This week we will be sending the Chatty Bag home. The Chatty Bag is a small rucksack which the children will take home. In it they can put something they want to share with the rest of the class and bring it in the following day. This can be anything, it doesn't have to be a toy, a favourite book or a special momento. Just nothing breakable please. We will choose a different child every day.
We will attempt to do PE this week. We may not get completely changed but if you could make sure the children have trainers in school please.
Week commencing 2.9.19
Welcome to Early Years! I hope everyone has had a fun and relaxing summer and the children are all ready to start their school journey. This week we will be concentrating on settling the children in to school. Getting used to the routines and getting to know each other. Remember school starts at 8.45 and for this week only will finish at 1pm.
Here is our curriculum plan for the first term. Our topic this term is broad and flexible to take on board the ideas of the children as their learning progresses. The curriculum plan will show you the objectives we will be working on in each area for this term.
Further information on how to support your child's learning will follow.
Here is our Knowledge Organiser for RE for this term.
As many of you are aware we are currently using the Maths Mastery approach when teaching Numeracy in Early Years and we thought it might be helpful to show you a short lesson that demonstrates some of the techniques and strategies we use when teaching Numeracy to the children. Although this particular lesson was filmed last year with the current Year 1 children it is a good example of a typical maths lesson. If any of you would like to find out more about Maths Mastery, we will be running a short workshop towards the end of January - (dates to follow).
The password to view the video is Oakham.