LEARNING AT HOME
As of Friday 20th March , schools have been asked to close, and as a consequence, pupils will be away from school for an extended period. We would like to limit the impact this will have on your child’s education and there are many things your child can do at home to continue with their learning until they are back in school.
There are many useful websites which provide learning resources for specific age groups which will be beneficial for you to use at home. Topmarks (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/), provides fun and interactive activities for all areas of learning . Similarly, Primary Resources (http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/) and Twinkl (https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents), have thousands of resources and worksheets for all age groups.
The Publisher ‘Collins’ want to support you and your pupils, during this time. They have lots of free resources for primary pupils that you can download and use for free for primary students. There’s access to free eBooks, revision flashcards, worksheets and much more: https://collins.co.uk/pages/support-learning-at-home?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200319_COL_ShopifySchools_SLFH%20(1)&utm_content=
In addition to the specific links below, home learning packs for each year group are available here: https://sandfields-primary-school.j2bloggy.com/blog/home-learning-packs/
The school curriculum for Wales is made up of: the Foundation Phase; the national curriculum; the literacy and numeracy framework; personal and social education; sex and relationships education; careers and the world of work; religious education; the digital competence framework.
Currently a new Curriculum for Wales Framework is being developed for settings and schools in Wales. Following a feedback period which ended in July 2019, the refined version will be available in January 2020, which will be used throughout Wales from 2022. Whilst we are incorporating features of this new curriculum within our school, you can find the current statutory curriculum on the links below:
Foundation Phase – 3 to 7 years
Key Stage 2 – 7 to 11 years
Keeping up with reading is vitally important for children who are away from school for a period of time. If children aren’t in school, they are expected to read daily for at least 15 minutes. All children from Reception to Year 6 are encouraged to either read their school reading book or an appropriate text. Pupils are encouraged to read books they have at home for pleasure (e.g. Roald Dahl, Julia Donaldson, David Walliams). As well accurate decoding of words, children are encouraged to answer questions based on what they have read to check their understanding.
Pupils from Reception to Year 4 are taught literacy through the Read Write Inc programme which teaches pupils phonics through learning three sets of sounds. These sounds are accompanied by words containing the sounds. It would be beneficial for you to practise these sounds and words with your child using the ‘Spot the special friends-Fred Talk-Read the word’ strategy. Your child knows which colour group they are in and the corresponding set of sounds is listed below:
- Set 1 sounds – Nursery (Miss Williams), 1A, B and C groups (Mrs Pugsley), Ditty (Ms Bretherton/Mr Jones) and Red group (Miss Lodwig)
- Set 2 sounds – Green and Purple groups (Mr Hanbury) and Pink and Orange groups (Miss Rees and Mrs Chaves)
- Set 3 sounds – Yellow group (Miss Price, Miss Richardson and Miss Watts), Blue group (Miss Davies and Miss Llewellyn) and Grey group (Miss Wargent/Mrs Lloyd)
Read Write Inc resources including ‘speed sounds’, ‘green words’ and ‘red’ words which we use in school are available by clicking on the following links:
The books used within daily Read Write Inc sessions are also now available as eBooks by clicking on the link below:
Additional phonics resources are also available here: http://www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk/ (Username:march20, Password:home)
RWI Phonics lessons at home from Monday 23rd March:
From Monday 23rd March and for the next two weeks, Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons consisting of three short Speed Sound lessons with one of our trainers every day will be available on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ
Films will show at the times below and be available for 24 hours:
Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm
Read Write Inc Parent Information
Additional Read Write Inc information can be found by visiting the website below:
There is also a hotline for parents and carers helping children learning to read at home with Read Write Inc. Phonics. Please email email@example.com with any queries.
Oxford Owl for Home from Oxford University Press – Read Write Inc Resources
As mentioned above Read Write Inc eBooks, as well as other Read Write Inc resources are available here: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=&level=&level_select=&book_type=&series=#
Free resources include:
- 72 free eBooks matched to Read Write Inc. Phonics Storybooks (choose the Read Write Inc Level in the ‘Level’ drop down menu – if you are unsure which Read Write Inc your child is in, please message your child’s teacher on Class Dojo)
- 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets
- 28 Ditty practice sheets
- Parent information booklets
- 8 Speedy Green Words slideshows
Parents and carers will need to set up a free account and then login to access eBooks.
Oxford Owl for Home from Oxford University Press – General Literacy Resources
In addition to using the Read Write Inc eBooks, pupils will benefit greatly from reading the other books available on this website: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=&level=&level_select=&book_type=&series=#
The correlation list below will help you match the Oxford Level books to your child’s Read Write Inc ability:
Read Write Inc Level: Related Oxford Level:
Set 1 – Groups 1A, 1B & 1C – Level 1
Ditty Group – Level 1+
Red Group – Level 2
Green Group – Level 3
Purple Group – Level 4
Pink Group – Level 5
Orange Group – Level 6
Yellow Group – Level 7
Blue Group – Level 8
Grey Group – Level 9
All children from Reception to Year 6 are encouraged to learn to read and spell a list of high frequency words known as ‘Red Words’ which you can access here: Red Words
Please help your child learn to spell these important words. There are many different ways you can make spelling fun:
- Use items such as Play-Doh to spell out words
- Use felt pens, bubble writing etc. to make practising writing the words more interesting
- There are many apps such as Spellosaur you can install on mobile devices which allow parents to input spelling words and games are then generated to make learning to spell these words more engaging
All children from Reception to Year 6 have their own HWB username and password (if you require this information please contact your child’s class teacher through Dojo). All younger children access J2E which has a variety of different programs such as JIT and J2Office which allow your child to write, draw and create graphs online. Older pupils are familiar with programs such as Office 365 where they can create PowerPoints, spreadsheets and Word documents.
J2E also has a “J2Blast” program which provides games for children to practise spelling and maths skills.
A guide to help you to use Hwb and J2e at home: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=FifpAgXUJq8
All children from Reception to Year 6 have their own Abacus username and password where they can access interactive games and activities (the school code is – tghp). However, if you require additional information on your child’s account please contact your child’s class teacher through Dojo.
A list of useful maths websites can be found here: https://sandfields-primary-school.j2bloggy.com/blog/useful-maths-websites/
White Rose Maths
Pupils across the school have been taught Maths using the White Rose scheme. Easy to follow year group schemes of work are available for you to access on our website: https://sandfields-primary-school.j2bloggy.com/blog/maths/
The White Rose Maths Team has prepared a series of five maths lessons for each year group from Year 1-8. They will be adding five more each week for the next few weeks. Visit the site using the link below then click on your child’s year group (remember that year groups are a guideline only and pupils can complete activities from the years below and above depending on their ability). Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
All children will benefit greatly from using this time to practise their times tables. In addition to reciting their tables, children have access to online games such as J2Blast and TT Rockstars to play exciting games. As a minimum, children in the following year groups should be able to recite and rapidly recall facts from the following times tables:
Year 2 – 2x, 5x and 10x tables
Year 3 – 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x and 10x tables
Year 4 – 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x and 10x tables
Year 5 – 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x, 8x and 10x tables
Year 6 – All up to 12×12
All pupils have access to J2Blast through their HWB accounts. Here they can play TT Blast/SATS Blast (KS1 or KS2) to practise a wide variety of maths skills.
Telling the Time
Telling the time is also an essential maths skill that children can practise easily at home. As a minimum, children should be able to do the following:
Nursery – sing/chant the days of the week
Reception – sing/chant the days of the week, months of the year and seasons
Year 1 – Read “o’clock” times on both analogue and digital clocks
Year 2 – Read “half past” “quarter past” and “quarter to” on an analogue clock
Year 3 – Read to the nearest five minutes on an analogue clock and calculate how long until the next hour; Read hours and minutes on a digital clock using am/pm conventions
Year 4 – Tell the time to the nearest minute on an analogue clock; Read hours and minutes on a 24 hour digital clock
Year 5 – Calculate start and finish times and durations using hours and minutes (e.g. a film starts at 3.20pm and lasts for two hours 55 minutes, what time does it finish?)
Year 6 – Use and interpret timetables and schedules to plan events and activities (e.g. look at this bus timetable, what is the latest bus I can catch to arrive at the cinema by 7.15pm?)
National tests are usually taken in May by all children in Years 2 – 6. Children sit three tests altogether – a reading test, a procedural test (maths) and a reasoning test (maths – problem solving). A selection of past papers are available on our website: https://sandfields-primary-school.j2bloggy.com/national-test-papers/
Many paid-for resources which teachers subscribe to have been made free for a limited time. We have included a list of resources parents may find useful:
Twinkl is a resource site containing thousands of resources for pupils on a wide variety of topics. In order to access these resources free of charge, please visit www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code: UKTWINKLHELPS
Navigating this site can be a minefield due to the vast array of resources available however there is a “Parents Hub” with links to the most useful resources: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents
TTS has put together downloadable “Learning at Home” packs for KS1 (ages 5-7) and KS2 (ages 7-11) and an Early Years edition is coming soon. They include a wide variety of activities covering all areas of the curriculum, some written and some practical. Visit https://www.tts-group.co.uk/home+learning+activities.html for more details.
If you have any further questions regarding your child’s education please contact the class teacher through class Dojo.