Information regarding the wider reopening of Park Mead and welcoming Year 1 back to the classroom
Structure of the school day
Once inside the classroom, your child will wash their hands, find their seats and place all their belongings at their individual desk. They will then complete a morning activity at their desks. During the morning we will then complete the home learning maths and English task, a phonics task and some whole class guided reading. The order of the day may change to ensure that everyone is happy and calm. We will use the additional time around the core subjects to access the continuous provision and outdoor areas, with a focus on mental wellbeing. The guidance recommends that we should try and support social distancing and this will be done while seated at tables. When using the continuous provision and outdoor areas we will limit the number of children using each resource and ensure resources are wiped down at key points during the day.
Lunchtimes will look very different on our return as we will each have a designated area in which to play and this area will only be for your child’s group. There will be no mixing of the year group during this time. Lunch will be taken in the classrooms at desks or outside in your child’s area if the weather is nice. The children will have a lunchbreak as they do at present. We will also take breaks throughout the day to support children’s wellbeing.
The afternoon sessions will consist of one topic based activity and one foundation subject activity across the two days. Again children will be able to access continuous provision and outdoor activities during these times.
To ensure that all children have the same access to learning opportunities we will be using the home learning activities in class. We will be changing how we release the weekly activities to support this.
- On a Sunday night we will release the tasks for Monday and Tuesday. Children in 1JB who are attending school will complete the maths and English tasks in class. Ideally, children attending school from 1FW will complete these tasks before coming to school on the Thursday as the tasks are often linked.
- On a Wednesday night we will release the tasks for Thursday and Friday. Children attending school from 1FW will complete these in class and children from 1JB should complete them at home.
- Those children who remain at home can continue to complete these tasks when they have time to do so.
- We won’t be able to hear children read individually due to the close proximity so we would ask that this is still a priority at home. On the Year 1 page of the website there are several links to online books as the mixing of resources between home and school is not allowed.
- Please ensure your child has a clearly named water bottle and pencil case to keep in class.
- We want to make the most of the fabulous grounds at school and would like to go outside everyday whatever the weather! Children will need to have a named waterproof in school each day, and sun cream applied before school on warmer days.
Welcome back Year 1! We hope you all had a lovely half term. Below is an overview of the half term ahead (Summer 2: Monday 1st June 2020 - Wednesday 22nd July 2020).
Our English unit of work this half term is based on Sidney the Spider and his tale of friendship.
Handwriting is a key focus in Year 1 so please can all the English activities that we set on Seesaw be handwritten in the exercise book we have provided or on paper rather than typed. A photo can then be taken and uploaded to your child’s Seesaw account for us to comment on. Templates can be downloaded below:
Please reinforce our Year 1 non-negotiables for writing. These are:
Please continue to read with your child as often as possible. A good website is Oxford Owl. This will give you access to a wide variety of free eBooks that are arranged according to age and reading level. Click on ‘Join us’ under the ‘Oxford Owl for School’ link and set up your own username and password to access the free eBook library. Rising Stars are also offering a 90 day free trial to their entire reading library. Their colour bands vary from ours but you can use the Key Stage 1 resources and find a match to your child's reading level. As we get a chance to look at it further we will give you more information on how the levels match. Reading Eggs is also spoken of highly on teaching sites and has a 30 day trial - keeping things exciting is key to keeping the children motivated.
We have uploaded two new handwriting packs below for this half term. One of these contains the first 100 high frequency words. We have loved seeing photos of the tricky word trees on Seesaw. Handwriting these words will also help your child learn how to spell them. In addition, we have uploaded a Phase 5 Sentence pack which will help to consolidate the Phase 5 sounds. Please encourage your child to complete no more than one page a day. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a printer, copy each page into the exercise book or onto paper instead.
Below you will find a handwriting pack for the next 200 high frequency words:
We will set a Phonics task on Seesaw each week to reinforce the sounds and tricky words the children have learnt so far. Below you will find a video of how to pronounce each phoneme correctly and printable flash cards for phases 2 - 5. You will be able to find interactive versions of these on the Phonics Play website (flash cards - speed trial/ time challenge and tricky words trucks). We use this website frequently during Phonics sessions at school. The subscription is now free (username: march20, password: home). A quick daily run through of the sounds and tricky words, either printed or interactive, followed by one of the Phonics Play games, for example buried treasure, would be ideal. Once your child is confident with these, please explore the phase 5 Phonics Play interactive resources for alternative pronunciations and alternative spellings.
We use White Rose Maths as the basis of all our Maths planning at Park Mead. A paper copy of the activities for the home learning lessons can be found below. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child carry out the activity successfully. Please note that White Rose are repeating some of the content they released earlier in the lockdown period from before we started uploading it to Seesaw. If you have already completed this content with your child, please use the alternative lessons and videos instead. You will also find an additional activity for each week below.
Our topic for the summer term is 'Gardener’s World'. We will be moving onto insects and other wildlife found in our gardens this half term. This is usually a favourite among the Year 1 team as we can get out and about exploring the school grounds. We would encourage you to do the same by taking your child's learning outside to the garden and on local walks. Whilst we will provide a weekly activity to support this topic on Seesaw, first-hand experience exploring and investigating the natural world is the best way for children to learn.
Below are some websites you may like to use to reinforce your child's learning at home:
Minibeast video and quiz:
Minibeast facts, gallery, videos, activities, and books:
Interactive minibeast activities:
A to Z of minibeasts:
Build a minibeast hotel:
What is a minibeast?
Websites and Activities:
Presentations and downloadable workbooks which are easy to use for parents. New material is being released each week.
Downloadable resource packs with teacher guidance. A week’s worth of resources is provided for each year group.
Downloadable guidance and resource packs for parents and pupils.
A range of activities. Some are interactive and some are to be completed offline. Activities are categorised by age range.
Videos for numeracy development designed for children aged 0 to 6. There are fun activities that can be applied to everyday life and play.
Your child will have brought home a log in for this website - it is learning times tables so please use with caution as it will be tricky.
A grid of activities to complete daily with your child - this has video links to support their learning.
Free eBook library when you create a username and password.
Free resource produced by The Wellcome Trust. Mark each activity that you do as 'done' to unlock more activities.
Home science activities which are fun and easy to do.
Garden and wood activities.
Science experiments for children.
Here is a list of some practical activities you might like to try at home during this time.
Please do try to read with your child as much as possible - sharing stories is equally as important as accessing school reading scheme texts.
To access Reading Cloud, click here.
Pie Corbett is the creator of the Talk4Writing scheme of work we follow in English. Here you will find suggestions for key books for each year group and activities linked to them: