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Welcome to Acorns!

Welcome to Acorn's class page. We hope you are managing through this difficult and challenging time! Over the past few weeks Acorns have been exploring the topic Spring and exploring the question... What grows? We have planted seeds and watched them grow and watched frogspawn in or classroom develop into tadpoles. Below I have listed some ideas of ways you can support your child to continue their topic learning.

 

In maths we have been learning all about shapes in our environment, and becoming confident in counting numbers to 20 (and higher for some children) and splitting numbers less than 10 using 10-frames and Part whole models.

 

In English we read the story The Little Red Hen, and have been practicing our sentence writing skills.

 

In phonics we are learning our Phase 3 sounds:

j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er

 

Please remember, if you have any worries or concerns, feel free to send me a message on class Dojo. This is a unusual time, but together we can all get through it.

Some ideas to help you continue your child's learning...

 

Here are some ideas for you to try at home which continue on from our learning in the classroom:

 

Topic

This term we have been learning about Spring and asking the question What grows?

 

Some ideas you could use at home:

 

Go for a spring walk - Can your child see the signs of spring? How many flowers can you count?

 

CBBC Spring watch : Online this page has loads of resources to watch around animals growing.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/springwatch-on-cbbc

 

Plant a seed in an old egg carton and watch it grow:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYGsLHiceeY

 

 

English

This term, we have focused on the story The Little Red Hen . We retold the story with actions and encourage the children to retell the story independently. Please ask your child to show you! We will be working on building words using our phonic sounds and begin to build words in to short sentences, working on capital letters and full stops. We will also be creating captions and speech bubbles to share our thoughts. You can encourage your child to write sentences about the book or their everyday life.

 

Some ideas you could use at home:

 

Can you practice writing your name?

 

Can you write a simple sentence about a person (or pet) in your family, or themselves.

 

Maths

This term, we have been learning about numbers to 10, and how we can split the number into parts and then put it together again. We have then learnt how to add and subtract these numbers and use the vocabulary of more and less accurately. We have begun to learn how to measure time, sequence events of the day and look at o'clock and half-past.

 

Some ideas you could use at home:

 

Can you count confidently to 20? (and beyond for some children)

 

Can you split a number lower than 10 into more than one group?

For example I can split the number 5 into two groups: 2 and 3. Does this still make 5? Are there any other ways i can split the number 5? (your child might find it helpful to have 5 objects to split)

 

Can you count your toys? How many do you have?

 

Can you split a group of toys into two groups?

 

Can you draw a 2d (or flat shape) shape? (square, circle, rectangle, diamond, triangle ect…)

 

3D shape hunt … challenge your child to find a 3D (or solid shape) shape in your home? (cube, sphere, pyramid, cuboid ) Can they count the faces and corners on it. Eg. a cereal box is a cuboid.

 

Phonics and Reading

 

Some ideas you could use at home:

 

Reading is a really important part of your child's development, it allows them to explore far away worlds and experience new things from the comfort of their own home. You can read your child's book from school or a book they like from home.

 

You can support your child by encouraging them to practice their sounds at home. We were learning phase 3 phonics before the school closures, but practicing phase 2 with your child will also help them to keep this fresh in their minds. 

 

Phase 2 sounds are:

s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d,  g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

Phase 3 sounds are:

 j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er

 

The website letters and sounds has loads of great resources if you want to explore phonics further with your child:

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-2.html

 

Mr T's Phonics channel on youtube is great :

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7sW4j8p7k9D_qRRMUsGqyw

 

Here is a lady pronouncing Phase 3 sounds on a Phase 3 sound map you can download on twinkl using the free subscription on the links at the bottom of the page.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU2vWZKS7rY

Here is the same lady doing phase 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIpcahxNSU4

 

Learning through play

 

As adults were told playing isn't time we learn, but for your children this is where the most of their learning takes place. Children love to play and its a great time to try out new things, develop skills like pencil grip when colouring or balancing when jumping off something. Your child is learning when they are playing, and if you join in with this play they will learn lots from it. Play can help your child develop their imagination, their communication skills and their problem solving skills.

 

Some ideas you could use at home:

 

Indoor camping : We may be confined to home, but a bedsheet (or two) made into a tent is a great way to pretend you're on a camping adventure. You could get your child to help make it, build a pretend campfire, and turn the lights off and tell stories by torchlight.

 

Teddy bear picnic : Invite your child and their toys to make a picnic in the living room, they can help you prepare some snacks and then role play eating them with their friends.

 

Toy Hide and Seek: Hide one of your child's toys and give them clues to help find it.

 

I hope these ideas help if you are wondering how you can support your child during home learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ideas for Home Learning:

If your child is currently off school due to self-isolation, illness or school closure and you would like to continue their learning at home, we recommend the following resources.

 

Twinkl

This website is offering parents the use of their resources for free. You will be able to use the website for a month. Resources can be downloaded and saved to use at any time.

 

Follow the steps below to access this offer:

Step One: Go to https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer

Step two: Enter your details in the 'New to Twinkl' account box using the offer code CVDTWINKLHELPS

 

You will then be able to access resources for your children by entering EYFS into the search box. You will find resources that include English, Maths and Phonics.

 

Letters and Sounds

If you would like to teach your child some phonics, this website has games and resources and is free to use. Our school uses Letters and Sounds for phonics.

 

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

 

If you require help with how to sound out the phonics sounds, please see the links below:

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7sW4j8p7k9D_qRRMUsGqyw

 

TTS

EYFS activity pack

https://www.tts-group.co.uk/home+learning+activities.html

 

Fisher Price Play

 

This website has a variety of games and things to do with EYFS aged children. It is free to access.

 

https://play.fisher-price.com/

 

Cbeebies Stories

It is important for children to develop a love of stories and reading. You can access many stories on the link below:

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories

 

Numberblocks

This resource is all about counting.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks

 

IXL

A maths website with activities and quizzes

 

https://uk.ixl.com/math/reception

 

Phonics Play

 

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk

 

https://www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk/comics.html

 

Songs

Here are some songs you might wish to sing with your child.

Days of the week

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXMofxtDPUQ  

Months of the year

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe9bnYRzFvk

Shapes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEbRDtCAFdU

Colours

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLZcWGQQsmg

Counting 1 to 20

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0Ajq682yrA

 

PE

Keep your child active with Joe Wicks' 30 minute PE home workout. A new video is posted at 9am every day.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0go1pTda8

 

Listen to a story by David Walliams

Free audio books. A new story is available everyday at 11am.

 

https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

 

The maths factor

A maths website with games, lessons and activities. Free during school closure.

 

https://www.themathsfactor.com/

 

Children can also practice writing their names or numbers as well as practicing skills like counting.

Homework

 

Your child has been given a home learning pack which includes a range of resourcs for them to use and enjoy. Children also have reading books. In order to foster a love of reading and to help your child develop further academically, please enjoy their book with them for a few minutes each day. You can help to encourage their understanding of what they have read by exploring the accompanying images with them and questioning your child about the text (there are some suggested questions below). 

 

Thank you for continued support with your child's learning

​​​​​​Reading questions

  • Can you tell me about...?
  • What did the character do here?
  • Why do you think they did that?
  • How do you think that made them feel?
  • What might happen if...?
  • Can you describe the...?
  • What do you think they should have done?
  • What tells you that...?
  • How you you know its day/night time?
  • What do you think will happen if...?
  • What else could they try?
  • Have you read a book like this before? What was it? Did you like it? Why?
  • Did you like this book?
  • What was your favourite...?
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