School closure due to Coronavirus
Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope you are keeping well in these strange times. Following a week of lockdown, Mrs Kilner knows full well what you are experiencing with three little ones of her own at home (aged, 5, 7 and 9). It can be hard to keep the children happy and you are probably figuring out what works for you. We have found that keeping screen time to a minimum in the morning, when the children are freshest, is best in order to focus on home learning. We appreciate most of you are not teachers so please praise yourselves for the brilliant job you are doing. Please don't try and replicate the school day, they don't need a minute by minute timetable. Some of them (and us!) are scared and anxious as we have never experienced anything like this before. You'll probably see more meltdowns and tantrums. What children need right now is to feel comforted and loved - go on a walk together (your daily exercise), play board games, bake cookies, draw pictures, snuggle under a blanket with a book, let them be bored! We will never have this time together as a family again, as hard as it is, try and look for simple pleasures and appreciate the togetherness because all too soon we will be back to our real, busy lives.
There is a a wealth of learning experiences circulating the internet at the moment; find which things you feel engaged with and join in with your children where possible. Here are some of our favourites:
To get active have a look at Joe Wicks workouts, Oti Mabuse dance classes and virtual training sessions from Casablanca (gym in Loughton).
For music have some lessons with Myleene Klass. For computing Purple Mash is providing hours of fun and has free access for the time being. Art is where the home is will be releasing art activities soon so sign up to their newsletter to find out about access.
Authors and celebrities reading books for you. Free access to Phonics Play to keep up with your phonics learning (crucial in year 1, while children are learning and mastering reading). Craig Jenkins is a popular and fun story-teller who works in a number of schools. Suessville explores the world of Dr. Zeuss books.
Numbots is giving free access during the lockdown (use your TT Rockstars log-in with Numbots)
At such a critical age, keeping up with reading is the one aspect we feel is vital for you to keep doing as frequently as you can.
Stay connected - letting children chat to their friends via video link has really helped Mrs Kilner's children stay involved with their friends. WhatsApp video and Zoom have proved very successful.
We we will keep adding links that we feel are useful. Have a look at the other class pages too as you may find useful links and ideas there too.
Please stay safe and follow government guidelines, we hope to be re-united with you all soon.
Mrs Kilner, Miss Choudhury & Miss Ghataura
Working from home and rainbows to spread joy - Mrs Kilner and her children's effort.
20.3.20 - School Closure Learning Pack
Year 1 Learning Overview
Useful documents to support your child's learning.
How to listen to a child's reading
1) Find a comfy place to sit and ensure you can both see the book.
2) Talk a little bit about the book - have they read any of it before? What happened? If not, look at the cover together and discuss what you notice?
3) Allow the child to start reading when ready.
4) Try not to interrupt them if they make a mistake; allow them time to spot their own mistakes and correct.
5) If they don't self-correct, ask them to take a look at that bit again and re-read. Provide a prompt if needed.
6) Listen out for the following:
-expression: do they vary how it sounds depending on what the words are?
-word recognition: how quickly they can recognise and read the words on the page.
-rhythm/phrasing: how do they group the words they are reading? Single word or in groups of 2 or 3 or even longer phrases?
-smoothness: does the reading flow well or does it sound choppy? Do they use punctuation well? Ensure they stop at full stops and don't run on into the next sentence.
Other ways to read:
A) Paired reading - take it in turns to read sentences or sections of text
B) Echo reading - you read a sentence or section of text and then the child reads it back to you.
This booklet (produced by another school) shows the topics we cover in maths in year 1 and has some helpful suggestions and websites for you to explore.
We have been learning to tell the time - we have focused on the o'clock and half past times on an analogue (not digital) clock.
Please help your child by pointing out these times to them.