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Thinkuknow is an education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
The Thinkuknow websites offers advice about how to help keey your child safe when they’re playing on a phone, tablet or computer. As well as advice, the website also offter a series of short age appropriate activities to do at home with your child linked to online safety.
Every pupil from Nursery to Year 6 has a user name and password for Education City. This enables children to continue their learning at home, playing fun activities linked to what they have been working on in class. If you you have misplaced your password or login details, please get touch and we can reissue them J
A nursery account for ‘Oxford Owl’ has been set so that you and your child can continue to access story books at home. The ebooks are free and are feature some really lovely stories for you to share with your little one.
On the web page go to the pink/purple ‘My class login’ button and insert the username and password:
Anything that you do to develop your child’s love of language is a good thing. If you are looking for specific ideas, there are lots of starting points here on Phonics Play.
We have a lot of fun in nursery exploring Phase 1 (this is all about developing pre-phonics skills). There are many ideas for developing these skills at home on the Phonics Play website.
The website is currently free to access (just type in the username and password below).
There is also a handy parents page that is all about helping your pre-school child at home – none of the suggested activities on the webpage need to be planned, are formal or are a big deal. They are just little things that can be added into everyday play with your child – we hope that you find them useful J
Phonics Bloom is another popular website that we use regularly at St. Anne’s. Many of the games are free to access on this site (we only use the free ones in school) and again the Phase 1 games are similar to activities that we practise in class.
As the year progresses in Nursery, we start to learn our letter sounds too.
We follow a program called ‘Jolly Phonics’ which is a lot of fun. This video explains the special order that we learn our letters and goes through the actions as well as how we say the sounds.
Our Jolly Phonics Songs – encourage your child to remember the action and song to go with each letter. (Unfortunately, the songs are in alphabetical order on this video and are not the order that we learn them in at nursery so don’t stress if you your child can’t recognise them all yet – we might not have covered them in class yet!)
Corma Beanstalk are working with Very UK, to bring you a series of online Storytime sessions. There are some brilliant books featured and they are being read by some very familiar faces.
Each week a new story will be available, and each one will also be accompanied by some top tips to help make sharing books fun and engaging!
We love to read J
Did you know that reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world?
It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word.
In Nursery and Reception, we encourage all our children to take home a library book each night – please try and find a quiet moment to share a story each night with your child. Library books can then be brought back to school the next day and your child can choose another story to take home J
For helpful advice and tips on reading at home please visit the ‘Booktrust’ website below:
Many little things light up hungry little minds. Children take everything in, and even the smallest things you do with them can make a big difference.
Children love it when you chat, play and read with them, even when they’re too young to understand everything. Whatever the time and wherever you are, you can turn almost anything into a game and every little thing you do together will help set them up nicely for the day they start school.
We understand that due to the coronavirus outbreak, you and your children are spending more time at home and you might be looking for a bit more inspiration for things to do. Start by trying some of these simple, fun activities.
Family Zone is full of free activities and ideas to keep your child busy at home, whilst also benefiting reading, writing and language development.