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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
sign in with email: email@example.com
Some information on how we say the phonemes (sounds) to help our children learn to read and write.
There is more helpful advice as well as useful tips on learning to read with phonics on the Oxford Owl website:
There are some useful phonic video lessons for children to watch too (in school we have been working on Phase 2 and Phase 3 and we are just about to start out on Phase 4)
A new site on Youtube has been set up to do daily phonics lessons. Reception lessons will be uploaded at 10.00am every day. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw
Here are some videos to start you off but please keep checking out the link in order to access the most current and up-to-date lesson J
Phonics Play is a website that we use regularly to support our daily phonic lessons in class and there are lots of fun and engaging games for you to play online at home. (We have been focusing heavily on Phases 2 and 3 and have begun touching on Phase 4.)
The website is currently free to access (just type in the username and password below).
Phonics Bloom is another website that we use regularly in class (we especially love playing the ‘Yes/No Yeti’ game in Reception and if you give the game a go, I’m sure the children will amaze you with their confident, independent reading of the captions J) Many of the games are free to access on this site (we only use the free ones in class) and again we have been focusing mainly on Phases 2 and 3 and are beginning to start on Phase 4.
Boom Boom Shake the Alphabet
We love singing and dancing along to this cool rap song! It has been helping us to learn the letter names and sounds (remember to look at the letters on the screen though as you sing and dance Reception…) J
A class account for ‘Oxford Owl’ has been set so that your child can continue to read at home. The ebooks are free and are from the same reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree) that we use in school and for home reading.
On the web page go to the pink/purple ‘My class login’ button and insert the username and password:
Teach your monster to read is free game that make learning to read fun. It covers everything from letters and sounds to reading in full sentences and it complements all the synthetic phonics that we have been learning in class. The computer version in 100% free (there is a small charge to sign up on your tablet or phone though) and you only need an email address to register.
Reading Eggs is used in school and is currently offering parents a free four week trail. The website offers guided, one‑on‑one lessons that match individual children’s abilities. There are fun games to play, colourful animations, catchy songs and exciting rewards too.
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!
‘The Maths Factor’ is sutiable for children aged 4-12 (I’ve used it at home my with both of my girl’s since they were in Reception and can highly recommend it). It usually costs £2 per week but is being offered free of charge at the moment. Sessions are divided up into age appropriate topics with Carol Vorderman teaching a short lesson. Children are then asked to complete a quick warm up (30 seconds of fast addition and subtraction sums at Reception level – its amazing how much faster the children get with daily practise!) followed by a lesson were children are encouraged to use their new skills that Carol demonstrated in her video.
Mathseeds teaches children aged 3-9 the core maths and problem solving skills needed to be successful at school with fun, highly interactive and rewarding lessons.
Mathseeds combines highly structured lessons with fun motivational elements that keep children engaged and keen to learn.
Mathseeds usually charges a fee but is currently offering parents a free 30 day trail.
White Rose Maths has prepared a series of maths lessons for Early Years – the first one starts with a story (one of our favourite stories in Reception and one that we know really well – ‘Supertato’). White Rose Maths is a free website and lessons and activities are set out day by day, week by week.
Oak National Academy is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources. Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the coronavirus lockdown.
Their online classrooms offer free access to great teachers, delivering video lessons, quizzes and worksheets. Available at Reception, primary and secondary levels, it covers a range of subjects. All of the lessons are ordered so your child can learn along a clear plan. New lessons and resources are provided each week to ensure continuity and continued progression.
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 their return to 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.
We have a lot of fun in our class – have a look at our year so far J
A visit from the Easter Bunny
We had a lot of fun on the last day of school before we broke up for the Easter break. We made and decorated Easter cards and baskets.
We had such a surprise when we came in after playing outside and found footprints and carrots on the floor! I wonder who could have made all this mess…?
Happy Mother’s Day
Happy mother’s day! We hope you liked our butterfly-themed cards – we really enjoyed making and writing them for you J
We also had a lot of fun choosing gifts at our annual mother’s day sale run by our parents’ association J
xxx We hope you all had a lovely Mothering Sunday xxx
We love reading and we love listening to stories in Reception J
Every Wednesday, parents, grandparents, friends and carers are invited into Reception to share a story with their child. Our sessions have been a huge success – we hope that you are enjoying coming in as much as we look forward to having you with us!
World Book Day 2020
We love stories and we love to dress up! What a magical day we had on World Book Day J
We all came to school dressed as our favourite book character and enjoyed a special assembly in the hall were we got to show off our wonderful costumes. We then went back to class and shared our favourite stories with our friends – we had so much fun J
How many book characters can you recognise from our class gallery?
PE with Miss Quinn
We love PE with Miss Quinn on Wednesday! Our confidence has blossomed this term and we have had a lot of fun using the different apparatus in the school hall J
Kung Hei Fat Choi
Mrs Nugent from Year 6 came to talk to us about Chinese New Year. She brought some exciting pictures and artefacts in from her home and told us all about how she celebrates Chinese New Year with her family.
Some of the children in Reception also talked about visiting town at the weekend to see the celebrations in Chinatown. They described the huge dancing dragons and explained to us that they were eating lettuces from the doorways and windows of many of the shops and restaurants!
Some of our children even stood up and spoke to us about celebrations in their own homes – we were fascinated to hear about about the lucky red money envelopes some children received and all about the children’s new clothes and special food that they ate to celebrate!
We also watched a video on CBeebies about a little girl called Abbie – she told us all about how she and her family prepare and celebrate for Chinese New Year.
Here’s the link in case you want to watch it again with your family:
J Kung Hei Fat Choi J
A special treat…
Each term, one pupil from each class is chosen for their determination, persistence and hard work to receive a special treat with our head teacher, Mrs Simons.
A massive well done to Sophie from Reception J – you have made your teacher’s so very proud with you mature attitude to learning – you are a role model to others J
The Bikeability team have been in to visit us. Each week we will be working in groups of ten in our outdoor area with a specially trained Bikeability instructor. We’ve had a lot of fun using the balance bikes so far and you can see already how our confidence has grown.
Our visit to St. Anne’s Church
We all walked down to St. Anne’s Church to see the big Year 3 and Year 4 children perform their Christmas Nativity Show.
We had a lovely time and really enjoyed their performance.
Afterwards, we had a look around the church…
A Wriggly Nativity
We invited all of parents and families along to see our Christmas show, ‘A Wriggly Nativity’ J
Getting ready for Christmas
We’ve been very busy in Reception…
We had a lot of fun trying out the different activities and games with our families at our Reception Parent Workshop…
Thank you all for coming J
Exercising our hand muscles
We have been working hard to develop our manipulative skills ready for mark-making with an assortment of resources and activities this term.
Using one-handed equipment and engaging in activities that require random cuts before expecting children to make controlled cuts…
Having fun with numbers
We have been working hard to recognise our numbers from zero to twenty. We’ve been practising our counting skills, remembering to count slowly and accurately and trying really hard to say just one number for each item as we count (perfecting our 1:1 correspondence).
Out and about in our local community
Every week we plan out together as a class what we need to buy for our snack table. We write out a shopping list and then we take it in turns to visit the supermarket next door to our school. Going to ASDA is lots of fun but a lot of learning also takes place too (writing out our shopping lists, reading what we need from our lists, scanning our shopping at the self service till and then working out which coins we need to pay for our shopping).
We then have to carry all of our shopping back to school!
An exciting day out
So much to do and so much to see, we had a lovely time at Chester Zoo J
Harvesting our snack
Guess what we’re having for our snack tomorrow…?
We’ve been learning all about harvest time and when we went outside we noticed that we had pears growing in our playground!
We had a lot of fun harvesting them ready for snack tomorrow J
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:
J Reception J J
Reception children have settled well into their new school and class –
we’ve all had a lot of fun exploring our learning environment and making new friends J