From Wednesday 3rd June, Reception children will come back to school to learn and play, but this may look a little different from what they are used to. Your child will be given a group that they will play in. They will play with the same children within their group at all times during the day limiting the number of children and adults that they will have direct contact with. Our groups are the Tigers, Giraffes, Monkeys and Crocodiles. We have also had to change our classroom environment to encourage the children to use social distancing as much as possible whilst they play. To do this, we have had to spread our usual learning areas out and take some of our resources away. During this time your child may be learning within a new classroom environment, but they will be with our familiar friendly staff who they have already built strong relationships with to reassure and calm them.
During the Covid-19 pandemic playdough, sand and water areas will not be available as they are resources which may store and spread germs more easily.
Homework folders will not be sent home during this time to limit items coming in schools which have been in different households. Homework is important though and is set purposefully to help your child to develop and practise the skills they have been learning in school. Therefore, please please continue to check Tapestry as homework challenges will be set on here to be completed over the weekend. We would love to see pictures and videos to show your child's involvement in learning. Please post pictures or videos for us to see too so that we can monitor at home learning and continue to challenge your child appropriately.
If you are having trouble in accessing Tapestry please contact the school office to let us know and we can sign you up for a new account or send you link to follow where you will be able to reset your password.
For those who do not send their children back to school on Wednesday 3rd June, homework opportunities will still be uploaded onto Tapestry for your child and here are some examples of learning websites that you could use at home
* The website www.lovemybooks.co.uk has fantastic reading activities linked to popular books which are suitable for 3-5 year olds. The website is free to access and has art and craft activities and audio stories for your child to listen to.
* www.phonicsplay.co.uk has a temporary free login for parents to access at home use the information below to access the website for free:
username - march20
password - home
* Part of the end of Reception expectation in Science is that they can make observations and talk about what they see. Zoos around the world are providing access to free webcams so you child can observe the animals and see what they like to do and how they live.
Use the following link to access zoo webcams - http://www.countryliving.com/uk/wildlife/countryside/g31784857/live-animal-webcam-zoo/
* PE with JOE Tune in on Youtube live to watch TVs popular the body coach to teach PE to primary aged children Monday-Friday 9am. search for The Body Coach TV
* The Rainbow Trail - During a time where it isn't safe for children to be playing in large groups, going for sleepovers or visiting their friends we want to them to feel connected to the rest of their community. Join in by painting a rainbow and place it in your window for others to see. If you go on a quiet, safe and socially distant walk you could play I-Spy and see how many rainbows you can find.
* the web link https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/ will take you to an official Read Write Inc website which provides videos of how parents can support RWI learning and advises them on how to say the pure sounds correctly to support early reading.
* David Walliams has announced that he will read a story every day for the next 30 days. Listn to him here: http://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
We look forward to hearing all about your learning activities.
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Early Years Lead