Monday 27th April 2020
Hello LKS2 parents and carers,
We hope you are all well and not going too crazy with the lock-down. Many of you will be observing Ramadan now, we hope it is not too difficult for you. Try and keep in touch with your families using Skype, WhatsApp etc. we are all finding this is helpful.
This is some advice from the government:
Structuring the day
Do not worry about trying to maintain a full routine for your child like they had at school. But children will feel more comfortable and learn better with a predictable routine to the day, even if this is difficult.
When schools provide children with work they may give you advice on how to structure the day. But generally, you should try to make sure that they:
- get up and go to bed at the same time each day
- have regular meal times
- have regular breaks
- make time to be active - children are used to regular play at lunch and break times
Year 3 to 6 children
The best way to help children aged 7 to 11 learn is to:
- give them support and direction, but encourage them to do work independently too
- include active and practical things, rather than trying to make them sit and work for long periods
- try to break down the work into shorter periods, based on how long they can concentrate
- take frequent breaks
- praise or reward them when they do well
To check if they are learning try to:
- ask them questions as they go
- talk about things they learned
Ask children to talk through what they have learned during the day and find time to talk with them more generally.
Talk to your child about what they are reading. This will help them understand what they have read and encourage them to read for fun.
Ask your child questions about what they are reading. For example:
- ask questions that make them think about the story, such as how a character is feeling
- ask them to tell you what has happened in the story so far
Libraries are currently closed, however, you can find digital services they are providing at Libraries Connected.
Try to help children practise their writing. Work from school may be sent digitally, but using pen and paper will help children be ready for when they go back to school.
For this reason we have decided to put together weekly planning of what your child can do during each week. You will find it in Year 3 and 4 under Weekly Activities for home learning with the week beginning 27.04.2020.
The whole school including staff and children are going to have a Pyjamarama Day on Friday 1st May. Wear your pyjamas all day and do lots of reading activities! In the following week’s newsletter I will post photographs of the staff reading at home in their pyjamas.
Key stage 2 team update
All members of the team have been doing lots of on-line learning and teachers have been preparing resources for the children’s home learning.
Miss Worrall has been busy with her daughters. They had a mini disco, made a junk model aeroplane and Lottie made amazing lemon loaves with a lemon zest icing! They looked delicious.
Mrs Dundon Innis has been gardening whilst baby Paul chattered away to her the whole time.
Mrs Credland has created work for children to complete at home, been spring cleaning, she had a birthday party for her uncle over a video call, painted the fence and has enjoyed her daily walks with Mr C looking at all the rainbows decorating people's homes.
Mrs Baker is now a hairdresser as she cut her husband’s hair, she did a good job as he was quite pleased. Her garden is looking lovely especially the apple tree which is full of blossom and she has been very active, running each evening.
Mrs Cross also did some hairdressing, she shaved her husband’s hair off. He now has no hair! She has been gardening and planted lots of seeds in her green house. She is learning a new skill, how to crochet by watching You Tube videos but hasn’t been successful yet!
Mrs Bexon has started a course on programming Scratch, it’s a four week programme and she only has one week to go until she has finished it. She said it is really good and she looks forward to sharing it with the children. She did some cooking with her children Harry and Amelia and they made some yummy pizzas. On Tuesday night they tried to spot shooting stars in the sky, they weren’t very successful but they did spot Venus.
Mrs Ridgard has been trying to learn the Makaton she started at school and attempting to learn some more. Her results are mixed so far! Let’s hope she can master it.
Miss Ford has been enjoying the sunshine and has been decorating too. She has also been reading lots and taking the dog for a walk.
Miss Allen has been making resources for school and has been spring cleaning the house. She also baked scones and brownies.
Miss Paget has been supporting children with their learning in school. She says school looks fantastic and can’t wait for you all to see the brilliant displays the pupils have created.
Mrs Iqbal has been creative with her daughter, making junk model dinosaurs and sewing.
Until next week, please keep safe and look after yourself and your families. We miss you all.
Mrs Cross and the KS2 team