Garrick Green

Infant School

Miss Banner's and Mrs Herron's Home Learning - Week beginning 11.1.21

Please see below for the home learning for this week. There are also resources saved in the files at the bottom which might be useful.

We are giving you activity suggestions which will be the same as we are doing in school.

Each day we will video a phonics session and a story and upload them to a shared folder in Google Drive- the details on how to access these will be in an email when they are available.

Here are some videos to reinforce the phonics we have taught - Jolly Phonics Sounds and Jolly Phonics Songs

There are also Jolly phonics Apps available if you would like them (there may be a cost) - Jolly Phonics and Jolly Phonics Fun

If you want to read your own story daily at home that is fine or you can access these videos - CBeebies Bedtime Stories or School Readers Storytime (the password for this is love2read)

We will be hearing the children in school read every week. This will either be practising their word box words or using the reading scheme books. There are eBooks available from one of the schemes we use so if your child is able to read their word box words confidently, give these books a try - please start with Pink level. Access the library here -The eBook library. There are also Jolly Phonics eReaders but you have to pay for these - Jolly Phonics Readers. If you have a Norfolk library card, you can sign up to eReaders from them - Find out about it here.

Maths will be taught mainly through the White Rose videos and any resources you need will be saved in the files section at the bottom of the page.

Here is the link to the videos for Reception - Week 1 Maths - Alive in 5 videos - please do one video each day. The children can also watch these extra numberblocks episodes for reinforcement - Numberblocks - Hide and Seek and Numberblocks - Zero

Here are the videos for Year 1s - Week 1 - Number: Place Value - the resources to go with the videos are at the bottom of the page.

We will be doing Physical development every week through outside play - you can access Joe Wickes PE at home - PE with Joe

We will also do a Cosmic Kids Yoga session each week, you can access them here - Cosmic Kids Yoga Videos

We will be writing with each child individually each week through story scribing and a dictated sentence - you can do this at home.

Here is how we do story scribing at school -

● The child has a story they would like to write in their head or thinks of a story idea and you help them write it.

● Sit beside the child (if you are right-handed, put the child on your left).

● Make sure the child watches you write (the paper should be in front of the child, if possible). Write exactly what the child says.

● Say the words as you write them.

● Stop and read what you have written, then let the child carry on.

● Sound out the words as you write them.

● Point out spaces, capitals and full stops, etc.

● Exaggerate the letter formation so the child can easily see.

● Ask the child to sound out some words for you. At this point in the year some children may only be able to hear the first sound in a word. Please don't worry what they can and can't do - each child is different and these are all part of the development stages. You will see the progress, the more you do this.

● Ask the child to write a few letters – or words – as appropriate to the individual child depending on how confident with phonics they are.

● Use terms such as ‘characters’, ‘author’, 'setting', 'beginning', 'middle', 'end'. 

● Use the tricky word mats (tricky words arw words that cannot be sounded out) to help your child recognise and write these words if they appear in your child's story.

●The story should start off as mainly the adults handwriting and as the children become more confident there should be more of the children's writing. 

We will also be doing a dictated sentence for the children to write. The adult tells the child the whole sentence and then you say each word and the child says copies saying the word and listens to the individual sounds they can hear in the word. The child then writes the sounds as they sound them out. They will need their sound card in front of them to help them write the sounds they can hear in the word and the tricky word cards to help with these words. When they have written the sentence they put a full stop at the end.

This week the sentence to dictate for Reception is 'A cat ran fast.' For Y1 the dictated sentence is 'The boy ran away'. It doesn't matter if the spelling is not correct as long as the children are using their phonics, sounding out and writing the sounds they hear. For example they might write 'the boi ran awai.'

As you know a lot of time in school is play based learning which we call planning in the moment. Therefore the children at school will also have free play where they will be playing both inside and outside. When the children are doing this we will play and teach alongside them and extend their play by offering suggestions, commentating on what they are doing to extend their language and setting a challenge. This is when some of the best learning happens because the child is doing something that they are interested in. If relevant we will bring in other areas of the curriculum to extend or embed an idea for example; comparing sizes or counting objects in maths, building an iconic building which you have found a picture on the Internet, cooking and using technology. Children need time to play as it allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. This is what the children at school will be doing for a large part of their day. 

All Year 1 children have a workbook to complete their work in. Please email your child's teacher each week so that we can see what you have been up to with your learning at home. It could be a photo of their set sentence, something they have made or a completed maths sheet. For Reception children you all have a login for EExAT so you can take a photo of your child's activity or work and upload it with a comment so that we can see what they children are getting up to at home. Login here - EExAT.

We will really miss the children who aren't in school and this is a really valuable way of us keeping in touch and seeing how they are progressing.

Have a good week and please get in touch by email if you need anything.