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Year R Home Learning Thursday 4th June 2020
Year 1 Home Learning Thursday 4th June 2020
Some awesome home learning from Oak Class this week...
Here are some useful links and information about a range of online resources that you may be asked to use by teachers as part of the home learning, or you might choose to use to extend in self-directed learning.
This is a great website to access online reading books that are colour-banded like the ones we use in school.
To access the free materials you will need to use the following username and password;
Username - firstname.lastname@example.org
Password - Parents20!
In light of proposed school closures, Twinkl is offering free premium accounts for schools and parents. When registering for the account use the discount code CVDTWINKLHELPS which will entitle you to a free months access to the resources on the site. Twinkl has a range of ready-made and downloadable resources. They have also put together School Closure packs for each year group which could be downloaded and printed as required.
GoNoodle is a series of web-based videos, games and activities focused on introducing short bursts of physical exercise. This includes guided dance, fitness workouts, yoga and mindfulness videos.
This is a free resource to use, and if choosing to sign up, children can collect points as they complete tasks to evolve their own GoNoodle champions.
The School Run
The School Run is a website which has great English, Maths and Science advice for parents. It has great videos which explain strategies and concepts that teachers may ask children to work on as part of their home learning. You can also sign up for worksheets and activities for each year group.
An online art resource developed by google, autodraw uses AI to guess what is being drawn and give options to replace with pre-loaded designs that can be adapted by children. This can be used to create digital illustrations.
Topmarks is a collection of online learning games. We often use a range of these games to consolidate learning in class, especially in Maths. Games can be filtered by age or theme for pupils to extend or consolidate learning that has been set by teachers. Hit the Button is also part of this website.
Phonics Play includes a range of games that pupils have played in class to enhance or practice their phonic awareness. To access the full site a teacher login is required, but many aspects are open for parents to use for free. Year R are currently working on Phase 3 and Year 1 are currently working on Phase 5.
Phonics Play have given a free code to access all resources:
‘In the Moment’ approach to Early Years and Year 1 at St Mary’s Bentworth
At St Mary’s Bentworth, we put the child at the centre of everything we do and we understand that play-based learning is the key to successful, happy, confident and resilient learners of the future.
Why did we choose this approach for Oak Class?
“Babies and young children are experiencing and learning in the here and now, not storing up their questions until tomorrow or next week. It is in that moment of curiosity, puzzlement, effort or interest – the ‘teachable moment’ – that the skilful adult makes a difference. By using this cycle on a moment-by-moment basis, the adult will be always alert to individual children (observation), always thinking about what it tells us about the child’s thinking (assessment), and always ready to respond by using appropriate strategies at the right moment to support children’s well-being and learning (planning for the next moment).”
Taken from National Strategies document ‘Learning, Playing and Interacting’
When children show high levels of involvement, that is when there is progress and development occurring – when the brain is at its most active. High level involvement occurs most often when children are able to pursue their own interests in an enabling environment supported by skilled staff.
Taken from ‘Reception Year in Action’ by Anna Ephgrave
What does this look like in Oak Class?
The adults goes to the child, the child is not called to come to the adult. This ensures the child is learning through their own choice of activity, with the adult taking the next steps in their learning to them. Children become deeply engaged in activities if they are playing and selecting activities for themselves.
A cycle of observation, assessment, planning (teaching next steps ‘in the moment’), observation. This cycle harnesses moments of curiosity, puzzlement, interest and effort – a ‘teachable’ moment for practitioners to seize and make a difference.
The role of the adult is to observe and wait for the moment that will make a difference. The skilled practitioner uses that moment to teach the next step, as appropriate for the child.
The role of the adult is vital. Adults are there to facilitate learning through observations and interactions. They will enhance, support and extend learning at an appropriate level for the individual.
The adults will highlight on the learning journey when they have supported by ‘modelling, instructing, modelling language, showing, explaining, demonstrating, exploring ideas, encouraging, pondering, recalling, providing a narrative for what they are doing, facilitating, setting challenges, suggesting’
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