Home learning Week 8 and our 10th in lockdown! Last week we had to inform the school our thoughts and decision of whether we would send our children to school if they reopened in June. We decided that it wasn’t the right time for #JasperBean to return to school yet. The numbers of deaths and infection although were coming down, they were still quite high. The school has been very thorough with their communication with us and put us at ease regarding how they will handle the children and different scenarios. It is only just another 6 weeks before school technically closes for the year until September. Therefore, we didn’t see any reason to rush him into the classroom. So for the time being, we shall continue with our home learning journey, that is, until the “Summer holidays”. 😛
Note: #JasperBean is in Reception (age 4-5: EYFS), therefore his home learning is specific to him/his age. I have received permission to share parts of his home learning plan from his teachers.
We have finished phased 2 & 3 sounds and tricky words, so this week was all about revising and familiarising ourselves with what we have learnt.
- Phonics worksheets from Twinkl and Mrs Mactivity.
- Live Phonics from Twinkl Parents Group on Facebook
- Last week was half term, so we discussed:
- What was the favourite part of our half term and why?
- Made a list of all the things we did
- Turned our ideas into short, simple sentences and created a short diary entry that was informative.
- Write off – we read the book “With My Mummy” and wrote a passage about my mummy.
- Independent Reading
- This week we focused on Money.
- The aim was to be able to use everyday language about money.
- Discussed what money is and what it is for. How do we get it and if it was the same everywhere?
- Looked at all the different coins and notes we have in the UK and discussed how they were different from one another. Why there were no 3 or 4 pence.
- Tried differentiating each different coin and used them to experiment with adding and subtracting.
- We played a few online coin games too!
There are a lot of activities and worksheets on Twinkl and Mrs Mactivity (free and paid subscription).
TWO great FREE resources to support and supplement our work.
- National Oak Academy– An online classroom for reception age to year 10.
- BBC Bitesize – Online study support resource for school-age students in the United Kingdom.
- Daily PE with Joe
- Den building
- Duplo tower challenge
- Paint a teapot bird feeder from Baker Ross
- Paint some air balloon wind chimes (also from Baker Ross)
- Maze pompom race
- pompom shooting contest
- Cooking with mummy
- Ice and water play
- Balloon badminton
- dehydrate fruits (bananas, grapes, apples and strawberry)
- Space exploration
Check out some of the arts and craft we have done on our Instagram highlights!
Running out of activities? Why not have a go at one of these tried and tested boredom busters.
These are some of the board games we played this week:
- 5 Second Rule Junior – a great game to get the brain ticking under pressure
- Who Am I? – we have the Paw Patrol version of the classic Guess Who?
- Cortex Challenge 3 Party Game – This is aimed for 8+ years, so we modified the rules a little bit to make it more appropriate for #JasperBean.
- Rummikub – Super easy to learn with simple rules. Reinforces STEM skills like sequencing, pattern recognition and planning.
What will we get up to next week?
Thank you for reading and until next time… have fun and happy social distancing!
Here’s a quick link to our Home Learning Diary. What a journey it has been!
Disclaimer: English and Maths support links and suggestions are part of the children’s at-home learning plan provided by their teacher during social distancing/lockdown. I have only added supplement worksheets, reading and activities to support his learning.