St Thomas CE (VC) Primary School
8.30am - 4.30pm
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From Monday 15 June you will not be getting a daily text but look out for year group text messages over the week. We still have our daily menus, Tapestry, DB Primary, Education City and the Year One email to help you with your work.
We are keenly aware that every family is working under different and sometimes difficult circumstances. We are attempting to offer a variety of school learning to meet the needs of all children.
We are offering:
Families and children are welcome to dip into all we have on offer and choose whatever suits their circumstances
Many children are engaging with all that we are offering and some are finding the ones most easy to manage within their circumstances.
For all children we encourage some contact with their class teacher through DB Primary, Tapestry or the Year 1 email address as appropriate, this can be to share work completed or to celebrate other achievements.
Your Daily Menu
Every class has a 'Daily Menu' of suggested activities to help to keep your child busy. These will be changed regularly.
Parents: whilst working at home with your children please remember to...
-Put your relationship first. Your child may need a bit of down time and the trick will be to get the balance right.
-Try and agree a plan together rather than telling them what to do.
-Please remember, that you know your child and your circumstances best, so please adapt the suggestions that work for you and your child.
- Keep the routine. Early nights and up at a decent hour.
- Try not to use the term 'homework'.
- Have an hour a day on DB primary or Education City. It can be great for your child to communicate with friends, to email ech other and their teacher as well as playing games.
- Read, read, read. Put in a daily reading session and stick to it. This is the number one skill and would be the best thing that you can do. If they return to school a better reader, then this time has been well spent. This goes for all ages.
- Play board games. There’s lots of really great developmental value in a game - language, maths, critical thinking. Anything from Guess Who to Monopoly. You can also get these on the Xbox if needs be.
- Cook tea. Make the meals together and learn how to bake or cook.
- Paint and build. Lego is incredibly educational. Give your child a challenge each day of something to build. You could take pictures or make stop-motion animation videos on your phone.
- Go Noodle. A super funky online dance and exercise website that's free. The children love doing this at school and it also has meditation and mindfulness.
- Create a Powerpoint. Let your child make a Powerpoint about something that they are interested in. They can upload it or present it to you. The children at school love Powerpoint!
- Create a journal. This would be a book to write stories, to draw or to document.
- TTRockstars. Times tables are a core skill. Like reading, it's a life skill.
While school is closed we can take the time to learn at home. It can be hard to learn new things at home, so let’s focus on getting really good at the core things. These are the things that will make every other aspect of school easier for the rest of your life! They are also the things which we do not always have time to practice so much when we are in school.
Reading - Not just learning how to read but becoming fluent. To do this we need to do this every day. When you become fluent, you will get better at understanding what you have read.
Writing - You have been given a writing book. This is the place where you can practice your writing skills. For some children it can be as simple as drawing a picture and then writing about it. For others, it can be about writing stories and poems.
Handwriting and spelling - You can practice these every day. Make your handwriting beautiful and practice your joined up style. For your spellings, pick 10 common words and get them learned. You can look up common high frequency words on google or you can learn the ones that you use a lot.
Arithmetic - Now is a perfect time to do sums. Practice all four operations. Do at least 10 sums per day and mark them yourself using a calculator on a phone and then correct them. You could use a dice to generate the sums. You will know what you have learned in school and now is the time to get really great at maths.
Times tables - Write them in the your book. Do every one and then get an adult to test you. Use pasta, pebbles or lego to make them at the same time so that you can see the value of the numbers.
Try to do each activity every day!
You can put them in your learning grid or create your own timetable.
You have the books, you have the time – the rest is up to you!
Stay well, be good and work hard.
Listen to a story
This can be for the whole family.
Download the app 'Audible' and there are lots of choices, many are free at the moment.
Here are three suggestions for the different age groups. All are classics and all have films you could watch together once you've finished listening!
Miss Dickson will be texting suggestions over the week!
This can be for the whole family.
Watch a show then check in on Tapestry/Year 1 email/DB Primary to share what you have learned.
Daily lessons from the BBC
Whole School Activites
These are for the whole family, grown ups too! Share on DB/Tapestry/Year 1 email if you join in!
Parent's Coffee Break
Find the book title: Go to the website to play!