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Hello!
I hope you are all safe and well.

Thank you so much to those who have kept in touch by sending photos of what the children have been up to this week. It has been really lovely to hear from you.

As I write this blog, I have been conscious to strike a balance between trying to provide you with activities to keep the children interested in learning as well as of course helping them to make progress, but I have also been conscious that providing endless websites and activities may cause extra stress. I really hope that it hasn't and that this strange week has at times been enjoyable for both you and the children.  

As a parent of a 7 year old boy, I have been finding my way as a Mum/teacher this week. Some days have actually been quite productive...even fun, but there have definitely been moments of stress and frustration.

I have come to the conclusion that we should find a way that suits us and our children. This might be completely different from what other children and parents are doing and that's fine. Even in the classroom, children are taught in different ways. I have decided my main priority is to enjoy being with my child. If he is enjoying the experience, then he will learn.

So, whether you have got your child to write a novel or simply played all week,  well done! You've got through and hopefully you're still sane and smiling.

As it would normally be the Easter holidays,  I haven't set 'work'. However, if you think you need something to keep your children going over the holidays then I have included the websites from last week and a few extra ones.

I really wish I could help you more. Please, please email me if you need anything at all, if you want to send me any pictures, or if you have any comments that might help me to help you more in future weeks.

hfenton@pelyntprimary.co.uk








Some useful websites:

Oxford Owl is a great website for free e-books, English, maths and other fun activities. Click on Oxford Owl for Home: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

White Rose are currently adding maths home learning activities, a group at a time from Early Years to Year 6: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

World Book Online have made 3000 books available to read online: https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html?usertoken=Mjk5MzQ6MTpJ

Phonics Hero offer a free 7 day trial and is worth looking at for phonics support: https://www.phonicshero.com/

Phonics Play have made their online resources, games and activities free for parents and children. Username: march20 Password: home https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

The National Literacy Trust have developed a portal called Family Zone where you can access reading and writing activities which are appropriate to the age of your child: https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/?mc_cid=1a89f05f20&mc_eid=379abc23a6

Twinkl provides a huge range of learning resources for all areas of learning and are currently offering these free using this weblink and use the code UKTWINKLEHELPS: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer

iMoves provides physical activities linked to all areas of the curriculum and is currently free to use. No password is needed: http://theimovement.com/

https://downloads.littlebinsforlittlehands.com/ This website includes some great ideas for lego building challenges 


 


Home Learning Blog Week 1 


Thank you so much for your kindness and support in recent days. We hope we can also support you, particularly with your children's learning. There is a lot of information, ideas and websites contained in this blog. Please don't feel you have to look at everything. Pick and choose what you feel comfortable with. If it's stressful for yourself or the children, don't do it.
Practicing reading is the most important thing. If you run out of books, there are online books in the websites below, such as Oxford Owl, and you can even find the same colour bookbands that they have in school.There are also reading comprehension exercises on the Twinkl website shown below.
I have shown some of the websites to the children and they seem keen to use them at home.
Please email if you need to ask any questions or need help with anything at all. The children are also keen to send us pictures of activities that they have done. It would be lovely to see them.

hfenton@pelyntprimary.co.uk
 



 


The children who were in school at the end of last week came home with a home learning book. This is to ensure that they can collate all the learning that they do at home. These class blogs will provide regular home learning tasks and activities that can be completed over the course of a week.


We understand that being isolated at home is going to be challenging, and we also know that many parents/carers will have to continue working at home during this time. Therefore, whilst we are setting work, we also appreciate how difficult this may be. During this first week we have provided some simpler tasks. We hope that this will enable you and your child to establish a routine whereby you can make time for home learning. After Easter we will be able to provide more focused tasks to offer opportunities for challenge and new learning.


Please find attached the documents you will need this week to support your child and the following website links that may be useful.


After the Easter break, we will continue this on a weekly basis and will keep you informed of any updates. So please look at the class blog again on Tuesday 14th April and each week from then onwards.


Some children were absent at the end of last week and will therefore not have received a home learning book. The class teachers will communicate directly via email with those parents after Easter, this will ensure that for those families no longer in isolation it may be possible to arrange collection of the children’s belongings and home learning books.


 


 


Some useful websites:






White Rose are currently adding maths home learning activities, a group at a time from Early Years to Year 6:


https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/


World Book Online have made 3000 books available to read online:    https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html?usertoken=Mjk5MzQ6MTpJUjA5MjAxNjoyOmNsaWVudDE2OTc6MTY5NzoyMjE2Mjg4OjE6MTU4NDM4MDExMzA2Mjp1cw==






Phonics Play have made their online resources, games and activities free for parents and children. Username: march20       Password: home


https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/   


The National Literacy Trust have developed a portal called Family Zone where you can access reading and writing activities which are appropriate to the age of your child:


https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/?mc_cid=1a89f05f20&mc_eid=379abc23a6


Twinkl provides a huge range of learning resources for all areas of learning and are currently offering these free using this weblink and use the code UKTWINKLEHELPS:


https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer


Please also see the Useful Website and Apps list which is uploaded to this page.


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 Documents

 


Week ending Friday 6th March 


As you can see from the pictures, a lot of reading went on during World Book day on Thursday. Our focus in class 2, was the author Oliver Jeffers. We read 'The day the Crayons Quit,' turned a crayon into a book character, snuggled up with a book, partnered up with a class 4 pupil who read a story and every child went home with a pre-loved book. The book theme continued into forest school, where the children based their afternoon activities around the story; 'The Great Paper Caper.'
Thank you so much to those who donated some lovely books for the book swap.

In our topic work this week the children have been reading a book called 'Letters to Africa' and during our cross-curricular English lessons we have been reading the story; 'Masai and I' by Virginia Kroll.

Sports Relief week- starts on Monday 9th March. At school this year we shall be having a daily assembly focus and a physical activity of some sort every day to raise awareness of this special week. There will be a collection pot in the school office should anyone wish to make a donation. Thank you. 

Things to remember for the next week:

*Forest school clothes need to be in school for Thursday afternoon

*P.E kits will be needed for Wednesday afternoon

*Reading books and reading records need to be put in the book box every morning- please initial and comment in your child’s reading record so we can sign off their karate bands  

*Class 2 parent consultations will take place on Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th March. Please sign up using the book opposite the office.

* Show and tell on Friday 13th March will be for both Year 1 and 2 to tell the class a fact about an African animal.

*Please read the events diary on this website for dates

 


Week ending Friday 27th February 


We hope you have all had a lovely half term despite the weather. The children have enjoyed telling us about what they have been up to while they were off from school.

A big thank you to a certain young man in this picture, for baking us a pirate cake for pirate day before half term. The children enjoyed eating a piece after their pirate adventures which included pirate PE, pin the cutlass on the pirate, pirate maps with beebots, (small programmable robot toys), burying messages in the sand, singing a sea shanty with instruments and making rats. Most of the activities were requested by the children and they had a fantastic day.

This week we have been working hard in maths, exploring 2D and 3D shape. In English, we have begun to read the story of 'Dread Cat' by Michael Rosen. Next week, we will be learning about other stories from the same author, writing poems using the language in the stories, and writing character descriptions.

Our new topic is all about Africa. The topic will be given it's official title after further discussion with the children. So, far the children have been listening to some music from South Africa and learning about Tinga Tinga art. They focussed extremely well, when they were asked to copy shapes and patterns from a piece of Tinga Tinga art. I was very impressed!

Things to remember: 
*PE kits should be in school every day. PE lessons are on Wednesday afternoon.
*Forest school clothes are needed every Thursday afternoon.
*Please read every day with your child and record in reading records any comments you may have.
*Please read the events diary on this website for dates. 
*Class 2 parent consultations will take place on Tues 17th and Wednesday 18th March. Please sign up in the school entrance.
*World Book Day- Thursday 5th March. This year our theme is ‘Snuggle up with a Story’. The children can come to school in their pyjamas or onesies and bring a book to share with others. We will be having a book tombola, where children can bring in a book that they no longer want to keep. They will then be allowed to swap it for one that another child has brought in. We also have a number of books that will add to this collection,  so that there will be more choice available for the children. 
* For show and tell on Friday 6th March, please can children bring in a photograph of themselves enjoying a book? They could be listening to a story that is read to them or reading in their favourite or even an unusual place. It would be great if we could see the title of the book in the picture. Pictures can be emailed to; hfenton@pelyntprimary.co.uk. Thank you!






 


Week Ending Friday 7th February 


On Wednesday and Friday this week, the Year 1 children enjoyed taking part in their balance bike challenges, where they were able to practice their skills of control, co-ordination and balance.

Great fun was also had by all, during our science lesson, when the children were able to test the boats that they had made from junk modelling. They were able to explain why they could or couldn't float and why they were, (or were not) waterproof.

During maths lessons this week, we have been working on reading analogue clocks and solving problems involving time. Please can you support the children in their learning, by practicing telling the time at home?

In English this week, we have been researching information about pirates in order to complete writing a pirate diary next week. If you would like to see any of the work that the children have done this half term, you are welcome to come to a 'show and share' after school on Friday 14th. If you are unable to make this date, then please ask me, (Mrs Fenton) for an alternative date after half term.

Things to remember for next week:

*FOPS ‘Bag2School’ collection from Pelynt Pre-School on Wednesday 12th February at 9am. Please bag up any unwanted items of clean clothes/soft toys and drop off to the Pre-School. Please note no school or work uniforms are accepted. FOPS will then receive payment depending on the weight of the bags. Many thanks for your help in raising money for Pelynt Academy.

*Forest school clothes need to be in school for Thursday afternoon.

*P.E kits will be needed for Wednesday afternoon. (There will be a pirate themed PE lesson).

*Reading books and reading records need to be put in the book box every morning.

*Homework books to be handed in before Friday. 

*Please read the events diary on this website for dates.

*There will be a pirate themed show and tell on Wednesday. (See previous blog entry). No show and tell on Friday.







 


Week ending Friday 31st January 


In Class 2 this week, we have been enjoying carrying out investigations in which we explored how to make a heavy object float. We will be using our knowledge of floating and sinking next week, when we will design and make our own boats out of junk materials. Any spare junk materials that you can donate will be appreciated, as our stocks will soon be low. Thank you!

Whilst reading a variety of diaries this week, in preparation for writing our pirate diary next week, the children were extremely interested to find out about the diary of Samuel Pepys, that was written during the Great Fire of London. It was lovely to see them so fascinated by the events and the differences in London life, compared with how London is today.

We hope the children have been enjoying reading the new home books that we have in school. They have certainly been enjoying the new guided reading books in school. We have also purchased some long awaited shelves for our library which will make our library a more inviting place to enjoy reading. Thank you to those who have donated to our library fund. This would not have been possible without your help.

Things to remember for next week:

*Forest school clothes need to be in school for Thursday afternoon

*P.E kits will be needed for Wednesday afternoon.

*Reading books and reading records need to be put in the book box every morning.

*Homework books to be handed in before Friday. 

*Please read the events diary on this website for dates.
 
* There will be no show and tell on Friday 7th or Friday 14th February. Instead, all children can bring in a pirate themed show and tell on Wednesday 12th February, (Pirate Day). Some ideas might include; a map, a pirate book, a pirate song to sing, a pirate fact that you have found from a book or the internet, a pirate themed toy etc.


 


Week ending Friday 24th January 


This week, the children have had a great time in forest school, using their own maps to find treasure, (pebbles that they had made the previous week in forest school). They had included some of the important features in the forest school area on their maps, which made it easier to find the treasure.

I am very proud of the effort that the children have put into their 'Farmer Duck' stories that have been written this week. They worked very independently and their hard work could be seen in the results.

In maths we have been measuring the capacity of different containers using standard and non-standard measures. The children enjoyed working practically and solving problems involving measures.

During topic work, we have make some fantastic old fashioned pirate maps. There were some wonderful drawings of pirate map symbols and the results looked very authentic.

PIRATE DAY - We have decided that we will be having a Pirate day on Wednesday 12th February. If children would like to, they can dress up in a costume linked to Pirates, and/or bring in something that they have made, a book, or an object related to the theme of pirates. We will have a discussion with the children about ideas for some fun activities.


Things to remember for next week:


*Forest school clothes need to be in school for Thursday afternoon

*P.E kits will be needed for Wednesday afternoon

*Reading books and reading records need to be put in the book box every morning.

*Homework books to be handed in before Friday. 

*Please read the events diary on this website for dates

 


Week ending Friday 17th January 

Our new topic is 'Did Pirates have speed boats?'
This week we have been drawing pirate maps, using different techniques in art to create ships and learning songs about pirates.
In science, we have carried out an experiment based around floating and sinking, so that by the end of the topic, the children will be able to design and make a small pirate ship, using materials that they think are suitable.
In maths, we have been carrying out activities involving measuring weight and length, so that they will be able to measure accurately, the materials that they use.

We have recently purchased some new guided reading books for the children to use in school, together with some new individual reading books for the children to take home. The home reading books are closely matched to the children's ability, so that even children who are just beginning to read will be able to read most or even all of the words in the book. They are designed for the children to practice what they already know.

Things to remember for next week:

*Forest school clothes need to be in school for Thursday afternoon.

* Show and tell will be free choice for Y1 children again. There were a number of children who didn't get a turn today for their show and tell because we had a very bust afternoon. I promised those children that it would be their turn first next week.

*P.E kits will be needed for Wednesday  afternoon.

*Reading books and reading records need to be put in the book box every morning. Karate bands are coming soon!

*Homework books have been given out today. The same activity grid can be used as there are plenty more activities to continue with. There are also some extra activities that can be done as well.

*Please read the events diary on this website for dates 

           

 


Week ending Friday 20th December 



*After school clubs have now finished- they will resume w/c 13th January*

Last week, the children completed some amazing stories based on 'The Snowman' by Raymond Briggs. 

They have also created some lovely polar bear pictures in art, and have been learning some new songs to support their learning in other areas of the curriculum.

In maths, Year 2 children have completed solving problems involving multiplication and division. Year 1 children have completed their work on addition and subtraction.

Don’t forget… we will be performing our Nativity on Monday 16th December at 2pm and 6pm. As this is a whole school performance, we would like all children to return to school for the evening performance between 5.30 and 5.40pm.

*Christmas dinner on Wednesday. We will be having a Christmas mufti day too, so children can wear Christmas clothes, Christmas jumpers etc to school all day, please remember to bring in your £1 donation. Don't worry if your child doesn't have a Christmas jumper. Any mufti clothes will be fine.

We shall be having our class party on Thursday morning and would be grateful if a food contribution could be made. A small plate of party food would be fantastic such as biscuits, crisps, cakes etc. Children can wear party clothes if they wish. They will still need forest school clothes for Thursday afternoon.

*Friday- children can bring in games on this day if they wish to do so. Please do not bring in any electronics such as iPads, phones, consoles etc.

 *Homework books will remain in school now, as new spelling lists/activities will be stuck in over the holidays.

*Please read the events diary on this website for dates

 


Week ending Friday 6th December 

This week, the children have enjoyed carrying out a another science experiment, in which they were able to predict and find out how effective materials were for insulating. They are become much more accurate at reading and recording temperatures.

In English this week, we have been learning the story of 'The Snowman' by Raymond Briggs. We will be writing our own version of the story next week, now that we have chosen some interesting vocabulary to use. The children have answered questions about the story and sequenced the events in the right order.

In maths, Year 2 children have been multiplying by 2, 5 and 10. Please can they practice some X table facts at home. The following website is good to use for practice:
www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Year 1 children can also use the same website to practice number bonds to 10 and 20.

Please be aware that next week is the final week for gymnastics.

Don't Forget:
*PE kits should be in school every day. 
*Forest school clothes are needed every THURSDAY.
*Please read regularly with your child and record in reading records any comments you may have.

*Please read the events diary on this website for dates.
*Bring Show and Tell on Friday - please can Year 2 children bring in something or a picture of something that they have had to build.

 


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