I am sure you will all have heard the good news that school will be open for all children from September. We are currently busy putting all government guidelines into place so that school will be a safe place for children, staff and parents.
With this in mind we will be having staggered start and finish times so that we do not have too many people in the school grounds at once. The times and places are as follows:
For the first few days staff will be outside school to help guide you to the right place if you are unsure of where to go. We ask that you wait on the marked places and keep to the one-way systems in place to ensure social distancing can be maintained. Please do not arrive till 5 minutes before your child’s start time to avoid congestion and only one parent will be allowed onto the school grounds with their child. We understand that some of you will have children with different start and finish times and places but unfortunately we will not be able to change the times and we hope you will work with us on implementing a safe system for all.
Nursery and Reception classes will be having a phased start during the first week and you will already have received packs with the times and information.
In school we will be taking the following measures to ensure safety:
- There will be year group bubbles so children can mix with the other class in their year group bubble but with no other classes.
- Children need to wash their hands every time they enter the classroom from outside and before lunch.
- There will be no big group events including assemblies.
- Y1-6 classrooms will have forward facing desks with 2 children at each desk
- Y1-6 will have their own tray with equipment and books.
- If children are taken out of the classroom for small group work they will be in an area that is only used by the children in their bubble.
- P.E. equipment and other shared equipment e.g. science or art will be wiped immediately after a class has finished with it.
- Toilets will be cleaned frequently during the day.
- There can be no parents in school unless invited in for exceptional circumstances. If you need to talk to a member of staff, please phone school and a telephone appointment can be made.
- Children will not be allowed home for lunch and need to have a school dinner or bring a packed lunch.
- Children need to wear school uniform and attendance is compulsory.
- On PE day, children need to wear their PE kit to school.
- All children will need to bring in their own water bottle.
- After school clubs will operate in year groups for Y2-6 (more information will follow on this).
In September, there will be a big emphasis on children catching up with their missed education. Attendance will be compulsory and we need children to be punctual so that there is no missed learning time. If your child cannot attend school due to illness, please be very clear when informing school of their symptoms so that we can be made aware of any potential coronavirus cases. We will be prioritising the teaching of reading, writing and maths and ask that you listen to your child read at home to help support this. Books will once again be allowed to be sent between home and school.
We also acknowledge the importance of less academic subjects to help with children’s well-being and self-esteem so subjects such as art, music and P.E. will be taught. Children will need to come to school wearing their PE kits on their PE day so that we will not need to use the changing rooms. Their class teacher will let them know what day this will be.
School will feel a little different from how it was pre-lockdown but please rest assured that your child’s safety and well-being is our utmost priority. We cannot wait to see all the children back in September to restart their learning journey.
We hope you have a lovely summer and share our excitement for a great new term.
Miss J Beetham and the Lawefield staff
50 Things to do Before You're 5
Find lots to do across the district with your little ones over the summer holidays. Follow the link below to download the 50 Things to do Before You're 5 app.
You are all doing amazing with your home learning.
Our topic this half term is animals. Use the links below to explore some animals online.
Visit the zoo here: https://www.chesterzoo.org/virtual-zoo-2/
Visit an aquarium: https://aqua.org/media/virtualtours/baltimore/index.html
Visit a farm: http://www.virtualfarmwalk.org/
We hope you have all enjoyed a lovely, sun filled half term at home.
Our next topic in school this half term is Amazing Animals. This week we are focusing on farm animals.
Below are some links to online games and activities to support the work packs which can be collected from school.
We realise that encouraging your child to complete school work at home can be hard. If you need any help or support, please don’t hesitate to contact us at school and we will be more than happy to help you in any way we can.
In Reception we learn through play and hands on activities. It is important your child still has plenty of time to play both inside and outside in the garden.
Thank you for all of your continued hard work and support.
Choose a few of these tricky words to learn to read and write each week.
Sing along to these songs to help with your tricky words.
Listen to the animal sounds and name the farm animals here.
Now try and guess the animal by listening to the sounds.
We are part of the RWI Phonics Scheme and they will be streaming live everyday. This is a fantastic opportunity for your child to stay in touch with the Speed Sounds and ‘special friends’. Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30am and again at 12.30pm.
Please make sure children are saying the sounds correctly. Children (and parents) can watch Read, Write, INC ...Speed Sound Set 1 on YouTube which shows how each set 1 sound should be pronounced.
Practise blending the sounds to read words. Try phase 2 first. If your child completes this easily move onto phase 3.
Listen to the story of Farmer Duck here.
Robot addition. Select up to 10 first then see if you can go higher!
Practise your doubles to 10 and 20 by listening to this song!
Read Write Inc. guide for parents
Reception w/c 4.5.20
We hope you have had a fun weekend. We are so impressed with how you are all trying so hard to complete some of the activities that we are preparing for you and how many of you came to collect your homework packs. We know that it is very different learning at home but keep up the good work and know that we are missing you all!
Don’t forget to keep an eye out on Parent Hub for when you can come and collect your next work pack which will have lots of activities in for you to complete.
The focus for the next few weeks is Healthy Eating. Below are some activities for you to do over the next few weeks at home. There are stories which you can share with your grown up and some games to play online.
Find out about different types of food plus try some healthy recipes here.
Practise addition and subtraction to 10 and 20 here. For a challenge, try writing your own addition and subtraction number sentences using numbers up to 10 then 20.
Watch the set 1 phonics videos on the links below to practise your set 1 sounds. If you know all these sounds you can practise writing them in words and sentences. Some of you might even want to try set 2.
Use all your phonics skills here to play these games. Why not try a different game every day? Select phase 2.
Access is free using:
Keep reading stories together. Select age 4 to 5 on the link below and encourage your child to read to you every day.
Hello Reception children!
We hope that you have enjoyed the Easter break and the Easter Bunny brought you plenty of chocolate treats! This half term our topic is Ready, Steady Grow. Try and include some school work, playtime, exercise and fresh air every day. For the next 2 weeks we will be learning all about plants and how they grow.
Don’t forget to collect your work pack from school on Thursday between 11am and 1pm. The pack is full of activities, worksheets and games for the next 2 weeks. These links and activities will complement those in the pack.
- Daily PE with Joe Wicks on YouTube. This is done live at 9am but can be completed anytime.
Understanding the World
- Help Sparky the alien take care of plants - click here to help
- Label the parts of a plant and carry out a virtual experiment to see that plants need water and light to grow - click here to see more
Expressive Arts and Design
- Can you draw or paint some of the plants in your garden and label them?
- Use some boxes and tubes or playdough to make a model of a plant at home.
- Oxford Owl has some fantastic free resources. Choose a book to read every day here. Simply select the correct age band and remember to read for 10 to 20 minutes a day.
- We are part of the RWI Phonics Scheme and they will be streaming live everyday. This is a fantastic opportunity for your child to stay in touch with the Speed Sounds and ‘special friends’. Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30am and again at 12.30pm.
Click here to view on Facebook
Click here to view on YouTube
- Please make sure children are saying the sounds correctly. Children (and parents) can watch Read, Write, INC ...Speed Sound Set 1 on YouTube which shows how each set 1 sound should be pronounced - click here to view
- Practise blending the sounds to read words. Try phase 2 first. If your child completes this easily move onto phase 3 - click here to view
- We have worked hard to learn lots of tricky words. Sing along to our songs to make sure you don’t forget them!
Click here to view the tricky words song
Click here to view the phase 3 tricky words song
- The tricky words we need to know are I, the, my, you, said, your, are, be , of, no, to, was, he, she. If your child can read these, practise writing them then move onto reading what, all, we, so, me, call, her, there, want, go, old and some.
This week we are learning about comparing and ordering heights.
- Compare the sizes of the animals - click here to view
- Sort the objects according to size - click here to view
- Don’t forget you can also log on to Big Maths online which also feeds back to your child’s teacher.
Log in details: School Pin 0128 Username: Child's first name with capital letter and first letter of surname with capital letter e.g. EvaL Password: Year0HL - click here to visit Big Maths
NATIONAL LITERACY TRUST
As a response to school closures, National Literacy Trust have developed a comprehensive web portal for parents, to support you during this time. Over the next days, weeks and months they will be updating this as often as they can with new and useful content for parents.
Split up by age group below, you will find ideas and guidance for simple activities that will engage your children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development.
You'll be able to access free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges. Every resource is available for free, although to access some you may need to create a free account.
https://app.gonoodle.com/ Keep active with Go Noodle
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5uIZ2KOZZeQDQo_Gsi_qbQ Cosmic Kids Yoga
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ Free resources with code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ Free phonics resources Username March20 Password home
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ A range of online games including maths
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ 30 mins Joe Wicks workout sessions posted Mon-Fri
Week 1 Phonics phase 2 and 3 sound mat
Play Obb and Bob on the Phonics Play website. (Click on the link above) Select Phase 3. Can you spot the real and alien words?
Tricky words spelling sheets. If you don’t have access to a printer, write these words on paper: he, she, was, they, the, to, go, I, said, no, you and are. Can they read the words initially? Make another set and play snap/pairs. Can they write them? Look at the word, cover it and write it from memory. You could chalk them outside or paint them on the floor with water and a brush.
Share a favourite story with your grown up. Be a word detective. Can you find the words the, they, was, said, he or she in your book?
Can you draw a picture and write a sentence about it? Try and use a tricky word such as he, she, the, they, are, said or was.
Notes for parents:
When we write in class, we encourage the children to say the words out loud using Fred talk and Fred fingers to work out the number of sounds in a word and use their knowledge of phonemes and graphemes to write the sounds they can hear, for example: feeld for field, rokit for rocket. We remind children to leave finger spaces, use a full stop at the end and begin their sentence with a capital letter.
Practise forming your numbers to 9. This can be modelled on paper if no printer.
Addition game to 10. Encourage children to put the biggest number in their head and count on.
Topic - Spring
Look out of your window or walk around you garden. What can you see in Spring? Draw a picture of what you can see or tell a grown up.
You will need
- 8 tbsp plain flour
- 2 tbsp table salt
- 60ml warm water
- food colouring
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.
- Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon.
- Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.
- Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh.
Joe Wicks ("The Body Coach") will be posting a PE video on YouTube - Monday to Friday at 9am.
Please click the link below to view the child and family workouts, starting from Monday.