Learning from home
I hope you are all keeping safe during these tricky times and I look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Below is a rough idea of the timetable we work around in school if you were looking for ways of structuring the day at home.
9am - Stretches and exercises after register
9:05am - Phonics (videos on website/flashcards/tricky trucks/formation/word writing)
10:30am - Milk, snack and story time.
11:30am - PhonicsPlay matching game
11:45am - Lunch
1pm - Maths
2:45pm - Topic work/Story
Between all these focused times the children are in freeflow which means that they can choose their own learning indoor or outdoor. They can play freely but we add challenges to all the areas.
During the week we work with the children individually or in small groups to complete a writing task, a reading task and a maths task.
Once a week we practise name writing with your child. We sit with them and encourage them to write their full name using correct formation.
On Friday morning we always do PE and singing.
In school we learn one one new digraph/trigraph over two days. The first day is an introduction and a practise of formation and the second day is application. The videos we recorded to support your phonics at home can be found on the website under Curriculum > EYFS. We use phonics play daily in school to support the learning of phonics. The children are familiar with most of the resources under phase 2 and phase 3. Once you have covered all the new digraphs and trigraphs you can begin to access phase 4. Children in Reception do not access any further than phase 4 and phase 4 will be recapped again at the start of year 1.
Reception Early Learning Goal for Writing
By the end of Reception and to achieve ELG in writing, children should be able to write simple sentences that can be read by themselves and others with some words which are spelled correctly and some that are phonetically plausible. They should be able to write some common irregular words.
For maths at home we have included a log in and password in your packs for RM maths which is a resource for the children to use at home. When they move to year one next year they are encouraged to use RM maths so practising now will help ready for next year.
It might be worth recapping numbers 0-20 with your child and encouraging them to count backwards and forwards 0-20 and 20-0 every day when possible. In class we also count in tens to 100 and we are learning to count in twos to 20. If you look on YouTube there is a song called 'The Big Numbers' song. The children love to sing along to that.
Most children are able to now identify the numerals 0-20 and place them in order but keep practising this too as it will help them as they prepare for year one. It will also help to match numerals with quantity. So pick a number card between 0 and 20, identify the numeral and then use something to represent the number (buttons, pasta pieces, counters, coins).
In addition to this you could practise doing some practical addition, there is no need to record it. Roll a dice and identify a number, represent the number with counters and then repeat it with another number. Then find out how much the total is by counting the counters altogether.
We have also recently started practising subtraction. If you could find a way to incorporate this into a game of some variety that would also be great.
The children have now covered most of the EYFS curriculum for maths so the next few weeks would have been spent recapping and embedding the concepts that they have learnt and practising them.
Reception Early Learning Goal for Maths
By the end of Reception and to achieve the ELG for maths, children should be able to count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing
All the children are at different stages of their reading journey. It is important that although we are aiming for all children to be ready for their transition into year 1, we don't rush children before they are ready. Children mature and progress at different times. The most important thing you can do as parents is to instill a love of reading. Try to read at least once a day with your child whilst you are not in school (poetry, fiction, non-fiction). I understand that you might not have a selection of phonetic books so make the most of what you do have. Practise reading the books that you have. To begin with you might have to read to model the text and allow your child to enjoy the story. Spend time looking at the pictures, talking about what is happening, what might happen next etc. Try to spot familiar tricky words along the way (the, no, to, go). If you come across a word which is phonetical, pause and allow your child to blend it for you.
When you read, point out punctuation such as exclamation marks, question marks, speech marks. Try to use expression in your voice and model using different voices for different characters. When you have read a book a couple of times you could take turns to read a page or sentence.
In school we do 'colourful stories'. That means that when we have read a book a few times we record what we know about a story on coloured paper. You could try this at home? First we talk about the characters in the story and make a list (orange paper). Then we talk about the setting/settings (red paper). Then we write our own version of events using just a few sentences, What happened? what happened next? The end?
Reception Early Learning Goal for Reading
By the end of Reception and to achieve the ELG for reading, children should be able to read and understand simple sentences. They should be able to use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They should also read some common irregular words. They can demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.