Key Dates for Term 3
Tuesday 5th January - First day of term
Friday 12th February - Last day of term (and Chinese New Year)
Learning at home
As the country is now back in lockdown the majority of children are going to be learning from home. Each week we will email out our planning which will include links to several video clips that introduce new learning. Also included will be activities to be completed in phonics, literacy and maths that your child will be expected to complete to the best of their ability. Our planning will also include ideas for exploring the wider curriculum that will hopefully engage your child and inspire further play.
It is important to remember how children learn at this age. While the government have specified that primary children should be provided with 3 hours work a day it is important to remember that Reception children cannot and should not be expected to sit down and focus on academic work for long stretches. When in school typically children would sit and listen to an adult led lesson for around 15 minutes and this would often include some involvement from the children. They are usually then free to go and select activities from the range of continuous and enhanced provision we have in the classroom or outside area. Continuous provision includes resources which are always available such as the climbing frame, scissors and glue or a doll's house. Enhanced provision is carefully chosen by practitioners to spark interest and develop skills. For example this might include pumpkins and golf tees to hammer to engage children and strengthen finger muscles; maybe Christmas decoration making; or making pasta necklaces. Adults observe and sometimes play alongside children, communicating and modelling where necessary. Sometimes adults call children over to complete specific directed tasks such as letter formation or phonics practice.
We would recommend working in a similar way at home. You will all be experiencing lockdown under a range of circumstances and we want learning to be as flexible as possible to suit you. For this reason we are providing video clips to introduce and model new learning. We suggest watching these clips with your child so you can see the language used and concepts introduced. Staggering these throughout the day is likely to be the easiest and most productive way to access the learning. We require that you use the evidence me app to send in observations of your child's learning so we can track their progress and offer support.
We are planning to set up a daily zoom where an adult from the EYFS bubble will read a story to the EYFS children. This will begin on Monday 11th Jan at 2:30pm for anyone who would like to join in. Further details to follow.
Here are some links your child can follow to take them to some useful phonics and number games that we regularly use in school.
The Oak Academy website contains lots of lessons you can access for free.
You can follow the reommended schedule or search for particular areas that
interest you. Any materials from 'Reception' would be relevant to our children.
For extra maths lessons you can watch videos and complete activities on the
White Rose website. This is the main scheme we follow at school so the lessons
closely align with what we cover in school.
Paulton Infant School Planning
The following planning reflects what we are covering in school.
Some of the themes we will explore this term include winter,
space and Chinese New Year.
Week 1 05/01/21 Frozen
To ease everyone back into the new year we are starting
with some frozen based fun!
Sound mat phases 2 and 3 (we have learnt up to qu)
Dot plates to 6 for subitising (subitising is being able to tell how many there are without having to count one at a time)
Wednesday 6th Jan
Thursday 7th Jan
Friday 8th Jan
Week 2 10/01/21 The Winter Bear
This week we are reading a classic story first published in 1974 - The Winter Bear.
The simple story and lovely illustrations depict the British countryside in winter
in beautiful detail. This week we are encouraging children to really observe
their surroundings and explore an English winter with all their senses.
The Winter Bear pdf
Wednesday - winter word cvc writing template
Thursday - A Winter Poem template
Thursday - winter I spy hunt sheet
Week 3 18/01/21 Once Upon a Snowstorm
This week we are looking at this beautifully illustrated book told only
in pictures. We are asking the children to be the storytellers! We are
also continuing to work on letter formation, tricky words and caption
Week 4 25/01/21 Whatever Next!
This week we are moving onto exploring space. If you have a large cardboard box
it could come in handy this week as we follow Baby Bear's trip to the moon and
exercise our imaginations.
Tuesday - Backpack template
Wednesday - Roll and read 'ar'
Thursday - Roll and read 'or'
Friday - I spy and read phonics review video
Week 5 01/02/21 Aliens Love Underpants
This week we are continuing exploring space - particularly aliens! By the end
of this week we will have nearly finished introducing the phase 3 sounds. In
writing we are continuing to practise writing simple sentences using soundtalk
to spell, adding finger spaces between words and developing accurate letter
Monday - Underpants template
Wednesday - Literacy game alien cards
Thursday - Alien Puppets
Friday: Phonics Name the alien
Week 6 08/02/21 Dragons in the City
This week we are learning all about Lunar New Year. Lunar New Year
is celebrated in several countries but we are going to focus on Chinese
New Year. New Year takes place on Friday the 12th. If possible, it could be
fun to celebrate this day at home. The learning for the week could build
towards this day and make it more purposeful for the children.
Phase 2 and 3 sound mat - useful whenever children are writing
Tuesday - Literacy: Table Template
er phonics lesson (alternative briefer version)
Wednesday - Phonics: Phase 3 phoneme frames
Thursday - Literacy: story sequencing cards
Friday - Phonics: Silly questions