Useful websites with ideas and activities for home learning during the Coronavirus school closure
Date: May 2020 Issue: 02
Story Time Counts:
Book based learning at home and school
We’re hosting a series of beautiful stories being read aloud on the Literacy Counts YouTube channel, for families to enjoy together, from EYFS all the way through to year 6. You can access them through the Literacy Counts website here. There is also a wealth of fun activities to download alongside the stories – for either at home or at school. One of the first stories is Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies – a brilliantly engaging tale about adventure and never wanting an exciting day to end. At the end of the story’s narration, Gareth Davies from Literacy Counts runs through a list of potential activities. Like taking your school bag and filling it with the things you might take to Grandad’s Island, or even building a den! We want to hear all about how you get on so share with us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
Alistair Bryce-Clegg (ABC Does) has lots of ideas and activities for home learning for children in EYFS.
Weekly Bulletin No 3: Writing
More advice and activities for parents:
Children’s writing competitions
uk/competitions-for-children/ childrens-writing- competitions/
Daily writing challenges and writing videos:
Ways to plan pieces of writing:
Weekly Bulletin for Parents, Carers and Teachers
No 2: Spelling
- Explore words using games and hands on activities so that spelling work is fun and interesting.
- Multi-sensory approaches make for fun learning and can help your child to remember their spelling words.
- The more your child can hear, see, and use a word, the more active it becomes in memory.
- There are words on menus, street signs, film posters, and even t-shirts. Language is all around us and once children start to pay attention to what’s in their environment, they are more likely to pick up on correct spelling patterns from repeat exposure.
- It is important to try and ensure learning in spelling is a positive experience to build self-esteem and confidence in this aspect of literacy. Acknowledging that spelling can be very difficult for some children is really important.