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Hello Edinburgh Class,

We hope you’re well, happy and managing to do a range of things at home to keep yourself busy and entertained.

Our new class text for the second part of the Spring Term is The Elves and the Shoemaker.   Don’t worry if you don’t have the story at home, there are various versions online.  

Work ideas relating to the class story will be emailed out weekly to each family. Activities will cover various areas of the curriculum.  All activities are just suggestions, so please feel free to pick and choose the bits and pieces which interest your child the most. 

In addition to these weekly sheets, the weekly Zoom sessions are still running, which will happen with staff members from the Edinburgh and Dover team.  

Finally, the Castle YouTube channel and  ‘Evidence for Learning’ platform will be used to post videos for everyone to enjoy.  If you can, it would be great if you could upload (onto Evidence for Learning) pictures and comments in relation to your child’s learning at home.

As always, if you require any additional resources, sheets to print out or any other activity ideas, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

We miss you and keep safe!

Mhari, Ellie, Paula and Willem


Home Learning Timetable

Top Tips for Home Learning

Create a routine and a timetable for the day. This can be presented visually daily of weekly.

Make learning as fun as possible, with games and everyday play.

  • Build in:
    • Tasks around the home that will support your family routine and improve self-help, independence, and life skills. These can include successfully completing daily self-care routines e.g. brushing their teeth having a shower or bath, tidying their bedroom, helping to sort the washing, simple cooking and helping with shopping lists and putting it away, recycling
    • Opportunities for daily exercise
    • Opportunities to be creative in play and use board games  to help develop their maths thinking and understanding and social skills
    • Opportunities to read a range of materials, these can include books, magazines, instructions
    • Opportunities  to write for a purpose  e.g. shopping list , letter or postcards to friends and family

To support you and your child

-Recognise what your child does well and praise them.

-Be Consistent

-Breakdown instructions into small manageable tasks.

-Model by sitting together and each of you completing the task

-Provide visual and/or written prompts to support independent task completion

-Repeat tasks as often as they are needed – this helps to generalise skills , and move them from short to long term memory

BUT the most important thing is: Be kind to yourself and your child  – As much as you are trying to implement a schedule it does not need to be set in stone. If something does not go according to plan do not panic or worry about it. These are challenging times, and some days will not go as well as others. You are all wonderful parents/carers doing an amazing job!! If you need help or guidance please ask.

Useful Links &R esources

Singing Hands:

Melody Signs:

Billy Goats Gruff Song:

Billy Goats Gruff Story: