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Welcome

Hello lovely Owls and your families!!

We hope you had an amazing Christmas break and that you're ready to have lots of fun and do some learning with us.

Love,

Ashleigh, Hannah, Lauren, Charlotte, Jennine and Leah


Home Learning Timetable

Below is our Home Learning Timetable.  I will email across links weekly and contact you via phone at least once weekly too.  There are 8 Zoom sessions offered weekly as a group and individual Zoom sessions will be scheduled when required.  Owl Staff have created a variety of videos to help you remember the staff and we also have some instructional videos to support parents in delivering sessions at home. 

There are 9 / 10 different activities available each day in which you and your child can participate.  We look forward to seeing photos or videos of you and your activity through Evidence for Learning - we can then evidence the things you do at home with your EHCP targets.


Top Tips for Home Learning

- Keep your goals and expectations realistic

Don’t set completely unreal expectations for yourself. It will only add to existing stress or anxiety, and it’s not going to help your child’s learning.  You don’t need to become a professional classroom teacher overnight.  This is a situation that asks no more of parents than that they do their best to keep their children happy, safe and engaged with learning opportunities wherever possible.

- Make wellbeing your first priority

Tend to your child’s social, emotional and physical health before you worry about their learning. They’ll need it when they’re forced to spend large amounts of time indoors without their friends. It’s important to:

  • Promote social connectivity: During a time of relative isolation, it’s important to let your child see and chat to their friends regularly. You might consider letting them work together with the help of Skype or Zoom in order to bring back some of the collaboration of the classroom or scheduling a time to play a game via a video call.

  • Encourage physical exercise: Keep your child moving with games and outdoor activity (where possible). If you don’t have access to an outdoor area, you might start each day with a video workout or yoga session.

  • Limit screen time: Digital technologies will play a big part in distance education for most children, so keep plenty of books on hand to give your child a break. Exercise is also important for this reason.

- Keep a flexible routine

While learning at home should have some structure and predictability, it’s important to keep it flexible. You now have the luxury to see what works for every member of the family.  If you’re the parent of a little one who just can’t sit still or focus after lunch, you might decide to confine learning time to mornings only. Your working arrangements and availability will also fluctuate. It’s something that you can work out together.

- Once a natural sense of routine and rhythm has established itself, stick to it.

Try to draw clear boundaries between work and play so that your children know there are designated times for learning. Soon they’ll begin to naturally take on a classroom mindset for the ‘learning hours’ of the day.

- Reward their effort and engagement

Think of ways that you can motivate your child to engage with learning at home.Most importantly, praise shouldn’t be reserved for high performance alone. Congratulate them for effort, independent working and responsible use of technology as well.

- Create some long term activities or projects

Your role might not be to teach the curriculum content itself, but that doesn’t mean you can’t set some activities of your own. After all, you know your child best and are well placed to create engaging long-term projects that cater to their specific interests.

***There’s more to learning than school and curriculum-based instruction, so don’t stress about creating meticulous assessment tasks aligned with a curriculum — your child’s teacher will cover those areas. Instead, keep the focus on fun and engagement. You might find that your child embraces learning in a whole new way that would never have be possible within the confines of the classroom.***

You don’t have to look far for learning opportunities at home. Cooking, cleaning, counting and exercising all work to refine different skills – whether that be spatial awareness, numeracy or self-management.

- Try and find household activities that you can do together.

You could:

  • Play a game of Twister to get moving and thinking creatively
  • Create a den / tent together and learn a thing or two about designing and structuring in a hands-on context
  • Use any board or card game (Scrabble, Uno, Chess). Almost all require critical and creative thinking, as well as numeracy and/or literacy skills in action
  • Follow a recipe using precise measurements and ratios
  • Care for a pet. Brushing, cleaning, walking or playing require them to engage with the needs of another being that is not themselves.

We often look past these activities as opportunities for learning because we take the hidden skills for granted, but your child will pick up new implicit understandings in a hands-on way. And that’s not to speak of the independence and life skills that they’ll develop in the process too


Resources & Useful Links

Our New Story - Can't You Sleep Little Bear?

 

 

The story we will be focusing on this half term is called "Can't You Sleep Little Bear?"

We will use the story as a basis on which we create our lessons.  We will be offering sessions such as Story Time, Massage Story, related maths games, sequencing activities and colourful semantics work.  

We will also be learning some key signs associated with the story!

There are some further resources you may find useful in the attachments below