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Snowy Owls Home Learning for Term 3

Home learning overview for the Snowy Owls class during the January lockdown

 

This is an overview of home learning for the Snowy Owls class. It covers the structure of home learning, an overview of each subject and rough timetables for the week’s activities and online lessons.

 

DB Primary:

  • Each day, I will post a blog entry on DB Primary outlining the day’s work.
  • This will include activities for English, maths, reading and another subject (e.g. science or PE).
  • Worksheets will go in the Files section. I label them with the date of the day they’re meant to be used.
  • Children or parents can use DB Primary mail to contact me. I am more than happy to answer questions or comment on work.
  • Work can also be uploaded to children’s ‘My Work’ section, although I don’t get notified when this happens, so it’s best to email me as well.

Live Lessons:

  • Live lessons will take place every day on Microsoft Teams. Each session will last roughly 45 minutes up to an hour.
  • A register will be taken for each session as we’d strongly encourage children to attend.
  • Most sessions will include a few minutes for children to catch up with each other, a teaching input, a period of independent learning where the children finish work (with me on hand to answer questions) and a plenary for marking and explaining the rest of the day.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

10.30 - 11.15

11.15 – 12

12 – 12.45

9 – 9.45

9.45 – 10.30

 

 

Subject Overviews:

English:

English lessons will use resources from Oak Academy. This is an online hub with resources created to support home learning. I will select lessons and materials that correspond to what the children would have been doing in school in order to provide meaningful learning. Lessons are planned as part of a unit that is sequenced to build up learning in a cohesive manner. Most lessons will include a video lesson and will require a minimum of extra resources, i.e. just a pen and workbook.

Time will be taken in online lessons to guide children through reviewing & marking their work and discuss next steps.

 

 

Maths:

The majority of maths lessons will use resources from White Rose. This will again match what we’d be doing in school. The focus for the January term will be multiplication and division.

When relevant, I will post separate worksheets for Year 2 and Year 3. I will also provide a link to a video lesson. I will put answer sheets online to help children/ parents with marking, as well as reviewing work in video lessons.

White Rose Maths worksheets are designed to start fairly easy and get harder. It is possible that some children may find it tricky to complete the last few questions. In general, there are 2 pages to each lesson and the vast majority of children should be able to finish at least the first page.

I understand that not everyone has a printer in order to print worksheets. I have taught the class how to answer White Rose questions in their books- this is actually our regular routine as I’m not a fan of books with a load of sheets glued in. For most questions, children should be able to read the question from a screen and write the answer in their books.

 

Reading:

It is absolutely crucial that children maintain a routine of daily reading. There is an enormous amount of research to show that this is the most important skill for children’s overall attainment. I will post a daily reminder that children read for at least half an hour each day. If possible, please read with & to your child and ask plenty of questions to make sure they understand the material they’re reading.

I understand that reading material might be a bit limited, especially given last year’s lockdown where your child may have read everything front to back! As a school, we have access to an online resource called Rising Stars Readers. This is mainly set up for the Owlets class but does have relevant material for Snowy Owls. I am working to get the system set up so that the Snowy Owls can use it to access books online and will send out more details when ready.

 

Science & foundation subjects:

To provide a nice balance of learning, each day I will post instructions for another lesson, e.g. art or PE. Plans for this will come from a range of sources.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

English

English

English

English

English

Maths

Maths

Maths

Maths

Maths

Reading

Reading

Reading

Reading

Reading

Science

PE

Jigsaw (PSHE)/ RE

Computing

Art

 

Please note this is only a rough timetable and I may change things from time to time!

Other Resources:

It may be you want additional resources for your child. There’s useful material cropping up all the time, but here are a few suggestions of websites you could use.

 

Mathletics – each child has an account & we have recently re-sent passwords.

Times Table Rockstars- I have recently sorted out class setup so if you tried this and it didn’t work, please try again.

https://www.pobble365.com/ - this website provides an interesting picture every day, along with questions to get your child thinking, sentence activities and even story starters.

https://freerice.com/categories/english-vocabulary - this online game is a fun way of building vocabulary and includes other modes, e.g. identifying different countries. It also helps raise support for food charities.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/covid19-school-closures - Twinkl has an enormous range of online resources. You have to pay to access many of them, but during last lockdown they had a lengthy free period.

https://www.purplemash.com/login/ - this has a range of games and activities across all subjects. Your child also has an account for this- we sent home login details at the start of the academic year.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw this YouTube channel received funding from the DfE to create online phonics lessons. Less confident readers in particular might find this very useful. If you can’t click the link, try a YouTube search for ‘Dfe phonics lessons.’

 

 

Finally, in general, please don’t worry about following my plans to the letter. I understand that this is a stressful time for everybody and many of you will be working from home. While we’d encourage everyone to do their best to follow the learning material we’re providing, your child’s education will not be harmed if there’s a maths question you can’t explain or a writing activity they find difficult. Of course feel free to modify activities to make them more accessible or to contact me or Mrs Hicks if you’re in need of help.

Week beginning 11/01/20:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

English:

Identify the features of instructions

English:

Investigate suffixes: -er and -est

English:

Explore ‘being’ verbs

English:

Devise ingredients for a ‘monster pizza’

English:

Develop vocabulary for disgusting food

Reading

Reading

Reading

Reading

Reading

Maths:

All: Recap 5 times-table

Maths:

All: Make equal groups- sharing

Maths:

All: Recap- make equal groups- grouping

Maths:

All: Recap- Divide by 2

Maths:

All: Recap- Divide by 5

Science:

What is an adaptation?

PE:

Joe Wicks or other

PSHE:

Identify a personal goal or dream

Computing:

Code.org- start with course C

Art:

Learn about the artist Kandinsky

 

Week beginning 18/01/20:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

English:

Generate vocabulary to use in instruction writing

English:

Practice and apply knowledge of suffixes: -er and -est

English:

To orally rehearse our instructions

English:

To write instructions for a monster pizza

English:

To write an invitation to a party

Reading

Reading

Reading

Reading

Reading

Maths:

All: Recap- divide by 10

Maths:

Year 2: Multiplication sentences from pictures

Year 3: Multiply by 3

Maths:

Year 2: Odd and even numbers

Year 3: Divide by 3

Maths:

All: Grid Method

Maths:

All: Grid Method

Science: how are organisms adapted to hot environments?

PE:

Joe Wicks or other

RE:

Develop a basic understanding of Islam

Computing:

Code.org- continue course C

Art:

Design Kandinsky-style art

 

Learning in Snowy Owls

We're going to Hogwarts in Term 2 for our Harry Potter theme!

 

We're going to be learning all about the wizarding world with magical activities like creating monsters and designing our own 3D Hogwarts board games.

Last term we had great fun learning all about Ancient Egyptian beliefs and mythology.

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Learning about Egyptian mummies the hands-on way: mummifying a fish!

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We made pharaoh headdresses!

'Recovery learning'- education after lockdown.

Having to go into lockdown has meant that we've got lots of catching up to do! We're working hard to practice the basics as well as work on the new skills and learning we've got to do this year.

Anything you can do at home will be tremendously helpful as we work to catch up on several months missed education. The absolute best thing you can do is read with your child at home regularly and encourage a love of reading- if I can help at all then please just ask! Below you'll find some links to useful websites your children can easily use to practice some basic skills.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/  (This has games and activities for every subject)

https://ttrockstars.com/

http://www.mathletics.co.uk

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk

Please note Mathletics and Times Table Rockstars need logins- if your child has one already it should still work, if not we'll be sending them out soon.

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