These pages have been designed to help you support your child/children at home. If you encounter any problems or have any further suggestions please let us know.
Curriculum (2014) Leaflets - end of year expectations
CURRICULUM HELP FOR ENGLISH:
- A Minion Reasons to read:
In our hall we have the ‘Minion Reasons to Read’ board. This is a rewards system to encourage children to enjoy books and complete reading challenges in class time or at home. It is also to encourage reading at home. Children get a star reader award each half term if they complete 5 of the minion challenges to get 5 minions or if they get at least 16 signatures in their reading diaries/planners from home. This year the reward is a certificate and star reader pencil which was voted on by the school council.
- Star Writers:
Look out for our Star Writers board as you enter the entrance hall. Every couple of weeks each class puts up a new star writer to showcase the written work taking place in classes.
- Reading Bands information (word doc.)
- GRAMMAR JARGON BUSTER (PDF OXFORD SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT)
- Spelling Lists 2014 curriculum - click here
- Jolly Phonics Guide for Parents (PDF)
- Purple Mash
OTHER USEFUL WEBSITE LINKS FOR LEARNING AT HOME:
http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ (FREE E-BOOKS ON HERE AND OTHER USEFUL INFO FOR PARENTS)
http://www.spellingplay.co.uk/ (USEFUL FOR Y2 SPELLINGS)
ABC Mysteriez Hidden Letters
Our children love this app. All the letters of the alphabet are hidden away within super detailed images. There is a sense of competition with a timer ticking away as they seek all the letters. It is great for visual discrimination, developing their eye for detail. We have linked to the free versions on both the App Store and Google Play, but additional levels can be purchased.
This provides a great interactive opportunity for children to work on their phonics skills through play. Each grid provides a range of questions aimed at developing and testing children’s word skills, knowledge of letter sounds, blends and rhymes. Our children enjoy the variety and the opportunity it offers. It is best used by two children with an adult available to support some of the reading if needed.
This is a simple, progressive phonics app with a friendly bee guiding you through the activities. It has a British accent which is a real bonus! The app is free and well worth having for Foundation stage. Children can develop their knowledge of individual letter sounds and then blends and vowel digraphs. If you want your children to use the reward feature of planting their seeds in a virtual garden you’ll need to buy the full version.
Pirate Treasure Hunt
This is a an app providing a variety of problem solving opportunities for the children. As you help Pirate Jack to find the hidden treasure you take part in mathematical and literacy based tasks: shapes, spelling, addition sums, sequencing, and time problems, etc. It is great for the variety it offers and encouraging the children to adapt from one type of skill to another.
A classic wordfinder app. As you make words from adjoining letters they ‘pop’ and new letters fall into the spaces. There are a variety of options and you can build up from practising to timed challenges. This is a popular game based loosely on the old ‘Boggle’ game. It’s one of many similar games available in the App Store. We tried a few and liked this one the best!
This is from the same company as Maths Bingo. It follows the same format as the number version. Children locate the correct words, tap on them and try to get a complete row. With success comes rewards – they can collect bugs and play a target game, flinging the bugs around the screen. It doesn’t teach as such, it is mainly useful to practise reading words. Our children really enjoy it. It has the added advantage of being able to enter multiple players on one app. Strangely, many maths apps don’t have this feature which limits their use in the classroom!
CURRICULUM HELP FOR MATHS:
Husthwaite's Calculation Progression Guide - click here
Oxford Owl - fun maths at home
Topmarks Early Years
Mathletics - don't forget your login
Interactive maths games and activities - click here
Maths activités by objective by year group - click here
Mathszone - click here
Maths Apps - click here