Early Years Homework Programme During Absence From School

Whilst our pupils are at home due to the current national restrictions we have made it our priority to ensure that every child will continue to have access to a high quality education; with daily teaching and challenging activities which will support your childs development across all the areas of the curriculum.

Supporting your child's emotional wellbeing

The past year has been challenging for all of us and we recognise the significant challenges many of our families are experiencing due to the pandemic. We understand the impact that change; loss of routine and daily restrictions has on our pupils and recognise that living through such strange and at times, difficult times will have an impact on our children’s mental health. We want to encourage you to talk to your class teacher about how your child is managing the current lockdown period and to raise any concerns which you may have.

You may wish to try some of the following to support your child in the following weeks:

  • Create your own daily routine and try to stick to it. We will deliver Google Classroom sessions at set times each day to support with a daily routine
  • Sensory bottles: Explore emotions with your child by creating a variety of sensory bottles. At school we use the book colour monsters to explore emotions and you may find it helpful to relate your bottles to the different coloured monsters within the story
  • Take a daily walk or use a garden or green space which you have access to
  • Take time to play with your child, children learn best through play and will to express themselves through positive interactions with you
  • If possible use technology such as facetime and zoom to maintain contact with family and friends whom you and your child often see and they may be missing also
  • Missing hugs story: explore the story within this link to support your child in understanding why they cannot see family and friends
  • Take time to care for yourself as parents and carers; the more relaxed, calm and happy you are the more relaxed your child will feel.

Supporting your child's physical development

Please see below for a selection of activities and programmes which may support you and your child in maintaining a good level of physical health and activity across the coming weeks and will support your child in continuing to make progress with their physical development 

Topic learning January 2021

This half-term at school our topic is Space and the world around us. Whether your child is learning at school or remotely from home we will continue to make links to the topic and explore all areas of development and learning through a creative and literacy based approach to learning. Please find below a selection of supportive videos and online stories related to the topic.

Other sources for educational games and activities

CBeebies This colourful website has everything - games, craft ideas, recipes and music.  Many of the activities link to popular TV shows and we love the video singalongs!
Blue Peter

Blue Peter is the longest running kids TV show in the world and and the YouTube channel has videos that are suitable for 5-11 year olds. There are world record breaking challenges, arts and crafts, environmental videos, cooking and baking how tos, inspirational films, gaming, celebrity appearances, dance routines and music performances. The channel also features ways of getting a Blue Peter badge, behind the scenes footage and extra content about the incredible presenters Adam, Lindsey, Mwaksy, Richie and Henry the Blue Peter dog.

TTS Group Provides lots of resources to schools to help teachers teach and learners learn.  TTS want to ensure that pupils don't miss out due to coronavirus and so they have made some of their resources free for parents, including an Early Years Activity Book.  Scroll down their website to download a copy.
Twinkl: Offers learning resources to teachers and parents who pay to become members.  However, due to coronavirus, Twinkl are offering one month of free membership to support continued learning from home.  Sign in on the Twinkl website to access the free resources.
Activity Village Offers lots of fun activities for teachers and parents who pay to become members.  However, to provide support to busy parents during the coronavirus school closures, Activitiy Village has pulled together some of their favourite activities into bundles which are currently free for everyone to download. 
Topmarks Provides a range of fun and educational activities, including resources designed specifically for parents to work with their children.
Something Special Using a sign language called Makaton, Justin and Mr Tumble help children learn how to communicate and develop language skills in a fun and exciting way.
Early Learning HQ High quality early years teaching resources designed to help engage, inspire and educate children.
Nursery World Offers lots of activities for children in Early Years, many are free to download.
Big Eyed Owl A site dedicated to providing ideas, resources and information for parents, carers and teachers of preschool, nursery and Key Stage 1 children.
  Crickweb A range of free online Early Years educational games.
Education City Provides engaging, educational resources and games for pupils aged 3-12 years, with a range of activities which are free to download.
  Storicise Storicise is a platform that delivers fun and innovative activities designed to support children through the impact of Covid-19.