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Hello parents, carers and children of Gwyn Jones Primary! 

We hope you are all keeping well.  We want to know that although we are not seeing each other at school, the staff of the school are still thinking of you all and wondering how you are.   We know that lots of families are finding juggling working from home whilst getting the children to engage in online learning activities a challenge. We do not want to put extra pressure on families at this difficult time.  Our home learning expectations:

Daily:

Reading: One of the biggest activities that will have the most impact on your child’s learning is reading at home. I would recommend that all children complete 20 mins of daily reading and then complete one of the reading journal activities.

Maths: 20 minutes practicing the basics e.g. times tables, number bonds, the four operations (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication). If the children can be well versed in the basics this will have a big impact on their return

Physical and mental health: I would expect that the children participate in some physical activity and have down time for mental health.

Weekly:

Teachers are updating the year group home learning pages at least twice a week, for your child to engage with.

It might be helpful for your family to create a daily schedule together.  It is also good to make the week days different from the weekend with a much more relaxed structure to the day.

My main message would be to not put pressure on yourselves of the children, to make it fit in with your family life and to be flexible. I wouldn’t worry if on a Wednesday morning your child decided that it was all too much and they just wanted a day of down time. This is an anxious time for our children, who will be struggling with their own feelings about not being able to see friends and loved ones and it is important that we recognise that.

You'll see below some recommended websites and activities, collated by all the staff at Gwyn Jones.  We've put these here for you to pick and choose from but you can also go to your Year Group page to find more suggestions and updates from your class teachers.

Stay safe, Sian Boutalbi (Headteacher)

English

https://www.mebooks.co/

Download the app to get access to free digital books.

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/?q=&sortOption=AtoZ&pageNo=1?utm_source=place2be.org.uk&utm_medium=referral

Full of fantastic resources and ideas all around books and stories.

http://www.pobble365.com/

Fantastic images for writing - a different one every day and lots of ideas for writing activities.

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login

Spelling and grammar games as well as hundreds of interactive books!   Ask your class teacher for your login!

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ruth+miskin

Daily phonics sessions with Ruth Miskin (for early years and year 1)

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Audible are currently offering free listening of 100s of books for children and adults.

https://www.oliverjeffers.com/abookaday/

The amazing Oliver Jeffers reads some of his bestselling books

https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

David Walliams is releasing a free audio story every day for the next 30 days.

Computing

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/digital-making-at-home-parents-guide/

Raspberry Pi have some fantastic computing projects that your child can try!

https://scratch.mit.edu/

Programme your own stories, animations and games!

https://www.scratchjr.org/

You can also download the FREE Scratch Jr app for 5-7 year olds.

Online lesson timetable

We've made a timetable with free online lessons we've heard about, including writing, science and dance!

Online Safety

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/jessie-and-friends-videos/

Online safety videos for 4-7 year olds.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/

Online safety home activity worksheets for different age groups.  

Science and more!

https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/News/News-results/National/2020/March/Bringing-the-sunshine-inside

Great ideas to bring the outdoors indoors!

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/

Fantastic website for children full of interesting articles, videos, quizzes and more!  Covers the whole curriculum.

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

Packed full of information, videos, competitions and games.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=crash+course+kids

Crash course kids - fun science videos for children

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=science+channel

Lots of fascinating science videos.

https://www.duolingo.com/

Learn a language for free!

https://www.skillsbuilder.org/homelearning

The Skills Builder Partnership have helpfully created a easy-to-follow framework with key skills such as listening and problem solving broken down into steps for different age groups.  

Maths

https://www.mathletics.com/uk/

Interactive games, activities and challenges!  Ask your class teacher for your login.

https://nrich.maths.org/primary

A fantastic range of accessible maths games and problem-solving activities.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

Weekly maths lessons and printable maths tasks organised per year group

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

Maths games for different age groups

https://www.youcubed.org/resource/youcubed-at-home/

Home learning page created by Stanford University with lots of creative ideas for exploring maths concepts.

Maths, English and more!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

BBC Bitesize are now offering daily lessons for English, maths and history. There are videos and interactive games and you don't need to print anything off - bonus!  

https://www.thenational.academy/

an online bank of lessons and resources for each year group made by teachers

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/covid19-school-closures

Twinkl is offering free access to all its learning resources for 1 month.

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.

https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/

A range of free maths and english games

https://www.games.co.uk/games/educational

A range of free educational games for all age ranges

Get moving!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvPHOpzoEk5onAEbq40g2-k

Joe Wicks gives 5 minute work outs for kids

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Cosmic kids have fab yoga, meditation and mindfulness videos for children aged 3+.  Try the Harry Potter one - it's awesome!

https://imoves.com/imovement-signup

Get free exercise videos and more emailed to your inbox every day.

Creative

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mo+willems

Best selling author and illustrator Mo Willems is teaching kids drawing on Youtube - a new drawing every day.

https://www.tate.org.uk/kids

Lots of ideas for art inspired by famous artists.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90478307/stuck-at-home-take-free-drawing-classes-from-famous-illustrators

Artists give art tutorials for children on instagram.

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