School Closures - Extra Home Learning
We know that the recent changes to schools have meant that you are now faced with the challenge of being teachers as well as parents, which is not very easy! For this reason we have reviewed our first week of home learning and have decided to make some adjustments. The intention of this is to make our learning more accessible for everyone and enable us to be more responsive to individual needs. Please see the details below.
We know that home schooling can be difficult and that there will be times when you can't complete a full day of school work. This could be because of your own work commitments, technology problems, illness or any number of other reasons. Because of this, we have sorted our work into Essential Learning, Enrichment Learning and Extraordinary Extras!
The Essential Learning is designed to be straightforward to work through and to practise skills and facts which your teachers feel will be most helpful to focus on. This work will probably seem repetitive, but it is important to know this stuff inside out! If you find yourself only able to do one thing, please do this.
The Enrichment Learning is themed home learning topics which will be designed to complement the Essential Learning that we are sending home. The enrichments will work across age phases, so may be of particular help if you are trying to meet the needs of several children in the house. Each Enrichment topic will have two pages of ideas and the first page will always be activities that can be completed without any technology or online support. There is no expectation that you must complete these activities, however, if you choose to, please post your work on Tapestry so that we can see the amazing things you have done.
The Extraordinary Extras are whole school projects that we would love you to get involved in. It might be something musical, artistic or technical. It might be something that you can do in the kitchen or the garden. It will definitely be fun!
We hope that this three tiered approach to Home Learning will support you and the children during this challenging time. Please let us know how you get on. We cannot wait to see what you practise, make and achieve!
Extraordinary Extras are projects made by the Magdalen Gates community. This is our way of staying in touch with each other. Look out for a weekly update on the website, and thank you to everybody who has been involved so far, it has been fantastic to see your marvellous contributions!
Week 1: Take on Rossini, Offenbach and Strauss
Week 2: High 5
Week 3: Schools of Sanctuary: 'What you need to be warm' by Neil Gaiman, performed by the children and staff of Magdalen Gates Primary School
Week 4: Fingerprints
Did you know that each fingerprint is unique? Just like you!
In this project, we asked the children to create a drawing of their fingerprint, and annotate it with all the qualities that make them unique. Then, we used the fingerprints to create these beautiful flowers.
Week 5: The True Colours of Magdalen Gates
Resources from World Book Online
This link will bring you to the scholastic home learning page where packs are available for all year groups: https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/homelearning
This link will bring you to videos on supporting your children with reading and comprehension skills: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/learning-at-home-videos/parent-how-to-videos/how-to-help-with-comprehension-videos/
This link will take you to Oxford Owls where you will find a wealth of information to help you. It's split into year groups and age ranges. There are parents guides as well as practical activities to do with your child: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/reading-at-home/
This link will take you to a library of hundreds of free books that your child can read on a tablet, or other mobile device. You do have to register but it is free: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book/library-page?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=&book=1&book_type=&series=#
Spelling & Phonics
Practise your spellings: https://www.spellingshed.com/
Phonics Play - This is an online learning resource which is available to parents for free during the Coronavirus concern.
How to videos to help you with phonics at home: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/learning-at-home-videos/parent-how-to-videos/how-to-help-with-phonics-videos/
This link will take you to resources and information to help you with spellings at home including games to play: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/help-with-spelling/
This is a blog about Five creative ways to help your child learn their spellings: https://blog.oxfordowl.co.uk/five-creative-ways-to-help-with-spelling-homework/
Fun, informative and captivating talks to inspire young minds: https://www.ted.com/playlists/86/talks_to_watch_with_kids
Pobble - pictures to stimulate thinking and learning
The perfect place for story starters and writing inspiration: https://www.astarterforten.co.uk/blog
Short films for thinking and discussing: https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html#