New Robins (September 2020)
The children may be a bit unsettled at the thought or returning to school. You may like to share this story:
Many children will take the changes in their stride. However, it is understandable if some children are displaying some negative emotions. It is important to help children understand what has happened and give them strategies for moving on, as we return to some normality.
Issues may be including, but not confined to:
• Clinginess and/or regression – this will be a common response to the disruption caused by the pandemic. Some children may constantly seek cuddles and kisses, some may regress to bed-wetting or thumb-sucking.
• Children will have extra need for reassurance – some more than others. Parents should give this unconditionally and abundantly.
• Anxiety - adults and children who are prone to anxiety may suffer symptoms more frequently and intensely
• Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) – to instil a sense of control, when the world feels so out of control.
Developing self-regulation and strategies to cope with these feelings is integral to managing our stress response and therefore minimising these issues. There are some ideas below to support your child. Talking about how they feel about going back to school will help. It will be mixed emotions; missing all that time they have had with you to wanting to see their friends again. Explaining that we all feel sad, worried and nervous at these times . This is normal. But focusing on the positive. How you will still be there and look forward to hearing all about their day. Getting back into a routine will really help.
200 Million Minutes : We are taking part in the 200 Million Minutes Reading Challenge – a global reading initiative from education charity Achievement for All. Beginning on World Book Day (Thursday 4th March 2021) children and young people from early years settings, schools, colleges, parents, carers, libraries, businesses and community groups from around the world will try to collectively read for 200 million minutes! All reading counts towards our minutes: paperbacks, magazines, comics, plays, newspapers, picture books and e-books are all great and it includes independent reading, reading in groups and reading with an adult. Children and young people participating in the 200 Million Minutes Reading Challenge can note their reading time on the bookmarks which will be given out by their class teachers. Best of all, certificates will be awarded for each milestone your child reaches, and the school could even win some prizes too! There is also a competition. world-book-day-competition.pdf
A useful website for information about supporting your child with reading at home - Booktrust.
Here is a number line. This would be useful to print off and begin to use to support 'counting on' and 'counting down'. week-1-Gingerbread-man-number-line-to-30.pdf
Below are links to some of the videos that Mrs Tyler and Mrs Fensom have been using-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=jk0xA43mui8 Jolly Phonics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F3AycEDksY Grouping tens.
Keep practising the tricky words. https://epicphonics.com/teachers/phase/2 The first set of ‘tricky words’ the children have been learning since September. By this time in the year they should know these by heart, to support their reading ( I the he she we be me to go no ).
https://epicphonics.com/teachers/show/tricky-words-song-for-phase-3 These are the tricky words we have been learning recently. ( said, was, my, you, they, are, saw [however ‘saw’ has the new ‘aw’ sound in it. So it can be sounded out). Have a look and practise these. You can use the print off sheets and make a matching game. Or write the words on paper and put them up around the house. Every time you pass them you say the word. Our new sight words are : little, like, some , come and all. Keep reading even if it is just one page a day. Enjoy sharing stories. There are some links below.
You may like to do the bottle challenge as a family over Half Term.https://www.bottlemoments.com/
Stories to listen to -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1XxqDP-ZjI&feature=youtu.be storytimes worrysaurus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI79cJ1Ls6c&feature=youtu.be another story about the Bear family.
The following website has lots of ideas of things to do at home. https://abcdoes.com/home-learning/
Website with lots of ideas of things to do at home. https://abcdoes.com/home-learning/
Here are two links about supporting children with bereavement. https://abcdoes.com/abc-does-a-blog/2020/09/25/supporting-child-bereavement-when-children-suffer-loss/
There is also a good blog about coping with bereavement for children, with some helpful stories. http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/home.aspx bereavement
The sound card- . sound-card.pdf
Please look at the Jolly Phonics website if you are unsure of any sounds or the link here.
If you would like more information on what the children are expected to be doing at each age band please click here.
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We hope you enjoy your time as a Robin!