The books that we will base our Home Learning on will be those that we would have used if the children had been in school.
We hope that they will engage your child and that they will continue to promote a love of reading, which we, at Bishopton, strive to foster. If you do not have the text linked to the home learning, that is not a problem. There will always be a link to a Youtube video which your child can watch online.
We are really pleased to have access to Oxford Owls reading books via the website. Go to oxfordowl.co.uk, then click on My class login (top righthand corner). Our class name is bullfinches and our class password is swift flyers (with a space between these words).
The regular routine of sharing these Oxford Owl books, and any other favourites, will be of real benefit to your child. They will provide a great opportunity too for discussion about characters, settings, plots and any predictions your child may have.
Year 1 have progressed so well in their reading this year. We are sure they will continue this trend with your support.
Our Literacy sessions will be based on our topic for the half term.
The home learning plans will have simple objectives, and a key task for your child to work on. We will try to keep these tasks light and creative, allowing for your child to work as independently as possible. Gentle reminders of punctuation, spelling and handwriting may well be needed! These tasks should not take more than 30 to 45 minutes at the most, but we know some children may well spend shorter or longer. As Mr Smith has pointed out in his correspondence, home learning is very different to being in school and we recognise, above all, the importance of keeping it as positive as possible. Therefore a shorter time that is happier is much more encouraging than continuing to complete a task which has become a struggle.
Throughout Year 1, children have been learning to form letters with the 'flicks', known as precursive letters, so that they can more easily begin to join letters. In class we encourage them to 'have a go' at joining. Often this requires a change from the 'print' letters that they have become used to forming. Once they do 'take the leap' to joining, they will soon find it easier than 'printing' as there is more flow in forming a word.
As a school we subscribe to the website: letterjoin.co.uk which you have access to from home. Go to this website, then click login. Username is: lj1396 and password is: home. We have worked through sections: Easy letters, Easy words, Harder letters, Harder words. It is a really helpful guide to the letter formation that children have learnt in school. There are a range of activities within the site, including practising 'high frequency words' which is particularly useful as it will also help the spelling of these words we often need to write. It can be accessed on a tablet, which could be particularly useful for consolidating the correct letter formation.
Useful Resources for Literacy
Common Exception Word Mat for Year 1