Updates to home learning pages (18.5.2020):
- During this period of closure the most important thing is to ensure that children are happy, safe and secure. We have a page which gives information, resources and advice to support children's emotional health and wellbeing. Please click here to view it.
- Each year group has new home learning activities for the week beginning 18th May. If you would like printed copies of these please contact the school office where collection or delivery of these can be arranged.
- information about Microsoft Teamshas been sent out to Year 1 and Year 2 - please sign up.
- The general home learning links are regularly updated and there are new links added for this week. Keep scrolling down on this page to access these.
- There are two new initiatives that were launched last week to support parents with home learning that we would particularly like to draw your attention to: BBC Bitesize are posting daily lessons for KS1 pupils. Please click here to go the the KS1 Bitesize website.The Oak National Academy has launched this week. This is an online classroom that has been created by a group of teachers as a national initiative. It ranges from Reception up to Secondary age. Please click here to access the website and click on the 'Subjects' button in the top right corner to select your child's year group.
We would like to create a ‘GFIS spoon family’ in our school grounds. Your child could decorate a metal, wooden or plastic spoon and then put their own name and a year group on the back. You can drop the spoon off into a box at our main office door. If you walk past the school at all, your child could look out for other spoons their friends have made too.
We hope you like this idea and that you will join in with the fun!
We hope to see you and all your spoons soon.
Please click on the relevant year group below for home learning suggestions and activities. Each page also gives the contact information for how to contact your child's teacher to ask any questions regarding home learning.
You can also scroll down on this page to find some general links to websites that are suitable for using at home to support learning.
For tips on home learning for parents/carers, please click here.
If your child is worried about coronavirus, or is finding the changes difficult there are some resources to help them. Please click here and here. You can also contact our Pastoral Support Worker, Sarah King for any help and advice linked to your child, yourself or others at home. Email email@example.com or call/text 07716 643783. Sarah will be available at times during the Easter holidays as well so she will get back to you to offer support outside of the scheduled term time.
There are also some additional links for support for parents and for children on our COVID-19 information page.
General Home Learning Links
The following websites may be useful in supporting home learning.
The links are colour coded: red - suitable for Nursery and Reception, blue - suitable for Years 1 and 2, purple - suitable for all.
Books and planned activities The CLPE (The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) have produced plans to go alongside some picture books. You don't need to own a copy of the book as there is a video of the book being read aloud. There is a separate plan for EYFS and KS1 - you don't have to complete each part of the plan, but it may help give some ideas that you can adapt for your child.
iMoves PE and Dance Sign up or a free 14 day trial to access a range of dance and PE lessons to help keep children active at home.
Active at Home Get Berkshire Active have launched a range of activities to encourage children to keep physically active at home.
Draw alongside an illustrator Videos of authors/illustrators showing you how to draw characters from their book. Join in and develop your drawing skills!
National Literacy Trust Family Zone Guides for specific age ranges to support learning at home.
Whizz Pop Bang! Sign up for free to access some fun science experiments and other ideas. Planned activities start from Year 2 but some will also be suitable for Year 1.
Home access to Espresso, which is a learning platform that we use in school to access a wide range of resources. Click Login in the top right corner, the username is student4619 and the password is geoffrey
Activity Village Craft, colouring and puzzle activities.
Scratch Junior Computer programming app suitable for ages 5-7
Learning projects This website has suggested learning projects for EYFS (Nursery and Reception) and KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2)
- Encourage your child to ask questions about the animals and then watch and listen carefully for the answers.
- Draw or paint pictures of the different animals. Or use playdough, collage or something else more creative.
- Choose one animal to create a fact file about. Click here to see some templates you could use or adapt to make your own.
- Design a map for your own zoo, labelling where different animals would live and think carefully about which animals would like to live near water, in trees, somewhere dark etc. Click here for some inspiration. Remember you could also create your zoo map using Lego or other construction toys.
- Write a letter/email to Chester Zoo to tell them what you enjoyed most about the virtual tour. You could also write to another attraction, such as London Aquarium, and ask them to do something similar.
Oxford Owl free online books Free online ebooks for your child to read. There is an online reading assessment to help you find the right level of book, as the colour levels will not match the ones we use at Geoffrey Field
Oxford Owl learning Learning activities from Oxford Owl
Twinkl You can sign up for access to free resources
Maths Mastery Free Early Years and KS1 maths resources - printables for KS1 and activity ideas for Early Years.
Phonics Play This website has a number of free to access phonics games that would be particularly suitable for pupils in Reception or Year 1
Non screen based learning activities Here is a list of 25 activities that you can do to support learning at home that are non screen based
Spellings Games that support pupils in Years 1 and 2 to learn some of the common exception words as listed in the National Curriculum
KS1 printable pack This pack produced by TTS is a printable activity book. The activities cover a range of subjects such as Literacy, Art, Science and Music. The activities will not link to your child's current topics in school but you may be able to look through together to find something they are interested in learning about
Early Years Maths This website has a range of leaflets that suggest ways to support Maths learning at home without needing to print any resources
Early Years Writing These are the leaflets from the same website as above, linked to Writing
Early Years printable pack This pack produced by TTS provides some printable resources as well as a wide range of suggested activities including making playdough (recipe provided), nursery rhymes and physical activity challenges
Go Noodle Short videos to guide your child through physical activities from mindful yoga to more intense workouts that can be done at home
Lego challenge This 30 day Lego challenge calendar gives a purpose to Lego play and encourages your child to plan, construct and problem solve
100 things to do indoors There are lots of fun things to do on this list and lots of learning opportunities within them
BFfC stay at home activities Helpful links and suggestions of things to do at particular times of day, which may help with timetabling your days at home
Daily timetable ideas
An example timetable