English resources and ideas
There are lots of things that can be done at home to cover the English curriculum. Reading will be incredibly important during this time and we recommend that daily reading occurs - each child was sent home with a reading book and we'd expect them to read this and have a record kept. The older children can write a book review when they've finished.
There are endless opportunities to develop writing - create new characters and settings, write a newspaper report or record a diary. Why not make a new recipe and write a list of instructions? Try and vary tasks to keep engagement.
Speaking and listening activities are also important so challenge children with discussions about books and programmes you may watch.
There are other useful sites which can be used to enrich English learning opportunities at home and these will be posted here.
David Walliams is making audio books accessible every day for FREE on his website.
Some other fantastic sites are also offering these resources.
Learning phonics at home
Word of the Day - spring
How many different meanings are there for the word spring. How many sentences can you make with the word spring?
Word of the day - firtling
Firtling - to look like you're really busy when you are actually doing very little. Is anyone firtling about today? Fancy having some spelling fun?
Word of the Day - jimjams
Anyone still in their jimjams (pyjamas) - two very odd words!
Jimjams is an example of ablaut reduplication - a very old English rule that if a letter is repeated in a word - in this case 'J' the first vowel is always an 'i' or an 'e'.
Other examples are - zigzag, kitkat, seesaw
Challenge - How many more can you find? Can you find an exception to the rule (I can't)?
Some Shakespeare-inspired activities!
Writing resources-daily writing lessons
There is a daily lesson for writing based on short films from Jane Considine. Take a look on youtube - super sentencestackers or follow on twitter/facebook - #supersentencestackers. The lessons are at 9.30 and 10.30.
Spellings and Phonics resources
Phonics play is a website which is offering free access to its resources.