Hi my lovely Acorns,
In most fairy tales, the characters in a book need to solve or overcome a problem but there is always a happy ending where things end up better than they were before.
This is one of those times. For a while, we are going on a journey which means we will need to stay apart until things are made better and we can come back together again.
I know you have heard of the bug that is making people poorly but we have amazing doctors who are working hard to make those people better. The people in charge of the country think they can look after us better and find a cure quicker if we stay apart for a while. So we must be brave and do what they say.
This doesn't mean I won't be here for you and you can't still do some amazing learning every day! I will just be teaching you in a different way for a while so keep checking this page and tapestry for lots of fun learning you can do at home!
I want you to know how proud I am of all of you and how much I care. During this time at home, keep reading, keep learning new things but most of all give you parents lots of hugs! Make your bed, lay the table and remember to laugh and smile.
We will be back together again soon. Before you know it we will be back at Spetisbury, learning, playing and having fun together.
I will miss you all very much,
Love Miss Pittman
Suggested home learning timetable
I thought I would put a timetable on here so you have a rough plan to follow each day. I totally appreciate it may not be possible for all of you but it is only a guideline so you can see how I would run a day at school.
After breakfast! - phonics (see separate phonics plan and phonics ideas on the learning project)
Free play (look at some of the learning projects bits)
Maths activity (look at the learning project for ideas)
Music/science/geography/history/art (basically chose one subject each day to focus on and use the learning project ideas for activities)
Story time (see daily story being read by me on tapestry!)
End of day prayer - thank you for our work and play and all that we have done today, please keep us safe at home tonight and look after us till morning light, Amen.
During 'Free play' (choosing) time I would normally be asking children to take 15-20 minutes out to do a 'learning job' with me. So you could do this and chose a writing or Maths activity from the learning project ideas.
Phonics lessons have a few different parts to them. They are normally 20 minutes long with lots to fit in but are very pacey!
Dough disco - start with a dough disco session. Your child needs a small amount of playdough and they copy the moves to strengthen their finger muscles. Shonette Bason-Wood (the creator of dough disco) will be doing daily dough disco songs on you tube.
There are now online phonics lessons run by letters and sounds which is the scheme we use at Spetisbury. I have put a document below with all the information you'll need. They start Monday on you tube and celebrities are introducing them which is exciting!! Enjoy!