The pages in this section provide a set of learning activities for children and families to work on together now that the school has been required to close due to the coronavirus. Teachers have had to assemble these pages at very short notice and have done their best to select content that feels appropriate for the age of the children. It is not expected or intended that children will be able to complete all of the activities independently - they will need the support of their families in place of their teachers and peers.
Aside from the ideas on each class page, there are a number of suggestions below for more general activities which you can do with your child during this extended period of school closure. We are sure it won't be long before the novelty of being off school is replaced with declarations of boredom - we hope these ideas help.
Please keep re-visiting these pages as they will be updated regularly - the only time this may not happen is if staff become unwell themselves.
Reading, Reading, Reading
We can't stress how important it is to keep children reading during this period. It's not just about reading alone - here's a few ideas:
-Older siblings reading to younger ones
-Family story time
-Book snuggles (cosy up with a book)
-Audio books (sites like Audible are great)
-Read challenging texts to older children (they still like to be read to)
-I read a page / you read a page - share the load
-Act the story out or re-tell it from memory - be brave and bold and daft! Do the voices!
Whatever way you do it, keep books at the heart of your family time!
Check out what the Wheatfield staff are currently reading below :)
Click the link above to view 100 recommendations for every primary year group (produced by the very kind people at Peters.
Mr Winterburn's YouTube Channel
Mr Winterburn has set up a YouTube Channel to keep in touch with children and families. There are some short 'assembly style' sessions and stories so far - expect more content in the weeks ahead.
Why not sign in and subscribe?
Click the icon above to do so.
Infant Team YouTube Channel
Our Infant Team (Reception, Years 1 & 2) have also set up a YouTube Channel to share the clips and films they have been making.
Go on, sign up and show them your app
Oxford Owl Free E-Books
You need to sign up and create an account but once you've done that there are over 100 e-books (for all ages) which your child can access either on a PC or tablet. Well worth a look!
Managing Screen Time
It is really important to manage the amount of time your child spends on a screen during this extended period of school closure.
We recommend making a family agreement (like the one below which can be downloaded) so that everyone is clear about what is expected.
The people at Internet Matters have also produced three separate guides about balancing screen time for children of different ages …
We hope you find these useful.