Letter with extra home learning links
I hope you have managed to enjoy the sunny weekend we have had.
Our Friday Bulletin seems to have become a Monday update! Those teachers who have made telephone calls over the last week have enjoyed catching up with you all. If you have not received a telephone call yet, your child’s teacher will contact you when they are next in school over the coming fortnight. If you have any questions, concerns or worries, please do not wait for your child’s teacher to contact you, please email the School Office firstname.lastname@example.org and your message will be passed onto your child’s class teacher or another member of staff who will be able to help.
Technology can be a wonderful thing, and in the current global pandemic it is becoming a vital tool to help keep in touch with friends and family, support home working as well as to support home learning. It certainly helped with our interviews last week! We are all no doubt spending more and more time on line, including children. As part of our computing curriculum we regularly talk to children about how to be safe on line, and often read stories to them. The follow links may be helpful for reminding children about how to keep themselves safe on line, but also for your information. Within school we use our Stay Safe on Line (BeHIP) poster to remind children about internet safety.
Smartie the Penguin – stories that focus on pop ups, in app purchasing, inappropriate websites, cyberbullying, upsetting images, unreliable information and talking to strangers online.
Digiduck – follow Digiduck and his pals in these stories of friendship, responsibility and critical thinking online.
#Goldilocks - A modern twist on the classic fairy tale that offers a fun and accessible way for you to discuss all things social media related with your younger children.
Jessie and Friends – Three animations to provide children with the knowledge, skills and confidence to help them respond safely to risks they may encounter online.
Parenting in a digital world booklet – information for parents of children of all ages.
Eastleigh Borough Council are able to help those who are self-isolating because they are at a higher risk from coronavirus. The Council can connect you to the network of community volunteers. See their website for further information and please pass it on to those you may know who are in need.
All planned educational visits and experiences organised for later this term have been cancelled. Thank you to those parents who have responded to the form last week about indicating whether you would either like a refund on donations made or whether you wish to donate it to Friends of Fair Oak Infant School. Refunds will be processed this later this week.
Here are some further resources to support your child’s learning at home.
If you are looking for some more reading books for your child to read, Collins Big Cat is offering 300+ books for Key Stage One children online. Collins Big Cat is one of the many reading schemes we have in school, so your child may be familiar with some texts. Re-reading texts to become familiar with them helps build and develop children’s reading skills and confidence. To access these free e-books use the log in details below. You will then be able to select a reading colour band appropriate to your child’s reading level.
Oxford University Press are also offering several books from their reading scheme for free to children during school closures. To access these, you will need to register first as a parent first. Again, you can select a reading colour band appropriate to your child’s reading level.
Extra Home Learning Packs
For those parents who are looking for extra home learning we will be uploading each week a home learning pack, which have been recommended by the Department for Education. These will be uploaded each Monday. We have also uploaded the home learning pack from last week. Click the links below for access.
Twinkl is offering parents free access to all their resources. There are a whole variety of resources available to support all subjects and areas of interest from pre-school age to Key Stage Four. This is a resource we subscribe to within school and one you can currently sign up to as a parent.
We will continue to upload work on a fortnightly basis, with a suggested timetable. The next fortnights work will be uploaded this Friday, for those of you who want to look through it over the weekend. Click the links below to access it.
Within school we use iPads. For those of you with an iPad or iPhone, here are a few of the Apps we use to be creative within school, which you might want to use with your children.
Strip Designer – Create your own comics! There is a £2.99 charge for this App. Some of our Year 1 dads used this app on our Bring a Dad to School Day.
iMovie – Create your own films! This is a free App and comes standard on Apple devices. Year Two have used this to create their Fire of London reports.
Garage Band – Make music, anytime, anywhere. This is a free App and comes standard on Apple devices.
Clips – A free app for making fun videos to share with family and friends. This is a free App and one some of last year’s Year Two used on their visit to the Apple Store.
I Can Animate – Create your own stop-go animations. This is a free App. Children in Year One used this as part of their Toy topic.
Hampshire Music Service
Hampshire Music Service are producing material each week. Their weekly Keep Calm and Make Music can be found on our school website.
A copy of this letter, along with last weeks, is available on our school website so that you can easily access the links.
I hope the children are continuing to demonstrate our School Values whilst school is closed. If you want to remind your child of them, they can be found on our School Website.
Keep safe, and hopefully life will begin to return to some normality soon.