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   Term 6 Home Learning

 

We do hope that Puffin Class children and families have been keeping safe and well.  Natalie and some of the Puffin Class have returned to school so I (Kate Kruza) have been asked to update the Puffin class webpage with some fresh ideas for home and online learning for Term 6.  

 

As it is Summer term, we encourage the children to get outdoors as much as possible to make the most of the glorious weather and the natural environment around them.  This is still learning as children can develop new vocabulary, explore and ask questions to help understand the world around them.  Any outdoor games, such as catch, football and trampolining are important for their physical development so please pursue exercise which your child enjoys and that you and the family can get involved in.

 

Please don’t forget that your child’s life skills are key so any activities that promote independence or new skills are encouraged, such as making cards, crafting, cooking, gardening and helping around the house.  Social skills are also important too, so any turn taking games are a great way to support this and develop their language.

 

The Weblinks below are useful and please continue to use these if  your child enjoys the activities.  I have added some new links to online learning/websites, which should help to engage your child.

 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ 

A range of activities that can be printed off and completed with support.  Try letter/number formation and cutting activities.  There are fine motor skills activities under EYFS tab which your child would benefit from.

 

https://www.educationcity.com/

You can use EducationCity to engage your child with maths, english and science at varying levels to suit your child.  You will need to register for a free trial or contact me for your child’s login details.

 

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/books/free-ebooks/

Does your child like reading books? If so here is a range of Oxford Reading Tree books that can be accessed online.  You will need to register to access this but is well worth it to keep up their reading skills.

 

Please feel free to use these activities to support your child with home learning but also remember that there is no pressure to do so, these are suggested activities and we understand that you know your child best and we are sure you will do your best to arrange learning that suits you and your situation.

 

Please feel free to contact myself for any further ideas and help, or if you have any questions. My email address is kate.kruza@whitfield.kent.sch.uk

 

All the best and we hope to see you again in the near future.

 

Kate Kruza, Natalie Sparnon and the Puffins Team.


 

School Closure Home Learning

 

A Home Learning pack will be sent home with your child on Friday to support them with their continued learning at home in the event of a whole school closure.

 

We have found a selection of fun and engaging activities for your child to complete linked to the 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' story which some of you may already have at home. 

 

We have also included a list of free websites, in addition to those listed below that can be accessed on tablets and home computers. Some of these will be familiar to the children and some of them are new. Please also continue to read with your child everyday. 

 

The children can have a lot of fun and develop their life skills by following recipies to make cakes or biscuits and talking about what they taste like and if they like them, or not!

 

To help you keep your child active at home we have included a link to Cosmic Kids Yoga (on YouTube). They have used this at school and are familiar with the format.

 

We look forward to being able to resume normal teaching in the near future, but in the meantime we wish you and your family a safe and healthy Easter.

 

Mrs Sparnon and the Puffin Team

Class Teacher: Natalie

Teaching Assistants: Sharon, Sarah, Lizzy and Dean

In Puffin Class, we believe in developing our social skills by working together and celebrating friendship. We learn to work, share and play together in order to build strong, happy friendships.

We work on our communication skills to enable us to interact with others in fun and meaningful ways.

We think that it is important to learn about, understand and express our emotions in order to be happy and healthy.

We believe that our work should be creative and based on our interests.

We think it is the role of the teachers and teaching assistants to encourage and develop our independence.

                 Puffins Curriculum

Visit to Local Fire Station with Raccoon Class

Term 3

During this term offsite learning will include

 

Local residents homes to promote community links.

Local Library visits.

Dover castle

Wingham wildlife Park to include soft play and demonstration talks.

Garden of light

Village farmers market

Dover museum.

 

 

 

Puffins will be learning through rhyming texts and poems. The focus will be Bears and Teddy bears. We will be making our own versions of the story " We are going on a bear hunt" and will use the forest school as  dramatic role play and sensory links. Throughout the term we will be learning about the moon bears at Wingham wildlife park. We will be making items in cooking sessions to celebrate a teddy bears picnic at the end of term. The children will begin to share simple reading books in their reading bags at home. During music activities the children will be learning some songs from inclusive sign and singing sessions.

Puffins continue to enjoy extra PE sessions provided DSC.  

Term 2

 

This term we are getting the children to use numeracy and communication skills in a variety of community settings. We will be visiting these off site venues:-

 

  • The Beeches residential home/ Whitefields Residents home
  • The Farmers Market
  • Tesco/cafe
  • Beeches café
  • Xmas at Reindeer Centre
  • Canterbury Cathedral

 

 We will be reading the hungry caterpillar and enjoying cooking with foods and dishes presented in the story. Music and drama will involve the story and also festivals celebrated this term. Puffins are enjoying P.E presented by dynamic sports coaching. Outdoor learning will include inclusive play at lunchtime and activities inspired by our own on site forest school. This term the Puffin children will be using  individual workboxes and reading opportunities include weekly library books that they can share with you at home.

 

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