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Below you will find a range of activities to do over the summer holiday with your child. The following links provide a range of Maths and English resources to support you child and prepare them for a return to school in September.

 

A continuation of reading over the summer is important to develop fluency and comprehension whilst also improving an awareness of varied punctuation and vocabulary. Children aged 4-11 are invited  to join the Summer Reading  Challenge which is available at all Kent Libraries. Full details of how to take part can be found at: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

EYS and KS1

Maths

Maths is a vital part of our curriculum and also an important part of everyday life. Our school calculation policy, showing the progression of operational strategies, is available within the “home learning” section of the school website. The following are simple but key priorities to support your child at home:

In addition to Purple Mash and the PIXL multiplication app, below you will find a range of resources to help support your child’s Maths learning at home this summer:

White Rose are offering free downloadable Maths workbooks, which you can work through with your child. These can be accessed at:  https://whiterosemaths.com/for-parents/parent-workbooks/

White Rose Maths have also teamed up with leading supermarket, Morrisons, to give primary pupils a series of exciting and FREE workbooks to use at home. These colourful and engaging workbooks are perfect for revisiting and practising work that children have covered earlier in the year, or to prepare them for the new school year ahead.

Parents and carers can collect the books from 26 July onwards at any of Morrisons’ network of stores nationwide. All they need to do is to call in at the ‘Children’s Little Library’ in their local Morrisons store during their regular shop, and collect their free copies!

Families are welcome to take one free copy per pupil from Y1 to Y6. The workbooks contain a link to the answers, too.


English

Early Years - Phonics

In Early Years the key focus is on daily Phonics and Reading. As well as the resources on Purple Mash and on the school website, here are a few other links to support your child at home.

You could play this bingo game at home which helps practise phase 2 and 3 HFW https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/hfwBingo/index.html. In Early Years they also sing these tricky word songs in class which the children really enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R087lYrRpgY.

For reading books at home you can use the oxford owl library of ebooks. You can filter this in a number of ways, I would suggest filtering by level and selecting letters and sound phase and choosing phase 2 or 3 depending on the phase your child is working at.  https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=&level=&level_select=&book_type=&series=#

I would recommend using phonics play which has a wide range of phonics games, which the children will be familiar with from their learning at school. There is also a great resource called Mr Thorne does phonics which is a series of phonics videos produced by a teacher that can be used by children to support their phonics learning. https://www.youtube.com/user/breakthruchris. I would recommend looking at the phase 2 and 3 videos. You can find more information about each phase and the sounds taught here http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/. If you need a sound mat to support please email and I will forward one to you.

You may also like to play Teach your Monster to Read which is an interactive phonics game that helps children to play their phonics skills in a fun way https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/. I would recommend starting at the first steps level so they can consolidate skills.

KS1

English is an important part of our curriculum and the following are simple but key priorities to support your child at home this summer:

  • Reading: daily reading, across a range of topics and genres, is a vital way to develop reading stamina and develop a deep understanding of texts. Encourage your child to read something that will sustain their interest and promote their curiosity.
  • Phonics
  • Handwriting: when completing home learning, encourage your child to write neatly, starting letters on the line and joining appropriate letters together. Clear spacing should also be prominent between words.
  • Spelling: spelling is important in allowing pupils to become effective writers. Confident spellers are also more likely to use adventurous word choices in their writing. Year group spelling lists can be found on the school website.
  • Punctuation: all pieces of work should be punctuated accurately with a clear use of full stops and capital letters. Capital letters should be distinctive from lower case letters.

Below you will find a range of resources to help support your child’s English learning at home:

KS2

Maths

Maths is a vital part of our curriculum and also an important part of everyday life. Our school calculation policy, showing the progression of operational strategies, is available within the “home learning” section of the school website. The following are simple but key priorities to support your child at home:

  • Times tables – multiplication facts up to 12x12 are vital and underpin much of the maths curriculum. Pupils should be able to use and apply facts confidently out of order and also use the inverse:                  6 x 4 = 24          4 x 6 = 24          24 ÷ 4 = 6          24 ÷ 6 = 4
  • Calculation - a fluent and efficient understanding of the 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) is imperative in allowing pupils to access maths at a much deeper level and solve problems of different magnitudes. Mental calculation should be used to support formal written strategies.
  • Vocabulary – pupils need to be aware of the key vocabulary and the associated definitions of keywords within questions and problems.
  • Real life contexts – mathematical concepts should be related to real life contexts so that pupils see a link and purpose to the topics that they learn. We can immerse ourselves in maths on a daily basis through simple conversation and questioning:

How much flour do we need in total? How much would we need to make half/double the amount of cakes? What was the total cost of our ingredients? How much does it cost to make 1 cake?

In addition to Purple Mash and the PIXL multiplication app, below you will find a range of resources to help support your child’s Maths learning at home this summer:

White Rose are offering free downloadable Maths workbooks, which you can work through with your child. These can be accessed at:  https://whiterosemaths.com/for-parents/parent-workbooks/

White Rose Maths have also teamed up with leading supermarket, Morrisons, to give primary pupils a series of exciting and FREE workbooks to use at home. These colourful and engaging workbooks are perfect for revisiting and practising work that children have covered earlier in the year, or to prepare them for the new school year ahead.

Parents and carers can collect the books from 26 July onwards at any of Morrisons’ network of stores nationwide. All they need to do is to call in at the ‘Children’s Little Library’ in their local Morrisons store during their regular shop, and collect their free copies!

Families are welcome to take one free copy per pupil from Y1 to Y6. The workbooks contain a link to the answers, too.


English

English is an important part of our curriculum and the following are simple but key priorities to support your child at home this summer:

  • Reading: daily reading, across a range of topics and genres, is a vital way to develop reading stamina and develop a deep understanding of texts. Encourage your child to read something that will sustain their interest and promote their curiosity.
  • Handwriting: when completing home learning, encourage your child to write neatly, starting letters on the line and joining appropriate letters together. Clear spacing should also be prominent between words.
  • Spelling: spelling is important in allowing pupils to become effective writers. Confident spellers are also more likely to use adventurous word choices in their writing. Year group spelling lists can be found on the school website.
  • Punctuation: all pieces of work should be punctuated accurately with a clear use of full stops and capital letters. Capital letters should be distinctive from lower case letters.

Below you will find a range of resources to help support your child’s English learning at home:


Kent Test

If your child is registered to take the Kent Test in September, a familiarisation paper can be found on the Kent County Council website to prepare your child for the testing process: Familiarisation paper

In addition to this, GL Assessment also provide free practice material for parents, including booklets guiding you through administering and marking of a practice test: Free 11+ practice materials