READING AND PHONICS
Busy Things: Educational games for ages 3 to 9 and SEN. This Busy Things website requires subscription but it’s fab for phonics and lots of other things too! There’s also a Busy Things app 🙂
Letters and Sounds: Lots of games!
Maths at Home – A fantastic new resource on London Grid For Learning (LGFL)
The Maths at home resource is designed to provide support for busy parents that wish to help their child with their mathematical development at home. A video has been made for each statement in the Key Stage Two National Curriculum. Each video is a snapshot of how many schools may teach the particular strand, and also provides examples of how parents could support their child at home. Where appropriate, video content is reinforced with a selection of downloadable resources.
Maths at home videos are designed to feel like they are taking place on a table at home, encouraging communication, conversation and lots of fun while working on them. The video resources are designed to bring Maths to life, highlighting learning opportunities within cookery, play, decorating and gardening. Most importantly, they are designed to ignite conversations between children and parents, and to make Maths a positive and enjoyable experience outside of school.
All children have been given login details for LGFL.
A Key Stage 1 version of the resource is in development with a planned launch of late Spring 2015.
You may have heard about ‘coding’ in the news; this is a key part of the new computing curriculum. In computing terms, a ‘code’ is a list of instructions given to any computer in order for it to perform the desired actions and ‘coding’ is the practice of creating these instructions. KS2 children (years 3 – 6) will use a programme on the school network called Scratch to learn and practice coding. They can also access an online version of it at home at http://scratch.mit.edu/ but they will need your help to create an online account to do so. If you wish your child to have access to this resource, please support them in setting it up and monitor their use of it. The site will give them access to online discussion forums and although Scratch endeavour to ensure that these are safe for children, parents will need to be vigilant and monitor their use. Please ensure that your child knows that if they experience anything online that they are worried about they should speak to you or another trusted adult about it. They should never reveal personal details (e.g. name, age, address) to a stranger online.