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Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1: Learning can be technically fun

The focus this week is on Technology...Discover resources to help you support your child’s use of technology at home...The Year 1 Numeracy Meeting may need to become a ride at Fun Day!… One outcome of the last week’s Coffee Morning is the scheduling of another Moodle workshop.

Last week we looked at writing in Foundation Stage, this week the focus is on Technology.

Mrs Maria in Year 2 is the Technology Coordinator for Foundation Stage and KS1.  Since August she has been working very hard with the teachers to develop our Technology and has brought a lot of fabulous new ideas into the curriculum.

Last week she shared the article below with the Y2 parents, which includes some apps and websites that other children might also enjoy.

Using Technology to Support Your Child at Home

Very often parents ask teachers how they can support their children with school work at home or which websites or apps they can use to practise some of the skills taught in school.

There are many possibilities to support your child at home. The following are some options which we have found useful:

A Maths Dictionary for Kids: This website is a Mathematical dictionary with definitions and examples to clarify different concepts. You can discuss different mathematical vocabulary that your child might be learning in class.

Mathplayground and Topmarks: Two popular websites with a wide range of games suitable for different year groups, related to all topics taught in the curriculum. This is a fun way for children to practice the skills learnt in class, as they will need to put in practice their mental maths while playing.

BBC Bitesize: The ever popular BBC Bitesize website has a lot of information and practice quizzes that your child can review at home.

Maths is Fun: offers clear definitions and visual resources related to all mathematical concepts.

Squeebles Times Tables 2: Times Tables are one of those activities where children sometimes simply need to drill-practice to make sure they learn them by heart. There are some great apps available but we especially recommend the apps from the Squeebles family.

Times tables uk: This is an online alternative where no app is needed and can be accessed from any digital device.

There are some good educational channels on Youtube. If you would like to make sure your child is watching age appropriate youtube videos, we recommend that you create a family account and subscribe to several educational channels.

Math Antics: Covers Maths concepts in a fun and entertaining way

At school we see the iPad as a learning tool, and encourage the children to use it to create content rather than use it to ‘play’ on apps even though they might be educational. But sometimes there is a need for drill-practice type apps, which is why times table practice apps is a good way to improve skills at home. This article might be interesting regarding maths drills on devices at home.

Finally, there is a fantastic website with screen-free ideas on how you can support your child to be more creative and innovative - Stem-Family.

Year 1 Numeracy Meeting

Last Week Year 1 held a meeting for parents to launch the popular Maths Homework Games that students will be bringing home.  Over the course of the session parents were introduced to the intricacies of ‘Snap’, and various other Board Games.  It was surprising how playing the games brought out the competitive side of people that we hadn’t seen before!

Thank you to everyone who came along and joined in the fun and to the teachers and TAs who spent so many hours putting the games together.

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Coffee Morning for New Parents

There was a Coffee Morning for New Parents on Friday.  Miss Alice, Mr Damon, Miss Jane, Mr Bartek and other key Office Staff came along to introduce themselves.  Thank you also to the parents who came along to make this day successful.

Following the coffee morning, it was suggested that we hold another Moodle Workshop.

So, on Tuesday 6th February at 8am, we will hold a Moodle Workshop that will be open to new parents, and also anyone feeling like they might need a refresher.

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