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During these difficult times of home schooling, the most important thing that your child can do, which will boost their skills across all subject areas, is to read regularly.
‘Books give us an escape into another world and feed our imaginations. They give us empathy and resilience.’ Quote on Twitter this week.
If you are aware of elderly relatives or neighbours who are self-isolating, you could set up a time during the day when your young person reads to them via Facetime, Skype or similar APP. This would allow your child to feel like they were doing a good deed but it’s also a fun way of keeping up with the school work.
Please encourage your child to continue to practise the words from the Year 5/6 spelling list (see below). We have also attached some fun spelling activities to try to add variety when learning spellings. Try to do these in short bursts and return to any words that they find tricky to spell, read or understand.
Encourage your child to use the words when they are talking or to use them correctly in a sentence. Encourage them to look up the definition, as well as find synonyms (words with similar meanings) and antonyms (words with the opposite meaning). If you don't have a dictionary or thesaurus, there are many available on line or (if you have one) ask your Smart speaker. ' Alexa what's a synonym for... '
Playing word games are a fun way of developing your child's understanding of vocabulary. They can be played by the whole family and can be great fun. It is really important for your children to have fun during these unsettling times. Word games could include (or make your own up and let us know the best ones):
For example: Player 1: 'Unfortunately I had fallen down the stairs and bumped my head resulting in a large bruise.'
Player 2: 'Fortunately, I was carrying a cushion so it softened the blow.'
Player 1: 'Unfortunately, the cushion got ruined because I spilt a cup of tea all over it.'
Player 2: 'Fortunately, it was an old cushion that I didn't really like any more.'
Player 1: 'Unfortunately, I then had to mop up a whole cup of tea from my new white carpet etc. etc.'
Again you can dictate the story idea and what happens. Children can be creative and you could set them challenges. e.g. to use a particular word in their story.
Most of all, please try to make all learning activities fun for your child. You can do this by being enthusiastic yourself.
What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here: