Girlington Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD8 9NR

01274 493 543

01274 543 874

office@girlingtonprimary.co.uk

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Firstly, THANK YOU parents and carers – you are doing a fantastic job with your children at home! We know this is a difficult and sometimes stressful time, but from our phone conversations and the emails you are sending in, we know that you have settled into a new routine and are helping the children to stay safe, engage with their learning and most importantly feel happy and well during this very strange time.

On this page we have gathered together various information which may be useful.


Email address

Our email address is year2teacher@girlingtonprimary.co.uk

We would like to see at least one piece of the children’s work per week, so please email us a photo of something your child has worked on. You are very welcome to send work in more regularly –it may help to motivate your child if they know their teachers will see the work and reply. We also share photos on the Learning Stars! page, which helps the children feel proud of their achievements.

You can also use this email address to get in touch with us about anything else, and we will try to help out where we can. This could include asking for more information about how to complete an activity, telling us about any problems or to find out about support that is available at this time, such as food parcels or help from our welfare team.

You can also phone the school office on 01274 493 543 to speak to someone directly.

 

Passwords and log ins

All the children should have passwords and log in details either stuck into the front of their purple home learning books, or on a white A4 sheet in their book bags. If you cannot find a log in or a site is not working, email us at year2teacher@girlingtonprimary.co.uk and we can send you the details you need.

 

Managing behaviour at home

Here are some top tips for managing behaviour at home:

  • Children like to have a routine and to know what is happening during the day. Try to keep a regular routine for completing school work, and let children know if there are any changes.
  • Take regular breaks. In Year 2, children will not be able to complete all of the activities in one go. Make sure they have time to relax and recharge in between activities.
  • Praise and encourage your children when they have done what you have asked them to do. Tell them you are proud of them.
  • Children misbehave for a variety of reasons. Make use of time outs (for example 5 minutes in another room away from siblings) to allow everybody to calm down. When they (and you) are calm talk to them about why their behaviour was unacceptable and together suggest a way that they can put things right.
  • Treat every day as a new day and a fresh start.

There is more information about managing behaviour here:

Explaining Coronavirus

A book has been published to explain corona virus to children and help them understand why they cannot do the things they would usually do. It may help to read through this book with your children and talk about any questions they have.

https://nosycrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus-A-Book-for-Children.pdf

 

Mental and Emotional Health and Wellbeing

We know that it is a very strange time at the moment, and some days you or your children might start feeling sad or worried. You may notice your children being more emotional or moody than usual, or having days where they find it hard to concentrate on their school activities. You may even feel the same sometimes! This is okay and the most important thing at this time is that everyone is safe and well – it is okay to have days where you take the pressure off and focus on your wellbeing. Here are some ideas for what you can do if you start feeling stressed or anxious:

Being able to talk to people is really important right now so make use of phone calls, social media and WhatsApp to stay in touch with people you aren’t able to see in person at the moment. Feel free to email us or phone the office even if you just want a bit of a chat!

The BBC Bitesize website has a lot of useful information for parents, from juggling home working while children are at home, to supporting your children’s mental health to even doing their hair!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/znsmxyc

 

Support with home learning

Here is some information that may help you support your children with their home learning.

Maths

Here are some video guides about how to add and subtract on a blank number line. We have practised this method in school and children may need to use it when completing their arithmetic questions on Mondays.

How to add using a blank number line

How to subtract using a blank number line

What are Diennes?

Diennes cubes and sticks are a way to help children imagine numbers.

They are made out of long sticks which mean 10 and small cubes which mean 1. We encourage the children to talk about the Tens and Ones in a number to help them understand what the digits in a number actually mean. The Ten sticks and One cubes can be built up to create numbers, so 21 would be made like this: 

(two Tens and one One)

 

43 would be made like this:

(four Tens and three Ones)

The children are used to drawing numbers in Tens and Ones and may use this to help them when adding or comparing numbers. It also helps them with understanding why 43 is a bigger number than 34, even though the digits are the same.

 

General Maths support

As well as helping your children to complete their daily maths activities, there are many ways that you can support your child to develop their maths skills at home. This could include:

  • Practise telling the time. Ask: What time is it now? What time will it be in 10 minutes? What about in half an hour? This food needs to cook for 20 minutes, what time will it be then?
  • Talk about 2D (square, rectangle, triangle) and 3D (cube, sphere, cylinder) shapes you see in the home.
  • Encourage your child to help with measuring, for example using kitchen scales or a measuring jug. Cooking and baking are excellent ways to practise this skill.
  • Let your child borrow some coins and practise making amounts or finding change. Ask: What coins could I use to make this amount? If a toy costs this amount and I pay with these coins, what change will I get?
  • Letting your child go on numbots regularly will help develop their understanding of number as well as how quickly and confidently they can add and subtract.

 

Reading

Reading has so many benefits for your child, whether they are reading to themselves, reading aloud, listening to a story online or sharing a story with an adult. Encourage your child to talk about what they have been reading. You may want to use questions like this:

Who are the characters in the story?           

Where does the story happen?

What happens to the characters?

Where do they go?

Who do they meet?

What happens at the end of the story?

Which word in the text describes…..?

Give me one word that tells you….
(For example: Give me one word that tells you this happened a long time ago / Give me one word that tells you the character is feeling happy / Give me one word that tells you the house was small)

What does the word …… mean in this sentence?

Why did ….. say ….?

Why was ….. feeling worried?

Why did ….. happen?

How do you know that ………… was excited / happy / angry / sad?

Why was ………… excited / happy / angry / sad?

 

Writing

During writing activities, encourage your child to say their sentence first and then write it down. In school we often use a checklist to help children check that that have included everything they need to include:

Sometimes we ask children to edit and improve their work by reading back through it and seeing if they can spot any mistakes, such as missing capital letters or full stops. Give your child a different colour pen or pencil and ask them to be the teacher and check their own work.

 

Creative Curriculum

We are so impressed by how well children are tackling the creative tasks we are setting. Thank you for supporting your children with this.

We are trying our best to set tasks which are open ended so that children can complete them in different ways. Don’t worry if you don’t have the exact equipment at home, just use whatever you have got available. As well as the actual skills involved in making something, these tasks will also help develop your child’s resilience, creative thinking, problem solving and independence. Give your children time and space to figure out what they want to do and how they want to do it.

It may be tempting to help your child with cutting out but letting them use scissors to cut out accurately will help them to develop their motor control, which helps with skills such as handwriting. Having opportunities for painting, drawing and colouring neatly all help to develop these skills.

Children are used to tidying up the classroom after taking part in a creative project – there is no reason why they cannot help with this at home!

 

If you have any questions or there is anything else you would like explaining, please email year2teacher@girlingtonprimary.co.uk