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Worsbrough common primary Week 6 Home Learning

Tomorrow marks six full weeks since our country went into lockdown.

You have had your children home for the same time now that you would if they were on summer holidays. People will say ‘but they are your responsibility’ and while that is true no-one could be expected to have imagined this period before they chose to conceive.

You have protected, nourished, educated, supported and entertained your children during a period of national and international uncertainty and fear. You have experienced emotions for yourself and your family that you never knew existed, never mind experienced before.

Six weeks is a long time.

Think about how you feel at the end of the summer holidays, how ready you are for routine, how badly your house needs cleaned from children home, how much work you are ready to catch up on. Remember that exhausting feeling of having so little sleep, much less money and hearing ‘mummy/daddy’ every time you happen to sit down.

And you wonder why you are exhausted after six weeks of lockdown?

You are amazing! You have achieved something no other parent ever has! You have faced six weeks unable to take your child or children anywhere, six weeks of no parks, holidays to break up the boredom, no day trips, no family to help. On top of that you have juggled work demands, loneliness on a level never experienced before, information overload from the internet and emotional turmoil of not being able to see people you hold dear. Even getting food to eat has been a major drama!

So it’s ok to feel drained. It’s ok to feel like you would sell your soul right now for five minutes alone. It’s ok to feel uninspired about another day of homeschooling, another day of never ending laundry and cooking.

It’s ok to be so very tired.

Six weeks is a long time.

But you have made it.

Be proud of yourself. Stand tall.

History will show you for your courage, your children will remember this period as a time knowing they were safe and loved and teachers everywhere are deeply grateful that you are there for your children when they should be but can’t be.

In short: you are awesome!

And so are your children. 💕

(Words borrowed from social media)

Today is our second Timestables rockstars day and we have got off to a great start!

We thought it would be useful to go through how times tables a re taught at WCPS. There is a presentation on our website which you can view here.

"How do we learn times tables? Is chanting enough?"

Rote learning isn't enough to help children recall or apply their tables facts and a strategy-based approach is required to allow children to understand and make use of the properties of and connections within maths.

What are the expectations of my child?

EYFS focus on the development of number patterns and repeated addition.

Y1 pupils will explore 2, 5 and 10 times tables throughout the year.

Y2 pupils will be taught 2, 5, 10, with the more able also covering 3 times tables.

Y3 will continue to work on 2, 5 and 10 times tables and also 4 and 8's.

Y4 pupils should know all the times tables – they will need regular practise opportunities and should be able to mix times tables confidently.

Y5 and 6 pupils will continue to rehearse and develop their times table skills using larger numbers.

Over today we held a live festival battle during our Smartie Pants assembly and children have been competing against their class and teachers! We can't wait to see the leaderboard at the end of today! We will tweet it and will be sending out certificates in the post as well as updating our leaderboard red carpet display in school!

Bake with us live

After the success of last weeks bake with us live Mrs Harris has agreed to host another one! Next Thursday at 10am we will be baking Lockdown Rainbow Sprinkle buns live on Facebook. Here is the recipe and I promise this time I have remembered everything!

This is a really good activity you can use to break up home learning tasks.

MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU ART CLUB

Credits:

Created with images by Gayatri Malhotra - "untitled image" • Science in HD - "Fermi"