Here is the suggested home learning for this week.
Please stay in touch as much as possible. If you have any questions or queries, please contact a member of staff.
Paired Reading is a technique that parents can use to help their own child with reading practice. The method involves the parent who is a skilled reader and the child who is learning, reading a book together.
Every child will benefit from using Paired Reading.
Parents who have undertaken Paired Reading report that not only does the child’s reading improve but that child’s self-esteem has improved, and generally the child is more co-operative at home also. This can be attributed to the quality parent – child relationship that develops as they spend more time together.
Choose a suitable time when the parent and child are going to be in a good frame of mind. Avoid any time when the child is likely to be tired, hungry or irritable. Agree on a given time, five to seven times a week and stick with that schedule.
The child’s class teacher may be able to offer suggestions about suitable books to read. Seek the advice of your librarian when you visit the local library. Allow the child to choose the book if possible.
If you have to choose the book yourself, make sure the vocabulary is suitable, and that the print is clear. Books with pictures are generally best. Don’t worry if the child uses the pictures to predict the text. The important thing is that the child is getting practice at reading and that reading is becoming more enjoyable.
Think about a child learning to ride a bike. In the early stages you give the child encouragement, confidence and control, by holding the bicycle. Your own instinct will tell you when to let go. So you can gradually disengage for longer periods until your child is able to ride without help. The same applies to Paired Reading. It is an ideal way of helping your child to become an independent reader.
Your child selects a book. It must also be suitable to his/her reading level.
After a period of reading together, you are ready to gradually “Let Go”
Topping, Keith (1987) Paired Reading: A Powerful Technique for Parent Use. The Reading Teacher 40,7.
Morgan, R. (1986) Helping Children Read: The Paired Reading Handbook, London,
Methuen N. Moloney, The Road to Reading, A Practical Guide for Parents, C.D.U., Mary Immaculate College, Limerick,
This is the second attempt. After failing miserably to publish this on the school’s YouTube channel last night, here it is hosted on the school website. Once you have seen this, I’m sure you will agree it was worth the wait. The quality of the video editing is exceptional; you would be forgiven for thinking I was in the original Dad’s Army!
I know it is clearly a breach of copyright laws but I hope the BBC will let me off this time.
Remember kids: be original!
Here is the suggested home learning timetable for this week.
As always, please help your child(ren) to do as much as you can; but, do not feel pressured to achieve everything.
The theme for this week is: Victories. This would be a good time to set realistic targets for what work can feasibly be achieved and then take the opportunity to celebrate these victories.
As you may be aware, it is the 75th anniversary of VE day this Friday. The school are asking all children and families to make some bunting (even if it is just one triangle) to celebrate the day. If you can, please take a photo of it with yourselves wearing red, white and blue and send it Mrs Sharred (via WhatsApp) on 07895 359543. She intends to make a video out of it to share with the whole school community so if you don’t want to be in the photo please just photograph the bunting. There is a post on Class Dojo explaining more.
I hope you have a good week and, as always, please contact the school if you need any support.
Earlham library (and many other Norfolk libraries) often have book sales for those that are withdrawn from circulation.
In December, I bought these 20 books for £2. They’re all in really good condition.
Just to let you know that we are always updating the virtual learning pages on the school website. These are resources that children could do in addition to the work that has been set by the teacher.
Staff are posting links to things the children can get on with independently or there are some resources that parents can use to help support the learning.
I would also like you to look at the online safety page and check out the resources there.
Please let me (Mr Dooley) know, via a Class Dojo message, if you know of any other good websites that we could put up on there.
I have separated the links out into different subject areas to make it easier to scroll through and find what you’re looking for.
Open Library lets you access your local library, its books, computers and spaces even while the building is unstaffed.
Just talk to a member of staff and they’ll add the extra access to your library card.
If there’s no member of staff available, give the library a call on 01603 774777.
If you’re under 16 you can’t sign up for Open Library, but you’re welcome to come in to the library during unstaffed hours if you’re with a parent or guardian who is registered.
Open Library is available at Earlham Library
Safer Internet Day is coming up next week. On Tuesday 11th we will be discussing ways to stay safe online.
For more information please go to the Safer Internet Day website.
In the meantime, here are some top tips for staying safe: