It’s difficult finding good quality educational software for young children. There are lots of APPs on tablets and if you’d like some suggestions, speak to your child’s teacher. We’ve been trialing a website called ‘busythings’
Unfortunately it’s a subscription website but it’s had very good reviews from the children so far. The company offer family subscriptions at a fairly reasonable price. Parents can also register for a free 7 day trial.
A few children showed an interest in making binoculars and telescopes so we’ve been busy sawing cardboard tubes to allow the children to stick and decorate their own. As the term unfolds the children are becoming more confident at locating and selecting their own resources to help them with their work.
Every afternoon at 1pm the children have a phonics session which lasts 20-30 minutes. We follow a programme called ‘Letters and Sounds’ which was published in 2007 and based on the ‘old’ Jolly Phonics methods of teaching children to read. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/letters-and-sounds
We start with the letters S A T P I N. Here are some catchy Jolly Phonics songs to go with teaching each letter sound.
The children in Year 1 have been practising their estimating and counting skills. The pupils in Year 1 regularly use a separate classroom called ‘The Web’ which is a quieter environment where they can focus on their curriculum work. In literacy they have been writing lists about what items to take to the seaside.
In the mornings we provide a carousel of activities for the children to work on whilst the teachers focus on guided reading with a group. Four activities are set up in Honeybees and four activities in Bumblebees. Each day we rotate the groups so every child has the opportunity to try all eight activities. Above, one group are making paper plate crabs whilst the group below make patterns with glittery beads.