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18/09/20 – Holbeach Newsletter

15/09/20 – PE Lessons

11/09/20 – Drop off and Collection letter

21/07/20 – Full opening of school in September

Home Learning – Programs to use at Home

At Holbeach we have some fantastic online resources that are available to use at home. Your child has logins for all these programmes, which will support their learning.

Times Table Rock Stars

Make learning Times Tables fun. Times Table Rock Stars allows children to create a rock star character, practise their times tables and the corresponding division facts and ‘buy’ things for their rock star.

My Maths

My Maths develops pupils’ confidence and fluency in Maths through fun activities. There are hundreds of lessons and self-marking homework tasks, worksheets, and games.

Bug Club

Bug Club is the only whole-school reading programme that brilliantly combines an online reading world with fantastic print books, and assessment tools. All children at Holbeach have an account for this fantastic online reading resource.

Holbeach Virtual Open Day Meetings 2020/21

To all parents/carers who will be applying for their child to start primary school in September 2021

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we are unable to receive visitors on site and therefore will be hosting virtual meetings instead.

Holbeach will be holding Virtual Open Days, on the following three dates, where you will be able to experience a virtual tour of the school, meet the Headteacher, find out about the learning ethos of our school and ask any questions that you have about the admissions process.

To join the meetings, you will need to download Microsoft Teams (Click here to download for free) and then click on one of the links below, at the time stated, for whichever meeting you wish to join.

Monday 19th October 2020 (10:00am) Click here to join the meeting

Thursday 5th November 2020 (2:00pm) Click here to join the meeting

Tuesday 17th November 2020 (5:00pm) Click here to join the meeting

We look forward to ‘meeting’ you at one of our virtual Open Days

Wellbeing – Useful guides to ‘Stay Safe and Stay Positive’

The ‘Helping Families Team’ have put together 3 really useful and informative packs to help you to look after yourself and your family.

CONNECTING AND STRENGTHENING

Connecting and Strengthening strategies can help you to meet your child’s emotional needs, increase positive behaviour, recognise your strengths as a parent, and improve your relationship with your child. Download your pack here

PARENTING GROUNDWORK

You can use parenting groundwork to help you to feel calmer, more connected to the present, and in control. Focusing on managing your own emotions first can also make parenting easier. Download your pack here

BOUNDARIES AND DISCIPLINE

COVID-19 restrictions mean it is a particularly tricky time for parents to hold boundaries and manage disruptive behaviour. You may find yourself getting stuck in a cycle of withdrawing from difficult behaviour, or escalating punishments, which can damage self-esteem. Increasing your options for discipline and holding boundaries can help you feel more confident as a parent and increase your child’s wellbeing and settled behaviour. Download your pack here

Don’t let the pressure of parenting get you down. Try these simple tricks and tips

Health For KidsHealth for Kids offers a fun, engaging and interactive way for children to learn about health. Find games, articles and lots more right here.

Creative Calm – A great pack to help focus minds with activities to stay positive.

Childline has a ‘calm zone’, with videos, activities, games, and calming activities to help children who are worried about anything

BBC CBeebies for special needs
Resources and help for children with additional needs from the BBC, including Mr Tumble!

Summer Holiday Experiences and Childcare Information

The Summer Holidays are a great opportunity for you to spend time with your family playing board games, going for walks, day trips, card games, completing jigsaws, reading together and lots more.

Are you looking for childcare ideas this summer? Lewisham Council have put together a comprehensive list here

Take a virtual trip to see some animals

Discover things about our world or the universe beyond

Take some time to appreciate famous Artwork or visit a museum

Try to recreate some Science Experiments or Design and Technology Projects

Have some physical fun or musical fun

Develop Computing Skills Together

Prepare meals by cooking together

Online Opportunities for 2-7 Year Olds

The Government have put together a list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.

These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.

The list includes subject-specific resources for:

Helping children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during School Closures

Please click here for advice for parents and carers of children who have not yet started school.

At Holbeach we have also put together a list of some great resources for your child to use while they are not in school. Many educational service providers are providing free access to resources.

Online Resources across all subjects

  • LGFL Lots of resources can be accessed and in the event of closures  most of these resources will be accessible without a login. Search by subject or key stage. As some resources are designed to be teacher led, a new filter has been added in the subject drop down menu, allowing you to select an option for Home Learning. You can also use key stage drop down to highlight resources that are  are age appropriate for home learning.
  • Busy Things – Fun educational resources especially good for Early Years and KS1. Parents can register for a 7 day free trial or login with the children’s LGFL logins or QR codes and passwords.
  • Twinkl– Free instant access to interactive activities, resource packs, PowerPoints and worksheets across the whole currciulum. Click your year group for some fantastic resources – Nursery Reception Year 1 Year 2
  •  Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS and then visit the Parents Hub.
  • TTS have put together free EYFS and KS1 Learning packs.
  • BBC supermovers – great ideas for learning whilst keeping your children active.
  • Topmarks Early Years and KS1 interactive games and resources across the curriculum.
  • ICT Games – interactive Maths and English games.
  • Newsround – keep up-to-date with the latest news.

Maths resources

  • TTBlast on LGFL – choose your timetables to practise. (Login using LGFL or use without login)
  • Times Table Rockstars – Login and challenge friends or teachers to a Rock Star Battle!!
  • NRICH – Click on the primary hub to access maths problem solving activities for children.
  • Topmarks Daily Ten and other maths games.
  • ICT Games – maths games.

 English resources

  • Bug Club – All children at Holbeach have an account for Bug Club, which is a fantastic online reading resource.
  • Love My Books – This is a great resource to promote the love of reading, with a huge range of high quality books and activities to go with it
  •  ICT Games – reading, handwriting, phonics and writing activities.
  •  Reading Zone Live – authors, writing and poetry
  •  Spell Blast on LGFL – practise your spellings (Login using LGFL or use without login)

Physical Activity Ideas

  • PE with Joe – PE kits on Holbeach! Every morning at 9am tune into Joe Wicks for a half an hour PE lesson designed for children!

Computing Resources

  • Dance-mat Typing skills –this is a great opportunity for children to improve their typing skills.
  • Code Club self-led coding projects using Scratch or HTML/CSS projects.
  • Scratch – For KS1 we recommend Scratch Junior which is a free app on ipads and tablets (but not PC’s yet). You can view these free tutorials and activities to get you started.
  • Code.org You can use hour of code or sign up for a free coding course. These courses are self-led and age appropriate and are brilliant for developing vital debugging skills.

Online Safety

  • ThinkuKnow – a great website to work through age appropriate online safety activities with your children.
  • BBC Own It! – Useful advice and games for upper KS2 children.

Science

 Geography resources

Non-screen time activities

Click here for fun and educational non-screen activities that can be completed at home and support independent learning.

And lastly,  if you are all stuck at home, here is a useful article from Parent Zone with some family ideas on how to entertain your children safely during this time.

Online Opportunities for 7-11 Year Olds

The Government have put together a list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.

These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.

The list includes subject-specific resources for:

At Holbeach we have also put together a list of some great resources for your child to use while they are not in school. Many educational service providers are providing free access to resources.

Online Resources across all subjects

  • LGFL Lots of resources can be accessed and in the event of closures  most of these resources will be accessible without a login. Search by subject or key stage. As some resources are designed to be teacher led, a new filter has been added in the subject drop down menu, allowing you to select an option for Home Learning. You can also use key stage drop down to highlight resources that are  are age appropriate for home learning.
  • Twinkl – Free instant access to interactive activities, resource packs, PowerPoints and worksheets across the whole currciulum. Click your year group for some fantastic resources – Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
  • Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS and then visit the Parents Hub.
  • TTS have put together free KS2 Learning packs.
  • BBC supermovers – great ideas for learning whilst keeping your children active.
  • Topmarks – interactive games and resources across the curriculum.
  • ICT Games – interactive Maths and English games.
  • Newsround – keep up-to-date with the latest news.

Maths resources

  • TTBlast on LGFL – choose your timetables to practise. (Login using LGFL or use without login)
  • Times Table Rockstars – Login and challenge friends or teachers to a Rock Star Battle!!
  • NRICH – Click on the primary hub to access maths problem solving activities for children.
  • Topmarks Daily Ten and other maths games.
  • ICT Games – maths games.

 English resources

  • Bug Club – All children at Holbeach have an account for Bug Club, which is a fantastic online reading resource.
  • Love My Books – This is a great resource to promote the love of reading, with a huge range of high quality books and activities to go with it
  • ICT Games – reading, handwriting, phonics and writing activities.
  •  Reading Zone Live – authors, writing and poetry
  •  Spell Blast on LGFL – practise your spellings (Login using LGFL or use without login)

Physical Activity Ideas

  • PE with Joe – PE kits on Holbeach! Every morning at 9am tune into Joe Wicks for a half an hour PE lesson designed for children!

Computing Resources

  • Dance-mat Typing skills –this is a great opportunity for children to improve their typing skills.
  • Code Club self-led coding projects using Scratch or HTML/CSS projects.
  • Scratch – children can watch the tutorials and practise their skills. They can set up their own accounts with parental permission. For KS1 we recommend Scratch Junior which is a free app on ipads and tablets (but not PC’s yet). You can view these free tutorials and activities to get you started.
  • Code.org You can use hour of code or sign up for a free coding course. These courses are self-led and age appropriate and are brilliant for developing vital debugging skills.

Online Safety

  • ThinkuKnow – a great website to work through age appropriate online safety activities with your children.
  • BBC Own It! – Useful advice and games for upper KS2 children.

Science

 Geography resources

Non-screen time activities

Click here for fun and educational non-screen activities that can be completed at home and support independent learning.

And lastly,  if you are all stuck at home, here is a useful article from Parent Zone with some family ideas on how to entertain your children safely during this time.

World Book Day at Holbeach

Well done to everyone who dressed up as their favourite book characters for World Book Day on Thursday. We had a very colourful and exciting day together.

As well as dressing up, we marked this occasion with a special assembly, a book swap and each child received a £1 book token to spend on one of the special World Book Day books, or they may choose to put the token towards another book of their choice. The tokens have to be redeemed by 29th March, so please don’t forget to use them.

Additionally, we are taking part in the ’Share a Million Stories’ campaign. We are recording how many children heard the story each time we read a story at home and at school in World Book Day month (between 27th February and 29th March). We are keeping a Share-O-Meter in school to keep count of our shared stories.

Reading At Home                                                                                      

Please continue to support World Book Day by sharing a story every day with your children. Let us know how many you have shared each week via your child’s share-O-Meter.

Reading together will make a difference to children’s lives and their futures.

Congratulations to all the Holbeach ‘Big-Half’ runners – You are amazing!!

Congratulations to the 55 parents, staff, friends and relatives of Holbeach children who ran the ‘Vitality Big-Half’ half marathon in London last Sunday. You are all amazing!

So far, these runners, have raised over £7,000 for the school. The money raised will be used to furnish and equip two therapeutic spaces within the school. These will be used to help children experiencing mental health difficulties through play therapy.

Don’t forget! You can still sponsor our runners by clicking the link below.

https://wonderful.org/fundraiser/holbeachrunsthebighalf-399a2077

Times Tables Rock Stars

We are excited to let you know that we have signed up for ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ to help support our children in learning, practising and consolidating their recall of multiplication facts.

World famous rock musicians are the best at what they do because they’ve spent hours practising guitar chords, writing music or playing on the drums. It’s just the same with times tables – all Times Table Rock Stars need is to practice and practice and practice.

It’s essential that your child does a little bit of times table practice every night. Short bursts of daily practise are more effective than spending hours once a week.

Times Table Rock Stars allows children to create a rock star character and then practise their times tables and the corresponding division facts – they are rewarded with ‘money’ and can ‘buy’ things for their rock star. They can see their own progress and compare themselves to other users.

All Holbeach children will soon be given a Times Tables Rock Star username and password and will be able to access this fantastic program on a computer or Tablet at home (just download the free app!) or log in to Times ‘Table Rock Stars’ here

Click here for more Maths info