Summer Catch Up Program
Dear Parent/ Carer,
We don’t need to tell you that our children have been away from school for a long time. We know that you will have tried to help your child/ children keep up with their studies but you may not feel you have been entirely successful in all areas or may have concerns regarding gaps in knowledge.
We wish to reassure you that we will all work hard next term to “catch up,” assessing where your child/ children have gaps and assisting them in various ways with a variety of programmes. In the meantime, we offer you the following ideas and programmes to work your way through over the summer holidays.
We recommend that you work on one or more of the programmes below in a way that suits you and your child/ children, allowing you to feel confident in the return to school next term. You may wish to start at the beginning of each programme regardless of your child’s age (ie start at phase 2 in phonics, Year 1 in Sentence work). This way you can work through with speed and confidence until you find areas that need a little more time to explore. You may prefer to focus on the area your child identifies as a need. Or you may know the areas that your child needs to visit. It really is up to you.
We have focused on video and interactive activities, using Bug Club, ESPRESSO and Bitesize. These allow the children short sessions of learning which, hopefully, are engaging and accessible. ESPRESSO has many printable resources. However, practical sessions may be more sustainable and enjoyable for everyone and we have put a selection of resources into a folder to support practical learning.
Early Years, Year One, Year Two and some Year Three children will benefit from working through the phonic system (sounds). The programme simply asks you to work through the programme provided by ESPRESSO, as well as identifying the key phonic sounds and offering appropriate vocabulary provided by “Letters and Sounds.”
This progress tracker allows children from Year One up to focus on key sentence objectives from the National Curriculum. It would provide a great opportunity for KS2 to refresh and consolidate their understanding from the Year One objectives through to their current year expectations, using video and interactive quizzes from Bug Club, ESPRESSO and Bitesize.
We have identified the following strands and guided you to the relevant areas on ESPRESSO and Bitesize:
- Place Value
Recent times have high-lighted the importance of looking after ourselves and each other. Kindness lifts our mood both as the person being kind, and as the person who is being thought of.
Taking care of our own mental health and well-being is important. If we don’t feel good it is hard to concentrate or be motivated and our mood can also affect others around us, negatively and positively. That is why doing things that are kind to others or that we enjoy and make us feel good are so important.
Have a look at the Well-being and the Kindness Nando’s choices. Do as many as you want to or think of your own. See how many times you can make someone smile this summer.