Hello P2!

Hello everyone,  

We hope you had a relaxing weekend. It’s good to see the sun shining again. We just wanted to update you with some information for the incoming week.  

Reading  
Some children have been asking how to continue reading their Oxford Tree books. Please see our blog post below where we have explained how to access Oxford Reading Tree books for free online using the Oxford Owl website. Alternatively, you could choose a book on the Epic! Website, which we emailed about last week. The important thing is not what you read but that you keep reading, using your phonic strategies and discussing books. With this in mind, here are a few links to useful resources which might help keep you reading.  

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/ – free books, story-telling videos, top tips for reading with children 

https://www.storyberries.com/ – links to a variety of different styles of writing – including comics, fairy tales and poems 

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/ – informative articles, quizzes and games. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround – news articles, videos, quizzes. 

Numeracy 
It looks like lots of children are enjoying using SumDog to practise their numeracy skills. A few parents have contacted us to say that the questions asked are a little too tricky. SumDog runs a diagnostic test when pupils start to use it to work out the level the pupil is working at. Some questions will be too easy and some might be quite tricky, this won’t last for long. SumDog will figure out what level is right for your child so please encourage them to persevere and reassure them that they don’t have to know all the answers! We will also be setting different maths and spelling challenges on SumDog which will be tailored to your child’s level.  

Mindfulness 
As time is moving on some children may becoming anxious about losing their normal routine and not being able to see friends and family. Here are a few links you might like to use, as the need arises, to help calm and reassure them.  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/joinin/seven-techniques-for-helping-kids-keep-calm

https://www.headspace.com/meditation/kids

https://www.mindful.org/helping-children-embrace-big-emotions/ 

Remember we are here to answer any other questions. We love hearing from you so please feel free to send updates on how you are all getting on. 

Keep in touch and stay safe 

The P2 Team 

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