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Helping at Home

Dear Parents and Carers,


We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge how wonderful and amazing all your children are! We have had a wonderful year so far watching each and everyone of them grow and develop into the curious little learners they are. As a team we are very proud of them all. 


During the school closure there are many fantastic learning opportunities available to you, that you can enjoy exploring and discovering together. We are keen to continue to support their learning and want you to know that we are here for you. We believe that inputs should be in short, sharp intervals of no more than 30 minutes at any one time so children still retain their spark for learning. It would be beneficial if you could support them with a daily phonics session, videos of which will be uploaded daily under the phonics star. Alongside this it is really important that children are exposed to a wide range of learning opportunities, whether that be yoga, dough disco, Joe Wicks PE, crafts, baking and ending the day by sharing a story together. We will upload ideas and website links to support all of these areas of learning. 


Finally what is really important is that you are safe and enjoying this extra time with your children, please do not feel the pressure to fill your day with lots of written or number tasks. We want children to continue their love for learning with broad, balanced opportunities, learning through play to allow them to learn new skills and to make sense of their world. 


Wishing you all the best, with healthy and happy thoughts at this difficult time. Please do not hesitate to contact us we are always here to support you in whatever way that we can.


Many thanks


The F2 Team :)

Online Resources - Website Links

Home School Links

These are some links to resources and ideas to support you and your child at home. We would encourage many activities to be through play and encourage the development of vocabulary. Try to limit time on ipads and technology and use the ideas to explore real objects and real experiences where possible.


Child led play and supporting your child to grow.

  • Follow your child’s lead & interests.
  • Don’t compete with your child.
  • Don’t take over the play or try to dominate.
  • Engage in role play and make believe with your child. Don’t try to make it real or make sense in an everyday way – be imaginative!
  • Use descriptive comments instead of asking questions.
  • Reward quiet play with your attention.
  • Be enthusiastic.
  • Repeat the game at a later date if your child is still interested. This shows your child that you enjoyed spending time with him/her and value it. It will also embed your child’s learning (e.g. new vocabulary, understanding of the world, maths concepts etc.).
  • Tell your child that you enjoyed playing and learning with him/her.
  • Share the experience with school if you get chance to take a photo and write a sentence about it.
  • Take the game outside if you can.
  • Be physical – run, jump, climb and crawl.
  • Laugh and have fun.


Enjoy the learning journey with your child!