🌞Good morning folks, found this on another page and there are some lovely ideas!
This morning we are looking at STEM? This may be a word you hear in the school environment but what does it actually mean?? 🌞
The term stands for -
So why the big push for STEM??
🧪 As a nation, we have noticed a decline in student interest in STEM-related fields. Students aren’t introduced to these topics or they don’t have time to build competency.
🏗 Children are less likely to be playing with science supplies and experimenting on their own time. Experiments in the backyard with wood, buckets, and cardboard just aren’t as common!
🎲 The job market for positions that require knowledge in these areas is starting to expereince a shortage. Reports and predictions show that computing jobs and traditional engineering will make up more than 85% of the job market.
So why is STEM different to a regular science or maths class??
🖥 The idea behind STEM is to blend the learning environment and show students that you don’t learn these topics in isolation.
🗼 The thinking and methods involved in all of these subjects can be applied to everyday problem solving.
🧫 Finding a unique solution to a problem is enhancing the process of becoming a more innovative thinker.
So how early should children be looking at STEM, isn’t this for older children in secondary school??
🌡 NO - Starting STEM at an earlier age helps children become aware of the different processes needed to solve problems.
🔬 It increases their interest in all of the subject areas and helps bridge their in-school and out-of-school problem-solving abilities.
🧬 It also begins to show them the possibilities for future careers.
We have some fun, simple STEM ideas you can do at home with your child, remember it’s all about having FUN, you don’t need to be a scientist, an expert in technology, an engineer, or a mathematician.
These experiments were made by a fantastic teacher, Mrs Bothma. Please see Mrs Bothma’s Twitter page on @MrsBpriSTEM for some more amazing ideas 👍🏻👍🏻.
Don’t worry your younger children might not understand the complexities of some of the science etc HOWEVER the most important part is it will start to engage their interest 😀.
Try them out and let us know how you get on 🧪🧬🗼🎲🌡🏗🧫🔬📱
A few parents have expressed concerns that their children just want to play. That's great! It's what they would be doing at school and it is a wonderful way for them to learn alongside their favourite people - you!
Through play your wonderful children are practising skills, developing their hand/ body control, memorizing, communicating, sorting and developing ideas and language as well as being imaginative, creative and learning lots of new things. Think about how you can extend their thinking by playing with them,
BUILDING - I know how much many of our children love building with anything from lego to sticklebricks to junk modelling. Can they design a model before building it? Get them to draw their design, label and colour it. They can then get busy creating their model and will love explaining to you how it works. Choose a vehicle or building from a favourite book or film, a trap to catch the baddie from a story or a fantasy place.
ROLE PLAY - Get tour teddies lined up and make up a story to tell them, create a shop using priced up tins out of your cupboard and some real money, or see how big you can create a new town using a train track, farmyard, and lego buildings. Use whatever you have. Add signs, direction arrows, shop signs, a car garage etc. Have a toys tea party, make invitations, decorations, party hats and plan party games.
PUZZLES AND BOARD GAMES - Have an afternoon of games, teach them a card game, do a difficult jigsaw or learn to play a new board game.
Keep the reading ticking over and don't forget purple mash - there's lots to do on there.
Keep well all and stay home
SUGGESTED TIMETABLE FOR THE DAY
9AM Why not start the day with a bit of exercise to get the heart pumping and burn of excess energy? 'Go noodle' is fab for this or try PE with JO Wickes on 'Youtube' for a 30 minute family friendly workout.
9:30 Work on some basic maths skills [ see activities below]
10am Time for a healthy snack and drink
10:30 Read some books together/ or ask your child to read their reading book. It can be a storybook, poetry book or information book.
11am: Practice basic Writing skills linked to one of the books you read [See activities below]
11:30 Practice some phonics or spelling [see activities below]
1pm: Let them be kids!
After a morning of hardwork the children will need time to chill out [and so will you!]
I'm sure they have their own favourite activities but here are a few ideas:
Help in the garden
Sports outside - trampolining, scootering, skipping, dancing etc
Drawing, painting, craft - could link to Spring, Easter or even the books you read earlier. There's lots of ideas online eg pinterest, Twinkl, activity village
Have a family games afternoon, dust off the board games and let the competition begin
Lego buiding [or any other construction kit] again this could link to a book read eg a castle for Winnie the witch or van for Postman Pat or a fairground
Junk modelling - The children love using recycled boxes and tubes to create anything!
Cutting and sticking - a skill that is a challenge for a few of our children so keep practicing.
Read a magazine, comic and draw the characters
TV/ Tablet [1 hour]
IDEAS FOR MARK-MAKING.
Print is all around so help your child to read print around the home. You could base your writing around a book you have been reading or a favourite film. There are lots of things you could help your child to write:
Signs Menus (role play café/take away)
Prescriptions (role play doctor/vet)
Order forms (role play builders)
Food orders (role play café/take away)
Stories and books
Yesterday in class we read the story of Noah’s ark and then painted a rainbow of hope to put in our windows at home (to spread a bit of cheer to those passing by). It would be lovely if those children unable to be with us yesterday could do the same. There are plenty of Noah’s ark stories online, look on YouTube or Twinkl.
Phonics play (a really useful resource) is now free to subscribe to. The children are familiar with it and it is perfect for practicing reading and spelling.
For those of you are self-isolating, we send you our best wishes and hope you are all ok. In class we are finding out about Spring. We have been reading 'Jack and the Beanstalk', planting, drawing and labelling parts of a plant and setting up a garden centre. Next week we will be thinking about Easter and new life. We will talk about the life cycle of animals eg from egg - chick. There are lots of Easter resources on 'Twinkl', just create an account and use the code 'UKTWINKLHELPS' for free access to all the resources.
Please also remember to keep the phonics ticking over too. Reception are working at phase 2 and 3, Year 1 are working at pahse 3-5. 'phonics play' is great for this and although it does cost to subscribe, there are some free online resources.
As the children have made such amazing progress with their reading I am sending home extra reading books - I really don't want all their hard work to be lost! Please read as often as possible. Read anything! If you have access to the internet google free eBooks [eg oxford owl], make your own books using the words on the purple cards.
Can the children learn to spell the words on their purple cards - ask them about 'look, cover, write, check'.
Play board games eg 'frustration', 'snakes and ladders' - brilliant for counting on and number recognition.
All the children have been sent home with a plain book. Please use it to draw pictures/ write about anything that interests you - could be written as a diary [like the Matty monkey book we send home] .
Youtube is a fab resource for learning new letters - google 'Geraldine giraffe', 'Mr Thorne does phonics' or 'Jack Harman songs'. There are also some wonderful songs to encourage counting in ones, twos , learning shape names and maths language.
The children have enjoyed watching numberblocks and alphablocks and these programmes really reinforce all that we have been doing at school.
Now is the perfect opportunity to do all the activities we usually don't have time for at home like baking, painting, junk modelling, dancing [gonoodle is good for this],