Welcome to Kingsdown and Ringwould CofE School
Dear Parents and Carers,
We are very happy to welcome you to Tiny Tigers class. We are very excited about getting to know you and your child and supporting them as they continue their learning journey at Kingsdown and Ringwould School.
Some information you might find helpful:
Partnerships – We believe that it is incredibly important to build a partnership with you and your child as soon as possible. It is through these strong partnerships that we can quickly gather information about your child’s interests, likes and dislikes and then use this information to tailor their learning experiences within the classroom. You will always be able to speak to a member of the Tiny Tiger team in the morning. We ask you to let us know anything which you feel will have a positive/negative effect on your child and their learning so we can fully support them each and every-day. I also try to be as available as possible after school but ask that this is booked in advance either through the office or by speaking to the member of staff on the gate in the morning.
Tiny Tiger News - We love to hear about your child’s achievements at home too, if your child has amazed you with their excellent learning at home or at an out of school club then please let us know. Your child will get to share their achievements with their whole class before the news slip is displayed in the classroom. Please find some Tiny Tiger News slips with this letter and will send more out each term – if you need any more please ask.
Milk/Snack-time – Your child will be offered fruit each morning as part of a snack time. If you choose to send in a snack can we ask that is limited to fruit, vegetables (eg carrot sticks) or breadsticks. If you would like any more information about suitable snacks please ask a member of the Tiny Tiger team. Your child is entitled to free milk daily until they turn 5, if you would like to your child to receive milk please register online at http://www.coolmilk.com
Water bottles - Please make sure that your child has a bottle of water (no juice please) in school every day so they can access their water independently throughout the day. This ensures that adults are not taken away from important teaching time to supply drinks.
DB Primary – Kingsdown and Ringwould Primary School has a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called DB Primary. Pupils and teachers can access the VLE 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from either home or school. The VLE contains a variety of links and documents to enrich your child’s learning and is a place for communication and collaboration using email and various communities (classes and interest groups) that your child may belong to. It is also a safe and secure place to teach your child about how to use the Internet and web-based technologies safely and appropriately.
Children will develop their use of the VLE as they ascend through the school years, therefore the way your child uses the VLE in Year R will be very different from the way he or she uses it in Year 6. For parents in reception we would like to offer an afternoon session where you can learn more. Details of this session to follow.
Pupils are given a unique username and password with which they can access their pages, class pages, as well as class calendars, pieces of work they would like to share with you, or that they want to work on at home, and documents such as spellings or homework.
For parents, our VLE provides a Parent’s information page, where you have access to school policies, newsletters, events, photos and a calendar. You also have access to your child’s VLE account, where your child can share their learning with you and retrieve useful documents such as homework. This enables you to keep up to date with your child’s learning and progress through each year.
Reading - When we feel the Tiny Tigers are ready we will begin to send reading books home. We ask that you spend time with your child reading their books to support their learning. We ask that you spend 5/10 minutes at least 4 times a week, children who read a lot at home develop the skills needed to become confident readers much faster than those who don’t practice. During term 1 we will run a phonics/reading workshop that offers support and guidance with helping your child to read at home!
Tufty and Stripes – Our class mascots are called Tufty and Stripes. We send them home with a different child each week and ask that you upload some pictures (onto DB primary) for your child to use as prompts when they are telling their classmates all about their weekend. We show the photographs on the class smart board so that all of the children can see and ask questions making it a wonderful speaking and listening opportunity that is valuable for all of the children.
Special Book bag – We send home the special book bag each day to a different child. We then share the story with the class the next day – please can you support your child in choosing a book that can be read in 5/10 minutes (to allow enough time for us to talk about it afterwards). We then talk about any new vocabulary, characters, setting etc they can explain why they like the book and then we ask their classmates to talk about their favourite part of the story. We then make a class ‘Special Book Bag book’ which will be a record of all our favourite stories.
PE kits – Tiny Tigers will have PE on a Friday morning. Please make sure your child/ren has a PE kit consisting of their colour t-shirt, shorts and plimsolls in school; they will be kept in their locker and sent home at the end of each term. To begin with we won’t be changing into our P.E kits and ask that you continue to help your child to become more independent when dressing themselves. Please make sure PE kits are always in school and that long hair is tied up on a Friday.
Termly Drop ins – Each term you are invited to come and see all of your child’s hard work, from 3.15 – 4pm. Look out for dates in the newsletters.
Learning through play – The Tiny Tiger team work hard to provide a safe, stimulating environment that encourages and supports your child to learn and develop. Teaching in the Early Years is all of the things we do that help the Tiny Tigers to learn, including communicating, modelling language, spotting a moment to intervene, demonstrating, explaining, exploring the ideas of children, encouraging them, questioning them, facilitating what they are doing, supporting and challenging them to take the next steps. We celebrate our successes and learn from our mistakes. We do all of this within meaningful play experiences that develop positive learning experiences and lead to the children developing into lifelong learners.
Thank you for your time
Mrs Teall and Mrs Stefaniuk