Welcome to Kingsdown and Ringwould CofE School
Dear Parents and Carers,
We are very happy to welcome you to Tiny Tigers class. We are all very excited about getting to know you and your child and supporting them as they begin their learning journey at Kingsdown and Ringwould School. Please keep this letter in a safe place and refer to it throughout the year!
A few bits of information for you:
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 and next steps 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 look out for Tiny Tiger News slips in your child’s book bag and please ask if you need any more.
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 please ensure it is a fruit or vegetable. 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 we are also helping the environment by not using single use plastics in the classroom.
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. We will talk about DB primary at the Phonics and Early Reading workshop – details below)
Pupils and parents are given a unique username and password with which they can access their class page, 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.
Our VLE provides a Parent’s information page, where you will 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. Tiny Tigers will be awarded team points for their reading efforts and each term the winning team will earn an extra playtime! We offer an Early Reading Workshop. Phonics and DB Primary workshop this year it will be at 2pm on Wednesday 8th October – it is worth coming along to see how we teach phonics and early reading in the Tiny Tigers class.
Tufty, Stripes and Tickles– Our class mascots are called Tufty, Stripes and Tickles. 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.
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 full P.E kits (they will initially just change their footwear) 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 opportunities that develop positive learning experiences and lead to the children developing into lifelong learners.
If you have any further questions, please speak to a member of the Tiny Tiger Team
Thank you for your time
Tiny Tigers Class 2019 - Terms 1 and 2
The children will be involved in activities that will support their learning and development across all areas of the curriculum. Each term I will write to you to let you know what your child will be learning in class and suggest some ways in which you can help at home.
During the first 2 terms our priority will be to develop relationships with your Tiny Tiger as they settle into their new classroom environment. We will also spend time with them exploring what they already know and beginning to plan the next steps in their learning.
Communication and Language
- Listening games to develop phonic skills
- Talking in a small groups
- Joining in with rhyming activities
- Using talk to extend play
Activities at home - Have ‘chat times’ where your child gets to lead the talk, visit the local library, make up stories together.
- Balancing whilst moving around on uneven or unstable surfaces
- Controlling movements such as judging how hard or soft to throw a ball or control the body when running, stopping, climbing and balancing
- Co-ordination for climbing, crawling and using ride on toys and trikes
- Muscle/body strength for pushing, pulling and carrying
- Body awareness to go under, through and between obstacles or play equipment
- Eye hand or eye foot co-ordination for throwing, catching, kicking and hitting a ball
- Manipulating a range of different tools such as paint brushes, and play dough moulds
- Learning to travel in different ways including jumping, crawling, hopping and sliding
- Learning how to use tools and operate safely within the school setting
- Learning how to change for PE
- Engaging with simple hygiene routines such as washing their hands before lunch and after using the toilet.
Activities at Home - Remind your child about the importance of washing their hands, encourage your child to dress themselves for school, visit local parks.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding classroom routines and boundaries
- Making new friends
- Circle games and collaborative play opportunities
- Learning how we look after our classroom
- Learning how to be a good listener at circle time.
- Trying new activities
Activities at home - Play games that require turn taking and discuss the rules. Children need to learn to follow rules and how to win and lose
- Engaging with mark making in role play (children to choose what the role play area will become)
- Answering simple questions about events in a story and talking about how the character might feel
- Reading a few familiar words
- Recognising and writing their name
- Making labels for models they have made
- Daily phonics sessions
Activities at Home - Spend 5/10 minutes reading a book with your child as regularly as you can, play “I spy” with sounds.
- Counting objects e.g. how many can they find?
- Comparing different sized items and talking about their ideas
- Singing number songs
- Recognising and ordering numbers up to 10
- Counting to 20
- Counting to 20 from any given number
- Recognise some numbers to 20
- Counting objects – saying one number for each object.
- Ordering numbers to 10 then 20
- Positional language; in front, behind, next to, inside, on top, between.
Activities at Home - Encourage your child to compare the size of different items by asking questions such as ‘Which toy is the heaviest/tallest?’
Understanding the World and RE
- Talking about significant events from their past
- Identifying how they have changed since they were babies
- Using electronic equipment such as the interactive whiteboard, digital cameras
and CD player.
- Listening to stories about Jesus.
- Celebrating Harvest Festival.
Activities at Home - Look at pictures of your child and other family members as babies and talk about past birthdays and special family events
Expressive Arts and Design
- Painting self portraits
- Using painting techniques to make a tiger
- Listening to music and introducing musical instruments
- Exploring tools that can be used for creating
- Uses available resources to create props to support role-play.
- Plays cooperatively as part of a group to develop and act out a narrative.
Activities at Home - Listen to music with your child and encourage them to talk about what they like or dislike about it. Encourage your child to draw themselves or family members.
The Tiny Tiger Team.
(Mrs Teall, Mrs Forsyth and Mrs Stefaniuk.)