RCK Star Class 2021 - 2022
Welcome to the Star Class
Mrs King (Class Teacher), Mrs Mehmood (Teaching Assistant) and Miss Williams (Teaching Apprentice).
The children in Star Class have all enjoyed their first half term at Reedley Primary School. We have focused on developing friendships, following our class promise and being confident to talk about needs, wants and interests. Lots of children were excited to tell their new teachers all about their family. We used their discussions to your child’s learning around their interests, so that learning is engaging and exciting. The staff in the Star Class work hard to create a learning environment that provides opportunities for exploration, challenge and achievement. Children have enjoyed using the dolls house to talk about the roles their family have and our role play area.
In Literacy, children have been learning about books based around different homes. Our key texts this half term have been, The Three Little Pigs, Owl Babies and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Children have enjoyed participating in different activities such as retelling the stories with actions, props, hand puppets, spoon puppets and small worlds with figures.
When learning about the three Little Pigs, they were challenged to design a house and then to create different houses using straws and playdough, lego, and lolly pop sticks. We then tested out each house and discussed which material was the strongest and why.
Children loved retelling the story of the Owl Babies using the large book, props and masks. They drew fantastic scenes from the story and told their teachers what happened in the story.
After learning the story, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, children then looked at illustrations from the different You Choose books. Children then discussed how they could change the story. Children innovated their story and changed the animal they found.
In Maths, children have been looking at numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 in depth. Here is some of our amazing Maths learning:
Children explored our workshop area and made pictures of their family and then decorated using a variety of materials such as sequins, wool and shapes.
The teachers are incredibly proud of every child and we celebrate children's learning and behaviour daily. We discuss who we have noticed at the end of each day and award children with a certificate to take home. Please remember to check your child’s homework book each week to discover which sounds children have been learning about in phonics. We will also provide ideas to support learning linked to our topic and information about the learning we will be starting the following week. Please feel free to bring in pieces of work that your child has completed at home with their homework book on Tuesday - we love to share super learning in school and from home.
Please feel free to speak to us at the start or the end of the day. We hope that all of the children enjoy their first year in school!
The Star Class have P.E. with Coach Wall every Friday morning. Please make sure your child has their P.E kit on their peg. We recommend you take it home at the end of each half term to wash. Thank you!
Please ensure your child brings their bookbag in each day so they can take home their learning and letters.
Please note books, reading records and homework books are collected on Tuesday. New home learning is given out on Thursday. They will also have a library book which is something that you can enjoy sharing and reading it to your child, this will be changed each Friday as long as children bring their old book home.
Other Useful Information for Parents
We have found useful links with online resources which are useful to read. They can support you to prepare your child for school, helping them with home learning, develop crucial communication and language skills.
- Please click the following link for useful information about how to support your child with school readiness. www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/early-yearschildcare-and-family-support/family-support/getting-ready-to-startschool/
- Bitesize and CBeebies have some activities and games linked to starting school. Play this fun game it’s all about going to school: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zhtcvk7/articles/znc9vk7
- On the CBeebies website you can watch Topsy and Tim on their first day at school and there’s lots of advice for both children and parents: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/curations/starting-school-curation
- Book Trust is the UK's largest children's reading charity. Their website has lots of ideas for families: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/
- Tom Hardy reads a bedtime story, Don't Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton. It's all about a little crab overcoming his worries with a little
- help and encouragement. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000hs1y/cbeebies-bedtime-stories-753-tom-hardy-the-problem-with-problems
- Book trust has information about supporting bedtime routines. https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/tips-and-advice/bath-book-bed/
- CBeebies have a story time app that can be downloaded for free; https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/apps/cbeebies-storytime-app
- Music activities with young children support their physical and mental wellbeing by encouraging movement and providing a means of expression. The songs on CBeebies music time are varied and fun for everyone. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05532jj
- Try out some yoga and mindfulness to help your child to relax and soothe any anxieties https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
- Characteristics of effective learning – information for parents. https://famly.co/blog/the-child/sue-allingham-characteristics-effectivelearning/
- Hungry Little Minds is a fantastic website which was launched by the Department for Education to encourage parents and carers to engage in activities that support their child's early learning and help set them up for school and beyond. www.hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/
- The National Literacy Trust’s new project, Small Talk, aims to support the language development of 30,000 children under the age of five by equipping parents with the skills and confidence they need to chat, play and read with their child every day. www.small-talk.org.uk/
- Tiny Happy People helps parents to develop their child's communication skills. It offers simple activities and play ideas to help parents find out about their amazing early development. www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people
- Here are some ideas of how you can support your child with their home learning. www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/early_years/
- And another couple of useful websites, which might help… www.easypeasyapp.com/ www.new.phonicsplay.co.uk/
At Reedley we instill a love of reading. Please support us by reading regularly at home. Here are some easy ways you can make reading a part of every day:
- Don’t worry about how long you read for. Every minute spent reading makes a bigger difference than you realise!
- Don’t worry about what your kids are reading: recipes, cereal packets, magazines… It’s all useful! Keep books and other reading materials close by.
- Reading to children of all ages is helpful. If your little one isn’t reading by themselves yet, read with them.
- Ask lots of questions: Who, what, where, when and why and ask them to summarise when you’ve finished.
Tips on doing jobs or playing with your children – the TRUST approach. Here is a tool to help your child think and talk about the world around them. The TRUST approach can be used when you are talking with your child, such as when you are reading, doing jobs together or playing:
- Take turns to talk about what you are going to do. Say things like: “I’m going to wear my red jumper today. What colour jumper would you like to wear”
- Recap the plan as you are working. Say things like: “Why do you think that happened?”
- Use lots of encouragement. Say things like: “What great ideas… Let’s see what happens!” Share what you know to help your child.
- Say things like: “Have you learnt about…at school?”
- Tune-in and be interested. Say things like: “I didn’t know you knew so much about…!”
Here are a few tips for how you can support maths learning every day:
- Board games like Snakes and Ladders or other games with numbered spaces can be great for maths learning. You can even make your own!
- Meals and snack times can be great to teach lots of concepts, like sharing, talking about time, counting how many carrots you have, estimating the number of beans or comparing sizes of potatoes.
- Use maths words in conversation and play. This can include talking about size (“Which is bigger?”), order (“Which is first?”), shapes and more.
- Stories can be great opportunities for maths learning. One great free resource for maths stories is https://www.mathsthroughstories.org/recommendations.html but you can use other books too!
- Use manipulatives like bricks or toys of different sizes or amounts. Measuring items, scales, construction materials, puzzles, sorting and pattern materials are also great sources for discussion! Check out these other resources from the EEF for more helpful tips. Here are some easy steps to help you build a great home learning routine with your child.
Helpful tips for positive behaviour:
- Point it out when your child is doing something right and say well done!
- Talk with your child about each other’s learning struggles and coping strategies. Don’t be afraid to be open about getting it wrong and trying a different strategy.
- No one knows your child as well as you. Speak to your child and trust your judgement about what works for them above any general advice.
- Regular routines help support positive behaviour and learning.
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