RJM Owl Class 2020 - 2021
Welcome to the Owl Class!
In the Owl Class we have Miss Mackenzie (Class Teacher), Mrs Khan (Teaching Assistant), Miss Fenn (Teaching Assistant), and Mr McDonald (One to One Teaching Assistant).
Our Learning in School
Reedley Reader's Day
Today the children had such fun celebrating Reedley Reader's Day. All children dressed up as a character from their favourite book. Over the Easter holiday, the children were set an exciting challenge - to create a book nook, to get creative and make a scene from a book they love. There were some wonderful examples brought in by the children in the Owl class. We'd like to say a massive thank you to the children and parents for all their efforts. We hope you had fun and that we have been part of inspiring a new generation of Reedley readers!
The Naughty Bus: We found a huge mess at school and in our garden. We found tracks in the sensory room, corridor and garden. Some children thought they were dinosaur prints but on closer inspection, we realised they looked like wheels! It was the Naughty Bus! Children retold the story then had lots of fun innovating the story, changing the main character and setting.
Whatever Next! Children enjoyed making predictions about where Baby Bear would go and what kind of transport he’d turn his cardboard box into. Children used the book 'You Choose' to discuss transport they were unfamiliar with. We enjoyed retelling this story. Children then changed the transport and where Baby Bear was flying to using their phonics knowledge.
Transport: We have been learning about transport and have been using the new vocabulary we have learnt in our play. Ask your child to tell you about these forms of transport and if they travel in the air/land/water?
We're Going on a Bear Hunt: The children have really enjoyed retelling the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. Please go on your Target Tracker observations to watch your child perform the 'Talk for Writing Actions' as they tell the story.
Owl Babies and Ourselves: The Owl class loved reading and acting out the story 'Owl Babies' and learning that 1 + 1 = 2 and 2 = 1 + 1. The children have also been answering our key questions 'Who lives in your house?' and 'What can I do now, that I couldn't as a baby?'.
Listening and Attention Games: We have been having lots of fun in school playing games inside and outside which have been helping us to build our listening and attention skills.
Transition: The Owl class have been becoming familiar with our school routine.
Please ensure your child brings in their clean water bottle each morning.
Children will need to have their school book bag every Tuesday and Friday. They will be given a new reading book linked to their phonics ability on Friday. They will also be given a library book which is something that you can enjoy sharing with your child. These books will be collected every Tuesday, kept at school for 72 hours and then changed ready for your child on Friday afternoon.
Home learning will be set on a Friday on our class page.
We have found useful links with on-line 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.
If you scroll to the bottom of the page please click on 'Suzie goes to School'. This is a story that may help your child gain a better understanding of what to expect when they start school. Enjoy reading it together!
Bitesize and CBeebies have some activities and games linked to starting school; Play this fun game it’s all about going to school:
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:
Book Trust is the UK's largest children's reading charity. Their website has lots of ideas for families:
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
Book trust has information about supporting bedtime routines
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
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.
Here are some ideas of how you can support your child with their home learning:
Materials will be available shortly via the following link. www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/early_years/ And below 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.
· 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
Miss Mackenzie (Early Years Foundation Stage Lead)
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