Children

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After school activities

At St John's, there is a range of exciting after school clubs on offer to children. New clubs start throughout the year, letters will be sent home to advertise these. 

For more details please click on the following link.

School Clubs January-April 2020

Please contact the office for more information about clubs or to sign up.

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Phonics

Phonics

At St John's, we use the RWI (Read Write Inc) scheme to teach phonics.

What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics complete literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling.  The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. However, at St John's we will continue teaching RWI to children beyond the age of 7 if they still need support in their reading.

RWI was developed by Ruth Miskin for information see the films for parents and carers.

How will RWI be taught?

All children are assessed regularly by our RWI lead teacher so they work with children at the same level. This allows complete participation in lessons.

Reception

In Reception all children will learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down.

 

Reading

The children:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts – see below
  • learn to read words using Fred talk and sound blending
  • read from a range of storybooks and non-fictions books matched to their phonic knowledge
  • work well with partners
  • develop comprehension skills in stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It' discussion questions

 

Writing

The children:

  • learn to write and form the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds with the help of fun phrases
  • learn to write words by using Fred Talk
  • learn to build sentences by practising sentences out loud before they write 

 

Talking

The children work in pairs so that they:

  • answer every question
  • practise every activity with their partner
  • take turns in talking and reading to each other
  • develop ambitious vocabulary

 

Year One and Year Two

Children follow the same format as Reception but will work on complex sounds and read books appropriate to their reading level. Once children become fluent speedy readers they will move on to Comprehension activities.

 

Five key principles underpin the teaching in all Read Write Inc. sessions:  

  • Purpose – know the purpose of every activity and share it with the children, so they know the one thing they should be thinking about
  • Participation – ensure every child participates throughout the lesson. Partnership work is fundamental to learning
  • Praise – ensure children are praised for effort and learning, not ability
  • Pace – teach at an effective pace and devote every moment to teaching and learning
  • Passion – be passionate about teaching so children can be engaged emotionally.

Children will be taught how to read as follows:

Before you start to teach your child, practise saying the sounds below. These are the sounds we use to speak in English.

Fred Talk

We use pure sounds (‘m’ not’ muh’,’s’ not ‘suh’, etc.) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.

At school we use a puppet called Fred who is an expert on sounding out words! we call it, ‘Fred Talk’. E.g. m-o-p, c-a-t, m-a-n, sh-o-p, b-l-a-ck.

The following video is an example of blending sounds with Fred. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEzfpod5w_Q

The children are taught the sounds in 3 sets.

Step 1:

Set 1 Sounds are taught in the following order together with rhymes to help children form the letters correctly and instantly recognise sounds ready for blending.

Set 1

Sound

Rhyme

m

Down Maisie then over the two mountains. Maisie, mountain, mountain.

a

Round the apple, down the leaf.

s

Slide around the snake

d

Round the dinosaur's back, up his neck and down to his feet.

t

Down the tower, across the tower,

i

Down the insects body, dot for the head.

n

Down Nobby and over the net.

p

Down the plait, up and over the pirates face.

g

Round the girls face, down her hair and give her a curl

o

All around the orange

c

Curl around the caterpillar

k

Down the kangaroos body, tail and leg

u

Down and under the umbrella, up to the top and down to the puddle

b

Down the laces, over the toe and touch the heel

f

Down the stem and draw the leaves

e

Slice into the egg, go over the top, then under the egg

l

Down the long leg

h

Down the horse's head to the hooves and over his back

sh

Slither down the snake, then down the horse's head to the hooves and over his back

r

Down the robot's back, then up and curl

j

Down his body, curl and dot

v

Down a wing, up a wing

y

Down a horn, up a horn and under the yak's head.

w

Down, up, down, up the worm.

th

Down the tower, across the tower, then down the horse’s head to the hooves and over his back

z

Zig-zag-zig, down the zip.

ch

Curl around the caterpillar, , then down the horse's head to the hooves and over his back

qu

Round the queen’s head, up to her crown, down her hair and curl

x

Cross down the arm and leg and cross the other way

ng

A thing on a string

nk

I think I stink

Please do not use letter names at this early stage.

Click here to hear how to pronounce sounds correctly. 

Children will also use pictures for each sound to help recognise the sound and then form the shape of the sound.

Step 2:

The children are then taught Set 2 Sounds - the long vowels. When they are very confident with all of set 1 and 2 they are taught Set 3 Sounds. 

Long  vowel sound

Set 2 Speed Sound cards

Teach these first

Set 3 Speed Sound cards

ay

ay: may I play

a-e: make a cake

ai: snail in the rain

ee

ee: what can you see

ea: cup of tea

e: he me we she be

igh

igh: fly high

i-e: nice smile

ow

ow: blow the snow

o-e: phone home

oa: goat in a boat

oo

oo: poo at the zoo

u-e: huge brute

ew: chew the stew

oo

oo: look at a book

 

 

ar

ar: start the car

 

 

or

or: shut the door

aw: yawn at dawn

 

air

air: that’s not fair

are: share and care

 

ir

ir: whirl and twirl

ur: nurse for a purse

er: a better letter

ou

ou: shout it out

ow: brown cow

 

oy

oy: toy for a boy

oi: spoil the boy

 

ire

 

ire: fire fire!

 

ear

 

ear: hear with your ear

 

ure

 

ure: sure it’s pure?

 

Nonsense words (Alien words)          

As well as learning to read and blend real words children will have plenty of opportunities to apply their sound recognition skills on reading ‘Nonsense words’. These words will also feature heavily in the Year One Phonics Screening check in the summer term.

Step 3:

Children will be introduced to ‘Ditty books’ when they successfully begin to read single words. The short vowels should be kept short and sharp:

Children use sound-blending (Fred Talk) to read short ditties. They will bring these home once they have read and discussed the book in class. 

Within all the books children will have red and green words to learn to help them to become speedy readers. Red words are words that are not easily decodable and challenge words to extend children’s vocabulary. Green words are linked to the sounds they have been learning and are easily decodable.

 

       

 

Dots and dashes represent the sound each letter makes.

Order of Story books: Children will hopefully follow the order listed below. The expectation is that all children will leave Year One as confident speedy readers, ready to take on the challenges of Year Two. However, some children may need extra support, and will carry on with the RWI scheme in Year 2, and, if necessary, in KS2. 

Books

Year Group Expectations

Red Ditty 1-10

Reception

Green 1-10

Reception

Purple 1-10

Reception

Pink 1-10

Reception/Year One

Orange 1-12

Year One

Yellow 1-10

Year One

Blue 1-10

Year One

Grey 1-13

Year One

To help at home:

Your child will start to bring books home when they are confident readers. Please help them to read and give lots of praise!

If you have any other questions about RWI, please see your class teacher.

Phonics Screening Check Year One

What is the Year 1 phonics screening check?

The Year 1 phonics screening check is a short, light-touch assessment to confirm whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard.

It will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support by their school to improve their reading skills. They will then be able to retake the check so that schools can track pupils until they are able to decode.

Further information can be found here.

If anyone has any questions or would like further advice for how to support their child then do not hesitate to come and see your child's class teacher.

The children complete the Phonics screening every year during term 6.

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e-Safety

E-SAFETY (COVID)

Online Safety advice for parents and carers during Covid 19

Many families will be encouraging their children to make good use of technology during lockdown, both for home learning and keeping in touch with family and friends.  Parents and carers will want to make sure that their children are as safe as possible.

Parental Controls

Almost all devices allow parental controls to be set.  These can be adjusted depending on the ages of the children.  They can :-

•   Stop children putting new apps on a device until the parents approve them

•   Reduce the chance of a child accidentally spending money on virtual goods

•   Limit the time that children use a device without having a break

A good starting point is the internet matters website https://www.internetmatters.org/ , go to the SETTING CONTROLS section at the top!

Talking

Probably the best thing you can do to help your son or daughter is to talk to them regularly about how they use technology, which apps and sites they use and who their online friends are.  Some children struggle with online relationships perhaps either sending or receiving hurtful messages.  Parents and carers will be able to help guide youngsters through this difficult area.  If children receive unpleasant messages these can usually be reported and each app or site will have a different way of doing this.

Resources

Below are some resources which children can use to help them understand how to stay safe online further:

EYFS/KS1 - https://www.childnet.com/resources/smartie-the-penguin

                  https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/jessie-and-friends-videos/

6-9 year olds - https://www.childnet.com/resources/video-lessons

8-11 year olds - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/

For parents - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd8ivyiyQi8

 

E-SAFETY

E-safety is an integral part of children's education in today's digital world and is embedded in their learning at school.  We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.

You can download the DofE advice for parents on cyberbullying here

You can access the DofE online parents support website called Parent Info here

It's important to remember that the legal age to have an account on most social media - Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Snapchat - is 13 years old.

At Home

As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves.  It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities.  But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content. 

You can download a simple checklist here that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face.  Or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home.  Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com

  • Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
  • Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  • Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
  • Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
  • Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online

Parent Resources 

To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we've suggested a few internet sites below which are fantastic resources.  They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe.

www.childnet.com

www.thinkyouknow.co.uk/parents

www.internetmatters.org

www.net-aware.org.uk

www.saferinternet.org.uk

www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

Childnet also produce a leaflet for parents which you can download here.  

At School

As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. But because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. 

Every February, the children take part in 'Safer Internet Day', where they participate in activities linked to staying safe online.

Parent Fact Sheets & Guides To Popular Social Media 

Click on the following links to find some useful parental guides to the following social media 

Fortnite

YouTube

Tik Tok (formally Musically)

Instagram

Snapchat

Safer Internet Day 2021

 
St John's are celebrating Safer Internet Day 2021 on the 9th of February, focusing on the theme, ‘An internet we trust – exploring reliability in the online world’. Safer Internet Day inspires a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. The children will be taking part in remote activities during the day, to spark meaningful conversations about online safety.
 
We have created a presentation for parents, in the link below, highlighting how you can help keep your child safe online as well as information on the support St John's provides. Miss Pilkington will be running an open Q&A session to discuss any questions following this presentation on Tuesday 9th February at 4pm via Microsoft Teams (the invite has been sent via your child's Microsoft Teams account).
 
Thank you for your support in improving the online safety of children at St John's.
 

 

 

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The School Council

The school council plays an important role in the life of St John's. It it made up of two pupils from each class (a boy and a girl) who are elected to represent the children from their class at the council meetings. They meet regularly with Dr Cottrell in the staff room and have been involved with many of the recent projects in school.

This year the School Council has been considering designs for a quiet garden around the Friendship Bench. We hope that the project will be completed soon.

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Multiplication Challenge - TTRS

This year we launched a whole-school times table challenge to encourage children to learn their multiplication facts by heart. This is called Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS).

Children complete fun and exciting games/activities according to their ability. Once they have improved their time taken to answer the questions their Rock Star Avatar changes. Can you aim to become a Rock legend? Further to this, the more frequently they play, then the more points they gain to spend on their Avatar.

Helpful resources

Please see the links below for helpful resources for learning times tables. Many further resources can be found on the TTRS website login: play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/62780)

Times Tables Tests

Crickweb Times Tables resources

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Useful websites to help you learn

There are thousands of useful websites to help support your learning at home.

We'd like to recommend that you visit the Coxhoe School website as it has the most amazing selection of resources and they are all organised into different subject areas.

For websites specific to your class that your teacher recommends, please visit your class page.

Other helpful pages:

 

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