In January, 10 of our Reception families have been taking part in our Once Upon A Time family learning workshops which were run in conjunction with Thurrock Adult Community College. Each session was split into two parts. The first part gave parents/carers tips about how to make storytelling more enjoyable and engaging (Pie Corbett (using actions) / Storyboards / using props etc) and also gave them ideas as to how to incorporate everyday maths and science into their storytelling. During the second half of the session the children joined their parents to make props and take part in other storytelling activities.
Each family left the course with a certificate and folder which included photos of parents and children working together and a reminder of the activities. The feedback we received was fantastic - 40% of the adults said that it should have been a longer course
Some quotes from the feedback forms:
“Lovely to meet other mums…..a nice balance of adult input and activities to do with the children”
“ I learnt new skills……it was great to be able to learn with my daughter”
“The tutor, Rachel, was friendly and helpful……I learnt something new every week”
“I learnt new ways of incorporating fun into my daughter’s learning”
Over the past 6 weeks some of our parents have been working with Rachel Goodall from Thurrock Adult Community College on a course called ‘Keeping Up With Your Child’s Numeracy’. Over the weeks they refreshed their own maths knowledge and learned most of the strategies that the children use in school to add, subtract, multiply and divide as well as looking at fractions and decimals.
As part of the course the parents were given activities and games to play with their children each week which was a great success.