On Wednesday and Thursday this week (20th and 21st June 2018) we held Dental Workshops led by Sharonne Richards from Ockendon Children’s Centre. The event was open to children and parents in Early Years and Key Stage 1 - we had about 30 families attend over the two days.
The workshops started with a quiz to test everyone’s knowledge about the amount of sugar contained in some everyday foods (that was an eye-opener) and then Sharonne talked to the group about good dental hygiene and the importance of regular visits to the dentist.
The event concluded with the families taking part in a variety of activities including brushing a big set of teeth, painting with toothbrushes, making fruit cups and completing word-searches and puzzles.
Everyone had a great time. They left with a ‘goodie bag’ and the most up to date information about the best ways to protect teeth with good dental hygiene.
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.
In January 2018, 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”