Welcome to Falcon Class!
“Belong, Believe, Become”
Thank you for visiting Falcon class website, which we hope you find useful and informative.
The staff in Falcon class are welcoming, friendly and happy which creates an environment, where children feel safe and secure.
In Falcon class we aim to create a happy, caring, safe and stimulating learning environment. By doing this we place the children at the centre of all our teaching, which enables us to meet the needs of each child in everything we do.
Lessons are planned so that children have access to a stimulating, applicable and diverse curriculum. As a school we feel that providing this is will enable them to make progress in all aspects of their learning and development.
Falcon Class Home – School Pack
In the event that your child or family needs to self-isolate and your child is not able to attend school, the Falcon Class staff have put together a pack of resources for you to use at home with your child.
In class we follow a routine of:
Snack & outdoor play
Lunch & outdoor play
If you want to maintain your child’s routine, then you may wish to do something similar at home.
You may want to also use this time to teach your child a like skill such as cooking a special dish, learning how to sew get outside in the garden together, all life skills worth teaching.
Purple Mash – every child has their own log on – it was stuck in their diary a few weeks ago.
Education city – every child has their own log on – it was stuck in their diary a few weeks ago.
You can access age appropriate games for English, Phonics, Maths and Science.
Links to a variety of websites covering different subjects can be found on the Rocklands School website. Follow – Children – Kid’s Zone
Primary Resources - Free lessons plans, activity ideas and resources covering all subjects.
BBC Bitesize has lots of online learning with games to do for each subject and lesson ideas.
Twinkl are offering a month free subscription in light of the current situation affecting education. All you need to do is enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS. Falcon Class suggest that you save any resources that you download onto your own home computer hard drive. Twinkl covers all subjects. There are variety of sequenced lessons plans in different subjects that you can download, which will include the resources needed to support the lessons.
Top Marks has links to online education games for the following subjects; Early Years, English, Geography, History, Maths, Music, R.E and Science.
English, Reading & Phonics
Phonics Play have made it free to access a variety of phonics resources. The user name and password can be found on the link.
You do not need to leave the house to visit the nearest library. Sign up for an online account and download as many e-books as you can read! Just type in Staffordshire library ebooks into Google.
Oxford Owl has free online reading books for your child to read. There are also questions about the book for your child to answer.
At Rocklands School we follow Letter and Sounds to teach phonics. On the website there is a variety of resources and online games that range from phase 1 to phase 6.
Forest Phonics. A great spelling game to practice phonics sound learnt in class. Choose a spelling pattern and you will be prompted to spell approximately ten words using that spelling pattern. http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/literacy.html
Spooky Spellings. A spelling game to learn how to spell tricky words. Choose a year group, then choose bird box to select your word list. Arrange the letters in the correct order to spell each word. The bats will take the letters away when you get it right.
Grammarsaurus has some great FREE grammar resources to download.
White Rose Maths has prepared a series of 5 maths lessons for each year group. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly & simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully.
Maths Worksheets 4 Kids has lots of free worksheets that you can download and print off.
Math Game Time can make learning more fun and engaging. When children play games, they can apply their math skills to new and unique scenarios while building logic and critical thinking skills. They also get a chance to practice math in a way that is fun and appeals to their interests.
Maths from Scratch. On this YouTube channel you can watch videos designed in such a way that you can teach yourself Maths from Scratch! Created by Pro Online Maths Tutor, Rich Glascodine.
Math-drill is a website that offers a variety of free maths worksheets to download and print off.
Math Salamanders is a website that offers a variety of free maths worksheets to download and print off.
Toy Shop Money Game is a game for helping children understand UK money. There are two game modes; the first where children use coins to make up varying amounts to buy the toys and the second where they work out change.
How Much Left? Lots and lots of money problems here where you need to work out change from amounts from 10p up to £1.00.
The Maths Factor will be making their resources FREE for everyone (usually about £2 per week) to support your child and help them to continue learning at home.
Want a challange!? Help to protect Mathematica!
Learn to tell the time with Clock and Brain!
The elite team of Karate Cats have completed their training and are now competing to be maths champions! Join them and earn the bronze, silver and gold cups in loads of maths topics in this new adventure. These cats love to dress up, keep playing to find more costumes for the Karate Cats to wear. Unlock challenge mode and impress Coach with a high score. Show off your new skills and become a maths-champion Karate Cat!
Here is a great fractions games to play. Recognise and find simple fractions. Recognise the equivalence between them.
A great game involving both fractions and money. Can you work out how much it cost for a half, quarter or a third of a slice of pizza?
Mostly Postie! Test your skills on reading scales. Choose how you want to read the scales. For example, is steps of 10 grams, 25 grams or 100 grams. Place the package on the scales and read how much it weighs.
Maths Worksheets 4 Kids also has Science worksheets that can be downloaded and printed off for free.
Mysterscience.com over a range of mini lessons to do which will spark discussions with mini clips and questions.
Little Bins Little Hands. Calling all junior scientists, engineers, explorers, inventors, and the like to dive into our INCREDIBLE list of best ever STEM projects for kids.
Science Kids. Enjoy fun science games for kids while learning more about science and technology. There's a range of free online activities to try with something for everyone whether you're interested in animals, plants, chemistry, biology, physics, space, magnets, electricity, forces, light, sounds, gases or other science related topics. Put yourself to the test by trying to complete as many of the interactive challenges as you can, the games start off easy but will be fully testing your technology skills and understanding of the science behind the game in no time.
Explained with Lego. Explained with Lego bricks is a YouTube channel created by Lego. Each video asks a different questions e.g. How do planes fly? Why do we have seasons? Lego is then used to help explain the answer.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 free STEM resources. Free home learning teaching resources and activities for Key Stage 1 and 2 children including lesson plans, handouts and videos. Engage your child and keep them busy and learning while at home.
Science. Vertebrate and invertebrates. Do you know what the difference is between the two? Watch the video clip and play the game to test what you have learnt.
Science. Adaptation. How have animals changed to live in their habitats? Learn about adaptation and play the game and test your knowledge.
ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children to create their own interactive stories and games. Children snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves -- then use the programming blocks to make their characters come to life.
Hour of Code has a huge variety of coding games that children can use to help them learn all about coding.
Planeta 42 History games to explore and study the past and civilization progress. More than 40 online games to learn history, related to different historical subjects, that may be used for fun, interactive education.
Why don’t you visit the home of Horrible Histories? Here you can watch episodes and clips, play games, and even sing along to your favorite Horrible Histories songs! https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/horrible-histories
Little Bins Little Hands. LEGO® is one of the most awesome and versatile play materials out there.
30 Day Lego Challange
Have you lost your Lego set instructions? Follow the link below to see if you can find them on this website. You can download them to view on your device and you can also print them off ALL FOR FREE!
Play Geography. It’s so important to know the world we live in. But it’s so huge! There are so many countries, cities, flags, rivers, seas and more than 7 billions of people. There are lots of education games to play to learn about the world that we live in.
National association of teachers of religious education
Down Dog. Anyone who wants to do exercise at home can do so. Down Dog are making all of their apps - Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout - completely free until April 1st.
On YouTube you can find Joe Wicks Body Coach. There are a variety of 5 minute sessions aimed at primary school children.
On YouTube there is CosmicKids. On there you can find lots of different themed yoga videos.
Moovlee Yoga & Meditation
5 – a – day dances
PHSE - There is also a section called Cosmic Kids Zen Den. Here you can find a fun series of videos about mindfulness for children. The presenter Jaime makes mindfulness relevant for kids, helping them develop awareness of their emotions and sharing techniques for self-regulation.
Music - Singing Hands UK
List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions
Below is a link to a list of education companies offering free subscriptions. All you need to do is click the link and follow the instructions on that website to sign-up.
Plan Bee is the hive of ready-to-use primary resources for KS1 and KS2, including time-saving lesson plans and complete schemes of work. On the link you can find free home learning packs which include a range of resources that you can either print or transfer to your tablet so that children can draw/annotate on them. They also include instructions and advice for parents about how to use them.
Teachit Primary, along with all the Teachit sites, is offering FREE, UNLIMTED ACCESS to ALL resources. No code, not tie-in, no payment detail required. https://www.teachitprimary.co.uk/coronavirus
YouTube – please be aware of the amount of time that your child spends on YouTube. Also please be aware of age restrictions of certain videos that are posted on YouTube.
We in the Falcon Class hope that you find all of these resources helpful in keeping your child’s education active at home.
The Falcon Class Team
Welcome back to Rocklands School! We hope that you have all had a fantastic time during the Christmas holiday! It has been great to hear all about the children's Christmas holiday. The children have had a great first day back at school. All of Falcon's staff have enjoyed seeing the children back.
Please check the school site regularly for information on exciting trips and activities that we will be doing!
Falcon class now have a Titter page! Here is the link https://twitter.com/class_falcon
Football & P.E
On Tuesday mornings the Falcon class children will be taking part in football lessons, weather permitting it will take place in the football area. Also on Tuesday afternoons the children have P.E lessons. Please can you send your child into school wearing appropriate clothing to take part in these lessons e.g. jogging bottoms, t-shirt and a sweatshirt or hooded jumper & trainers for your child to wear. This would be a great help as it will save the children the time having to get changed at school.
We will be doing football and P.E on;
Tuesday 23rd January 2020
Tuesday 30th January 2020
Tuesday 6th February 2020
Tuesday 13th February 2020
Detectives: Mission Impossible
This term the whole school theme is Detectives. The children in Falcon class will become detectives,
learning different skills and taking part in activities and lessons so that they can beat any mission impossible! Please check the Falcon class website for updates on what the children have been doing!
Falcon class will be swimming this half term. We will be starting on Wednesday 8th January 2020 and it will last for 6 weeks, finishing on Wednesday 12th February 2020. Please ensure that you send your child in with a swimming kit every Wednesday for the next 6 weeks. Thank you!
Wednesday 8th January 2020
Wednesday 15th January 2020
Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Wednesday 29th January 2020
Wednesday 5th February 2020
Wednesday 12th February 2020
Dates for your diary
Friday 17th January 2020 - Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime
Thursday 23rd January – Friday 24th January 2020 - Chinese New Year in school
Tuesday 11th February 2020 - Internet Safety Day
Friday 11th February 2020 - School closes for half term
Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February 2020 Half Term
Monday 24th February 2020 – School re-opens
Tuesday 3rd March 2020 - Whole School 'Forensic' Science Day
Thursday 5th March 2020 - World Book Day
Friday 13th March 2020 - Sport Relief
Wednesday 18th March 2020 - Mother's Day Lunch
Friday 20th March 2020 - Down Syndrome Awareness Day
Thursday 2nd April 2020 - World Autism Awareness Day
Friday 13th April 2020 - Easter Service and Easter Bonnet Parade in school & last day of term
Monday 13th April – Friday 17th April 2020 – Easter Holiday
Monday 20th April 2020 – School re-opens
Procedures for Adverse Weather Conditions
It is the policy of the school to make every effort to remain open whenever possible.
The decision to close the school either before or during the school day will be made by the Head Teacher. The school will only be closed if one or more of the following conditions apply:
1. Insufficient staff are able to come in to keep the school running safely.
2. Conditions on site are dangerous
3. Conditions are considered to be or are anticipated to later become too hazardous for travel.
If the school is to close:
1. The closure will be recorded on the Staffordshire County Council (SCC) website by the Head Teacher. This information will be displayed to the public on the SCC website:
2. Parents/carers who have opted into the scheme will be alerted to the closure using the Teachers 2 Parents Text service activated by the Head Teacher once the closure has been logged with the County Council.
The school will make all practicable efforts to keep parents/carers informed as to the situation with the school during adverse weather conditions, as we appreciate that such conditions and the uncertainty places very considerable difficulties upon parents/carers. However parents/carers are expected to check the website and/or make themselves aware of the radio broadcasts when it is clear that a closure is a possibility.
The school appreciates that during bad weather children may arrive later than normal; parents/carers should endeavour to contact the school to let them know they are on their way if likely to be delayed. The school recognises there will be isolated instances where families are cut off, even where the clear majority of children can get into school. In such instances parents/carers should inform the school of the circumstances of this exceptional situation, as the school has a duty to clarify the circumstances of each case so as to be able to formally authorise the absence to the Local Authority.
Parents/carers acting on the assumption that the school would be closed without gaining confirmation, or failing to inform the school of the circumstances that prevents the child coming into school risks their child being registered as an un-authorised absence.
Where the school is officially closed, all absence is counted as authorised absence.
In the event of the school having to close during the day due to unforeseen worsening weather or similar unforeseen circumstances, parents/carers will be contacted by phone either at home or work and asked to collect their child/ren. Such an early release will only be contemplated in very extreme circumstances.
In the event of snow some pathways will be cleared and salted. Parents/carers, children and visitors will be made aware that pathways, even where cleared, do remain dangerous. Children will also be reminded of this in class.
Before and after school opening hours parents/carers are responsible for ensuring their children do not slide on the premises.
In icy conditions essential pathways will be maintained as clear as possible throughout the day.
On school days where the school is closed to pupils, the pathway will still be maintained during snow and ice weather on a daily basis by the caretaker, so as to keep the pathways clear and prevent build-up of ice and snow.
In the Head Teacher’s absence the senior teacher on site will assume responsibility for making all decisions relating to the Adverse Weather Procedures.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.