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‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’

This half term, the Blue Jays have been learning about the topic ‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’. We have looked at a different sense each week – touch, sight, hearing, taste and smell. We have also thought about our breathing and how it changes when we exercise.

In Maths we have learned about measuring by comparing our heights and have measured things using our hands. We have learnt about sizes by ordering fruit and vegetables and by sorting different sizes of clothes.

We have had lots of fun in Cookery, using healthy ingredients to make bagel pizzas and ‘shape’ sandwiches – our pepper ‘boats’ and strawberry ‘mice’ were great fun to make but probably didn’t make it home in one piece!

The Blue Jays have been out to the Woods every week to use our senses in different ways. We have listened to our breathing after running and jumping, explored hard and soft textures and looked at the Woods through different coloured cellophane. We have played musical ‘hide and seek’ by playing music to guide the seekers.

We have enjoyed lots of lovely stories and have stomped, swayed and swung to the sounds of the ‘Animal Boogie’.

Have a good half term holiday! We are looking forward to more fun learning during our next topic, ‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’.


How You Can Help at Home

‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’

The following activities are suggested as appropriate homework activities which you can enjoy with your child and reinforce the learning we are focussing on this half term –

  • Play a number of board games with your child mainly ones that involve dice.
  • Encourage your child to look at different transportation, counting the wheels, doors etc. You could also discuss colours and how it travels land/sea
  • Share pictures of old and new transportation with your child discussing the difference between them
  • Read or share picture books with your child whenever you have chance. Where possible, encourage them to look at and talk about the pictures and to turn the pages for you
  • Look for different letters and numbers in the environment (e.g. on a visit to the shops)
  • Listen to different styles of music and encourage your child to dance or relax as the music is played
  • Continue to repeat the initial letter sounds of things they use, like, people’s names etc. and draw the letters so they can recognise/match them
  • Let us know how you get on through the home school book
  • Please send your child in with their Library book every Monday so we can swap it for a new one

Sign of the Week

At Kingfisher we use Signalong as a part of a Total Communication Approach, we are constantly using core vocabulary with the children to support their language development and then through each of our topics we introduce new signs and language, which extends their vocabulary further. We also have two “Signs of the Week” which helps maintain and extend key knowledge and skills of everyday vocabulary.

Each half term we will be creating a short video showcasing and demonstrating our ‘Signs of the Week’ for the current term so that you can learn the signs and further this learning at home.

To view this signs of the week for this topic please watch the video below


Lunchtime

If your child has a school dinner, the school menus can be accessed by clicking here. For children who bring a packed lunch, please remember to provide healthy and balanced options. We are a Healthy School and will be focusing on healthy eating and how children can make healthy lifestyle choices.


Click here to download our parent guide for this term: Blue Jays – Parent Guide – Trains, Planes and Automobiles