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‘Trains Planes and Automobiles’

The Canaries have had a brilliant last half term of the year!

We have been taking part in lots of topic based, cross-curricular activities, which the children have responded so well to.  In these topic lessons, we have been exploring transport and using this theme to enable us to develop a wide range of skills.  For example, we have been developing cause and effect, and programing skills, using remote controlled cars and Beebots.  This activity has also enabled us to develop our communication skills by listening and responding to instructions, and expressing our preferences.

We have been using a range of vehicles to develop our mark making and gross motor skills by rolling paint dipped cars down a ramp and watching the marks that have been made.  Some children have been overwriting and independently writing numbers, letters and shapes.

Our Drama lessons have focused on ‘journeys’, and over the weeks we have ‘visited’ lots of exciting places, such as space!  Our signing story has been ‘The Big Blue Train’ which is all about animals going by train to a picnic party on the beach.  We recreated the story by firstly making our own big blue train in Art, with the children working hard to follow instructions to paint the large cardboard boxes.  Once dried, we then developed our turn taking skills when riding on the train, such as by sharing the responsibility of ‘driving’ it to the studio, and back again.  In Cookery we made picnic food, developing our spreading skills when adding toppings to sandwiches and crackers.  We tasted some during the session and then saved some to enjoy in our picnic in the Studio later that day.

The Canaries have had a wonderful year!  They have all worked so very hard and have been a pleasure to teach.  The class team hope that you have a restful and enjoyable summer.


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 –

  • We are working on fine motor skills development, and self-help skills. Please encourage your child to fasten their own coat, attempt to fasten buttons, close the Velcro on their shoes etc.
  • Look at books with your child, ask them questions about the pictures, encourage them to name features in the pictures etc.
  • Practise counting with your child – sing number songs, encouraging your child to join in
  • Practise the signs on the school website with your child

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


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 focussing on healthy eating and how children can make healthy lifestyle choices.

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