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‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’

We’ve had a fantastic final half term engaging in activities related to the topic ‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles.’

We listened and responded to the poem/song ‘We All Go Travelling By’ in English and participated in role-play activities linked to going on a journey to ‘The Park’ and ‘The Supermarket.’ Sensory activities linked to these journeys included building towers from food packaging, exploring and making ice creams, catching fish with nets in the water tray and pretending to have a picnic.

In pre-writing activities we engaged in making marks with various vehicles in wet and dry media such as sand, mud, shaving foam and paint. We learned to make up and down, side to side and circular movements using ribbons and scarves and with our hands in the media.

We continued to show enjoyment during our pool sessions in P.E and our confidence in the water has improved greatly. During indoor P.E. sessions we learned to step over hurdles and develop our throwing skills to get us ready for Sports Day.

In Maths we listened and responded to the song ‘Driving my Tractor’ and chose animals to place on the toy tractor and bounce up and down on the parachute. We developed our understanding of prepositions through various songs involving the vocabulary ‘under,’ ‘in’ and ‘on.’

In Cookery, we explored flour and dough and were able to perform actions such as patting, poking and rolling during our weekly ‘Dough Disco.’ We chose a topping for our toast and used a knife, with support, to spread the butter and our chosen topping onto the bread.

In Art, we made tracks using cars, trains and other wheeled toys to create beautiful pieces of work. We learned to make choices about our art work and indicated, through reaching, which transport picture we would like to put on our picture.

We thoroughly enjoyed our Spanish themed Languages Day this half term. We listened to Spanish music whilst making sensory flags and enjoyed using our senses to explore fruit whilst making blackcurrant sangria. We were mesmerised during the performance by the Flamenco dancer and showed our enjoyment of the sound of the guitar.

We have had an absolutely fantastic year and all the children have astounded us with the progress they have made. We hope you have a well-deserved rest over the summer and look forward to seeing you in September.

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 –

  •   Give your child toy cars, trains and other vehicles to explore and play with
  •   Take your child on a bus, train or tram
  •   Sing transport themed songs such as ‘Row your Boat’ and ‘The Wheels on the Bus.’ Encourage and support your child to join in with the actions
  •   Listen and watch transport themed songs on YouTube
  •   Make a picture of a car, bus or train using wheeled toys to make marks in paint
  •   Use push and pull toys 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: Chaffinches – Parent Guide – Trains, Planes and Automobiles