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‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’

We’ve had a busy half term and engaged in many new learning opportunities and experiences through the topic ‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit.’

We listened and responded to the story ‘Maria’s Ball’ in English where we learned to explore and interact with real objects such as play mobile phones and a hammer. The children explored various balls, choosing their favourite and practised their throwing skills.

We listened to and joined in with the actions of the poem/song ‘Doing the Animal Bop’ and chose a favourite animal from a choice of 2 to explore. In pre-writing activities we engaged in making marks in sensory paint using different tools whilst in the Mud Kitchen. We copied patterns using plastic toy animals in a variety of dry media and used our gross motor skills to make marks with some support.

In P.E, we have been learning to move our bodies in different ways and develop our body awareness during action songs such as ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,’ Row Your Boat,’ and ‘The Hokey Cokey.’ The children continue to engage beautifully in Jabadao sessions, and used equipment to explore various ways of moving with more independence.

We learned to add ingredients to a bowl in our Maths lessons and developed our understanding of quantity whilst making a different flavoured lassi each week. We made a banana, mango, pineapple and strawberry lassi and took turns to use a switch to activate the blender, watching and listening carefully. The children responded well to a new activity called ‘Beat Babies’ where the children listened to the songs and watched as the beat babies were counted, taken away  and made different movements. We will continue this session next half term.

In Computing, we used foot spas and learned to respond when the bubbles came on and ask for ‘more’ by looking towards the adult. We continued 1:1 sessions using the iPad and all children showed high levels of engagement in this activity.

In PSHE, we learned to make choices in the Shared Play area. The children were very interested in the Role Play area, where they looked at themselves wearing different hats, glasses and dressing up clothes. In PALS, they engaged brilliantly in the Robins’ learning environment and made choices about where to play and explore.

In Geography, we used photographs to find where our ‘treasure’ had been hidden around school and with support we found our favourite items in various Outdoor Learning environments such as the Web Playground, Moomalade and the Woods.

We look forward to more exciting learning opportunities next half term during the topic ‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’ and hope you all have a lovely half term.

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