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‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’

Although this half term has been quite short, we’ve managed to fit in a lot of learning through our topic theme ‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’.

Our main book for English this term has been ‘Shark in the Park’. We practised reading and listening for rhyming words and sounds during the story and we really enjoyed joining in with the rhymes, especially when the little boy thought he had found a shark looking through his telescope! We also made our own telescopes and took them to the Sensory Garden and used them to help us to describe different things we saw. Luckily, there were no sharks!

We have been learning about how to look after our teeth in PSHE. We learnt that we need to brush our teeth to clean the food away and to keep them healthy and strong. We also learnt how to brush different sections of our mouth and practised this on a large set of teeth with a giant toothbrush!

In R.E. we have made an ‘All About Me’ book this half term, which includes things we like and dislike including, subjects and activities in school, toys and food. We have really enjoyed choosing our own photos and pictures from a wide range of resources, especially the toys section of the Argos catalogue! The pages have created lots of opportunities for the Doves to be independent by choosing and showing staff their clear likes and dislikes.

During Science, we have been investigating our senses. Each week we focused on a different sense by completing a series of experiments. We made predictions as to whether we could use only our smell, touch, taste or hearing to correctly identify what was hidden inside boxes. Towards the end of the term, the Doves became fantastic scientists making predictions and exploring their senses – well done Doves!

In P.E this half term we have held our very own Doves’ Olympics. We worked together in teams to complete relay races and have been very competitive when aiming to improve our personal bests when throwing the discus. These lessons have helped to build a lovely camaraderie, cheering and congratulating each other’s achievements.

The staff team wish you a pleasant and restful break and look forward to our next topic for the last half term of the year, ‘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 focusing on this half term –

  • Read and share stories with your child
  • Look at and talk about books with your child
  • Encourage your child to use their communication symbols with you if they have been issued with them
  • Encourage your child to tell you about their day in school
  • Encourage and allow them to try new things independently
  • Discuss vehicles you see when out, discussing and counting vehicle types, colours, sizes and shapes you see
  • Look at different kinds of transport, how they move, what terrain they travel on
  • Look at different places and countries we can travel to. Using photos as a starter of days out or holidays you’ve had together are a fantastic resource!
  • Most importantly have fun and enjoy learning!

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: Doves – Parent Guide – Trains, Planes and Automobiles