‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’
This last half term has flown by for the Doves, as we’ve really enjoyed learning through our topic theme ‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’.
Our main book for English this term has been ‘The Train Ride’, which has been the basis for our reading and writing activities. We really enjoyed reading the book together as a class, interpreting the events in the story through the pictures, and predicting what will happen next. We were so inspired by the book, that we created our own book of things and people we’d like to see on our own imaginary train ride!
For Drama, we have used the book ‘Whatever Next!’ for inspiration to plan our own journey to the moon! We especially enjoyed deciding what we’d take, creating our own rocket from a cardboard box and telling staff what we’d do when we got there. Many of the Doves had a picnic, while some met aliens! The Doves have shown fantastic role play and imagination skills this term, well done!
We have been learning about people who look after us in our community and road safety in PSHE. We researched about the different people who we can ask for help from in variety of different situations, what clothes they wear, where they work and what they do. We also learnt how to cross the road safely on a pelican crossing, by waiting for the green man and checking it is safe to cross by using our eyes and ears. We completed lots different role play activities to help support our learning within PSHE this half term, which you can see from our photographs!
During Science, we have been investigating forces. Each week we focussed on a different force by completing a series of experiments. We found and sorted objects that were magnetic and non-magnetic within school, and especially enjoyed testing how much air can fill a space within a balloon and predicting how quick it would travel in a balloon race!
For R.E. we learned about the Muslim celebration of Ramadan & Eid ul-Fitr. We listened very carefully what happens during Ramadan and learnt about the important prayers that are said during this special time. We really enjoyed celebrating the end of Ramadan and had our own celebration in class and enjoyed greeting our friends by saying ‘Eid Mubarak’! We also listened to the story of Noah and the great flood where we developed our sense of ‘awe and wonder’, lowering the lights, lighting our candles, and quietly listening to the special story. This inspired us to become very creative in our writing and artwork afterwards.
The staff team have really enjoyed working with and supporting all of the children in the Doves this year, it’s been an absolute pleasure and joy. We wish you a restful summer break!
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
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.