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‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’

The Flamingos have had a wonderful final half term and the children have continued to flourish and grow.  We are pleased with the progress of each and every child and will take some lovely memories with us.

During our Communication sessions, we have been listening to the story ‘Getting to Grandad Bears’; we have worked very hard using our Communication Books to make new sentences and selecting the foods that we would like to include in our picnic. The children loved using these skills to choose items at our very own picnic!

In Mathematical Development sessions we have been making groups of items considering one other factor e.g. colour or size. We have linked our work to vehicles and also the animals in ‘Noah’s Ark’ with some children enjoying a game of pairs. The children used shapes to design their own transport and cars and did a fantastic job remembering their names.

In Science, we have focused on floating and sinking and studied materials. The class enjoyed choosing materials to make their own boats and tested how well they floated. We linked our vehicle work by testing cars on ramps and balloon powered cars on different surfaces to see which were fast and which were slow. Everyone has had a great time completing their Science work and discovering new things. We loved our visits from the different Emergency Services!

We have continued our Yoga work which has been a very relaxing lesson in the Flamingos. We were disappointed that our visit to The Manchester Buddhist Centre was not possible but we have become Yoga masters regardless! Some children were initiating the poses before they were modelled and all loved the relaxation time at the end.

The children have used the story ‘Noah’s Ark’ to create some beautiful artwork including class rainbow, rainclouds, animals and a wind chime using our threading skills. Also, we couldn’t resist using our cars to create some mark making!

A big thank you to all the Flamingo children for working so hard. All the team hope you have a fantastic year next year!


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 –

  • Playing with vehicle toys and spotting different vehicles when out
  • Look at holiday photographs/postcards
  • Use directional language such as forward, back, left, right and through  Stop and go games/fast and slow games
  • Look at objects that float and sink in the bath
  • Discuss transport and similarities/differences
  • Experiment with paint/chalk focusing on line drawing  Look for old examples of transport
  • Match transport sounds and transport
  • Cook and sample Spanish and Italian food
  • Make marks with footprints and vehicles
  • Focus on Road Safety
  • Look at vehicles used by the Emergency Services

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


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