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‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’

During this half term we enjoyed trying to keep ourselves fit and active. In P.E we explored the large outdoor equipment in the Web playground. We tried hard to move around the wooden trail and climb and walk along the wooden climbing frame.

In English we kept ourselves fit by joining in with lots of animal actions during the story ‘Doing the Animal Bop’ and enjoyed making different animal sounds. In Maths we practised our numbers during focused number rhymes – ‘10 in a Bed’, ‘5 Elephants went Out to Play’.

In Art and Design we worked together to create special art work for the ‘Gallery event’ next half term. We cannot say what we did as it is a surprise! We coloured and added feathers to a picture of an ostrich. We learned how to mix 2 colours of paint with a brush to create a different colour – we mixed black and white to make grey. We really enjoyed watching the paint change colour. We then used the grey paint and sponges to paint an elephant picture.

In PSHE during SEAL sessions, we thought about our own and our friends’ feelings. We enjoyed making happy and sad faces in a mirror when shown a symbol and used the symbols to tell an adult how we were feeling. We joined with our PALS partners, the Penguins and Ducks, and further explored these themes by choosing friends to take turns in songs and games, and sharing equipment such as balls and toys. We enjoyed being tickled with a feather to make us laugh and made Millie our puppet ‘happier’ by giving her a hug.

In Science we tried a rainbow colour mixing experiment. We put milk in a bowl and added drops of different food colouring. We then added washing up liquid to see what happened to the colours. The colours were supposed to separate and make ‘swirly’ patterns but unfortunately ours didn’t! In Write Dance we made different marks in dry cornflour. We made quite a mess but had lots of fun. We added water to the cornflour to make ‘Goop’ and enjoyed using our hands to make more marks. We began to use markers to copy adult marks such as horizontal, vertical and circular lines on a white board and to follow pathways on laminated sheets.

Some of us continued to have a great time on our weekly visit to the Donkeys, becoming quite confident when ‘meeting’ the donkeys. We particularly enjoyed riding the donkeys outside. In Cooking and Nutrition we practised our cutting, chopping, mashing, squeezing and peeling skills. We explored healthy options and a ‘rainbow’ of fruits, using a different coloured fruit each week e.g. strawberries, oranges, bananas and apples. We were encouraged to taste the fruits and a second food that the fruit is used for e.g. strawberries and strawberry yoghurt. We used a juicer to make orange juice from oranges. We peeled, chopped and mashed bananas and then made banana mousse. In Shared Play we dressed up in different outfits, hats, glasses, feather boas etc. to make ourselves look good. We enjoyed looking at ourselves in the mirror.


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 –

  • Share books related to the topic – please feel free to send any stories or toys etc. related to the topic into school and we will encourage your child to show and share it with their friends and we will use it/read it with the class
  • Practise topic related signs and use symbols – if you want copies of any of these please let us know
  • Encourage your child to look around and explore different environments, observe the changes occurring in their outside environment – plants, weather, birds etc. – talk about Spring and Summer – old leaves/new leaves; point out new growth – shoots, buds etc.
  • Take your child on a train, bus journey, to the airport etc.
  • Talk about, name the different types of transport they see on journeys in the car or if walking/being pushed around your local area e.g. buses, lorries etc.
  • Encourage lots of play with different transport toys and explore different ways to move the vehicles e.g. quickly, slowly; push, pull, up, down ramps etc.
  • Make marks in different mediums – sand, mud, paint etc. with different vehicles

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: Goldfinches – Parent Guide – Trains, Planes and Automobiles