PrintWelcome to the Goldfinches Class!


‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’

During this half term we enjoyed exploring and playing with lots of different toy vehicles. We have played with cars and a car mat, an airport and a train track. We have learned and tried to copy different vehicle sounds. In English we read the story ‘Down by the Station’ and matched toys, photos and symbols. We learned to name all the vehicles and make the correct sound. Some of us added the repetitive phrase ‘and off they go’ at the end of each page.

In Maths we practised our numbers during the rhyme ‘Puffer Train, Puffer Train’. We learned the rhyme and we each chose a picture of a person to be a passenger on the train. We began to learn to name the pictures as a boy, girl, lady or man. We counted the passengers on the train and found and named the corresponding numeral. We enjoyed blowing a recorder to make the train whistle sound. In R.E. we learned about ‘Noah’s Ark’ and explored lots of exciting things e.g. we used a foot spa to experience the water, which we all found very relaxing. In Art and Design we pushed and pulled toy vehicles in paint and used them to create tracks on paper. We used pipe cleaners in paint to make train tracks on paper and chose a picture of a train from a choice to stick on to our train track.

In PSHE during SEAL sessions, we learned about change and when learning to do something new we enjoyed trying to play a guitar. In Cooking we practised our mixing, cutting, chopping and spreading skills. We enjoyed making dough and used different equipment e.g. rolling pins and our hands to roll it flat, into balls, to pat it flat, to cut out transport shapes etc. We made sandwiches, choosing white or brown bread and different fillings.

The theme in the Shared Play Area was ‘Going on Holiday’ and we practised pushing and pulling suitcases along the corridors when we dressed up and pretended that we were going on holiday. On Languages Day we learned about Spain. We watched a Flamenco dancer and listened to a man playing Spanish music on a Spanish guitar. We made a picture of a lady in a Spanish flamenco dress and used paint to make a Spanish flag. We also made ‘Fiesta Flowers’ with a paper plate and lots of different coloured tissue paper, choosing which colours we wanted to use. ‘Live Music Now’ visited school and we listened to the Trombone Quartet ‘Slidin’ about’ and some of us had the opportunity to practise using a trombone. We really enjoyed Sport’s Week and joined in different sports activities. We all had the opportunity to ride a bicycle around the playground. We moved around different equipment in an obstacle course. We joined in ball game relay races and competed against the Peacocks. We had to run to pick up balls off cones and then run with them and drop them in a big tub. We had a great time at ‘Tug of War’ against the Chaffinches, with each class managing to pull the other one across the line. We really enjoyed the Blue Team Sport’s afternoon and we all joined in really well with some of us winning medals.

We hope you all have a lovely and fun summer holidays. See you in September.


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


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