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‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’

All aboard! This term we have been extremely busy exploring ‘Trains, Planes & Automobiles!’ We have really enjoyed looking at different ways to travel. We have specifically focused on cars, trains and boats.

In English we have been reading ‘My Journey Home from Grandpa’s’. We have enjoyed learning the names of different vehicles – looking at photographs and watching videos. We especially enjoyed watching ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’! We have used real objects, photographs and symbols to help with our understanding and have even matched these together – well done Parrots!

During our Maths lessons, we have been exploring shape in more detail. We have enjoyed searching for shapes in sticky goo and matching them together. We have also explored shape using the lightbox whilst we sat in darkness – we enjoyed tracing the edges of the shapes with our fingers as they lit up!

In Science we have explored the seasons – using different areas of our classroom to experience different weather types. We enjoyed smelling, tasting, hearing, feeling and looking at different props that reminded us of different times of the year.

We have had an amazing year full of wonderful learning, fun and exploration. It’s time for some of the Parrots to spread their wings and join a new class next year but we look forward to welcoming a few new faces in September. Have a safe and happy summer!


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 –

Literacy

  • Practise writing your child’s name with them – gradually moving to independent writing
  • Help us to identify different vehicles we might see when we are out
  • Look at pictures of cars, trains, buses and boats – does your child like a particular one?
  • Encourage your child to boost their fine motor skills – can they use their feet to pick up things

Mathematics

  • Continue to practise number sequencing. Can your child draw the number as well as say it?
  • Hide objects and ask your child to find them – ‘The book is IN the box!’
  • Talk about the different things we do in the day and at night time

Science

  • Support your child’s learning by helping them to explore the world around them and the different sensory textures
  • Encourage your child to practise pushing and pulling – maybe visit the swings at the park
  • Show your child how to look after themselves in the warmer weather

If you would like your child to receive personalised ‘Homework’, then please ask via the Home School Book.


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: Parrots – Parent Guide – Trains, Planes and Automobiles