Penguins

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‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’

What a wonderful half term we have shared together! As the sun has begun to shine, each day has been filled with fun and challenges and some big steps of progress along our learning journey.

In our Literacy sessions we have been listening to and exploring the story ‘Doing the Animal Bop.’ We have been on a sensory journey together to hunt for the animals and listen to the different sounds that they make to create the ‘bop’. We hunted around the jungle and found the Penguins making a ‘crack, crack’ sound using the crunchy spaghetti, the hissing snake using the sprinkle of the rice to make the rhythmical ‘hiss’ sound and the elephant beating the big drum to make their ‘stomping’ sound.

The Penguins have been using different foods to investigate shape – we used square and circle cutters to make shape sandwiches and then we explored the square waffles and circle crumpets and made a choice of chocolate spread or jam for the topping – we really enjoyed eating our special shape snacks.

As part of our Cookery sessions we used different fruits each week to make different healthy snacks. We focused on touching, choosing and chopping our fruits to make smoothies in the blender using the big switch.  We made fruit lollies, fruit kebabs and our most experimental recipe was our fruit spring rolls. By far, the most popular week was when we made our banana pancake wraps – yummy!

This half term the Penguins have joined the Ducks’ class on a visit to Foxdenton Park on Thursday afternoons; the session helped us to develop our physical skills and it supported us to explore our community and also to broaden our experiences and share the social aspect of making the journey together as a team.

We had lots of fun using the play equipment in the park and we also fed the ducks. Well done Penguins – a super start to the summer term!


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 –

English

  • Read the story book ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ – use different musical instruments or objects from around the home to create the sounds from the story
  • Take the story, objects and instruments into the garden with chairs and teddy bears or characters and recreate the story as the characters go on a bus journey
  • Watch and listen to the Wheels on the Bus or different rhymes using websites such as ‘Supper Simple Songs’
  • Take your child on a journey on the bus, tram or train – take photographs and then talk to your child about the journey – Where did you go? What did you see?
  • Make your own book using the images from your journey
  • Share non-fiction or characters books with trains, cars, planes

Mathematics

  • During this half term, the children will continue to develop their understanding of number using cars, trucks and trains – our vehicles will travel over, into and under different numbers – such as using number cards or play numbers in sensory materials such as shaving foam, sand, pasta as the trucks/cars drive in the materials to find the numbers
  • To explore shape – you can use shape cutters to make sandwiches, shape toast and/or cut shapes out of cakes, biscuits and different snacks

Being Creative

  • Use cars, trucks and trains to drive and travel through paint and onto paper to make different tracks and marks
  • Create a big canvas outside by riding bikes and scooters through paint and onto large pieces of paper or onto rolls of wallpaper to create roads

Looking After Myself

  • Focus on aspects of personal care such as brushing teeth and washing hands and support your child to develop their independence and skills

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: Penguins – Parent Guide – Trains, Planes and Automobiles