The Penguins is a Class of Early Years Foundation Stage: Reception aged children, and Key Stage One: Year 1 children, who share a learning style that requires a structured environment and daily routine, through which each child can enjoy a personalised curriculum to enable them to gain new skills to take their learning forward. The children take part in daily class teaching sessions and a range of adult-directed activities and both small groups and 1-to-1 sessions activities that build on developing skills and experiences.
The Penguins’ class includes children at different stages in their learning journey and the environment and learning opportunities that the children enjoy reflects and celebrates this. The teacher, Emma Hamnett, along with teaching assistants, Catherine Hunter, Jessica Tupman and Jack Hobson work as a team to support your child to explore the world around them, enabling them to develop independence and confidence as a learner. The Penguins’ lunchtime supervisor, Paula Wright, supports the class over the lunchtime period.
This half term the Penguins have made the transition from many different settings, and we will work together to begin to show a knowledge and understanding of familiar routines throughout the school day. We will enjoy sharing dinnertime together and take part in activities as part of the Kingfisher family such as our weekly PALS afternoon and SEAL and celebration assemblies. This half term we will welcome each other to create the Penguins class, and work hard to become a happy learning team. We will share many new and exciting experiences over the coming weeks, and begin to develop a sense of identity as ‘little Penguins’ and as individuals.
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.