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‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’

The Puffins have enjoyed another fantastic half term where we have been learning all about our topic ‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’. We have learnt lots about how to keep our bodies healthy by what we do and what we eat.

In English we have read the book ‘My Body’, where the children have found out about the skeleton and other parts of the body. We have continued to tell stories to our friends, and use pictures to help us do this. The children have been working hard on their handwriting skills, and especially enjoyed writing in sand. We have been practising reading to familiar adults, and are developing our understanding of how books are used both for stories and to give information.

We have continued our learning about number, size and money in Maths. We have also begun to learn about time. The children have been learning about the size of numbers, and putting numbers in order, using real objects to support them. We have looked at the size of different containers and have been working out how much these containers will hold. The children really enjoyed investigating when containers were full and empty using water. In class we have been practising using money in our ‘pop up’ role play shop, and the children could pay for items using 1p coins. The children have been beginning to use rulers to practise drawing straight lines, and measure objects using centimetres. In our work on time, the children have been sequencing daily events, and are beginning to recognise o’clock times on analogue and digital clocks.

In Science the children have been conducting different experiments. The children were always really excited to see Professor Morris who has been helping them in Science. The children have learnt about static electricity using balloons and paper butterflies and friction using cars and ramps on different surfaces. They even made slime and investigated its different properties.

During PSHE lessons we have been learning about how to keep our bodies fit and healthy. We have discussed healthy eating, and why it is important to eat a variety of foods. The children especially enjoyed tasting different types of fruit. They also learnt how important it is to exercise, and have been taking part in daily ‘wake and shake’ challenges.

This half term in DT the children have been making dragster racers using TechCard kits. They really enjoyed this and learnt how we can use an elastic band under tension to make our cars go really fast.

In Art we have learnt about how Jackson Pollock created his famous splatter paintings. We enjoyed creating our own fantastic art work both inside and outside.

The Puffins have continued to work hard and the staff team have really enjoyed being a part of their learning. We are looking forward to next half term when our topic will be ‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’.

The Puffins hope you have a happy and safe half term holiday and look forward to seeing everyone for our final half term of the school year.


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 –

  • Travel on different forms of transport with your child
  • If you use public transport send in any used tickets with your child so they call tell their friends what they have been up to
  • Practise new signs with your child
  • Talk about what they have done at school
  • Share books
  • Look at your child’s library book with them
  • Share your news with us in the home school books
  • Work with your child on their homework pack and reading book each week

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: Puffins – Parent Guide – Trains, Planes and Automobiles