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‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’

The Puffins have enjoyed our final half term this year. We have been learning all about our topic ‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’. We have learnt lots about different forms of transport and what they are used for.

In English we have read the book ‘Barnaby Bear goes to Norway’, where the children have learnt about the country of Norway. We have continued to practise our writing skills and have been practising forming lower case letters correctly. The children have enjoyed our Library sessions, where they got to hear a variety of stories and find out facts in the non-fiction books.

We have been learning about shapes, numbers and time in Maths. In our shape work we have been learning about both 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. In our number work we have continued working on our number recognition, and learning number bonds to 10. Some children have also been working on addition and subtraction sums, using number lines and real objects to help them. In time we have been learning about o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to times. We used simple clocks and made hands out of playdough to show the correct times. We have also been learning about the order of key events in the school day, and the time at which these happen.

In Science the children have been conducting different experiments around forces. The children are still really excited to see Professor Morris who has been helping the children in Science. We found out about friction using ramps and cars, made air cannons and used these to create art work. We even had balloon races to demonstrate how energy can be stored and then used up.

In PSHE we have been learning how to stay safe. We have learnt about road safety and how to follow the Green Cross Code. We have also talked about how to stay safe around different forms of transport.

This half term in Design Technology the children have been making different forms of transport using our ‘real wood’ kit. They enjoyed cutting up the ‘wood’ to create different forms of transport.

The Puffins have continued to work hard and the staff team have really enjoyed being a part of their learning. We would like wish Stefan, Junayd, Hamza and Alex all the best as they move on to New Bridge School in September.

We hope you have a happy and safe summer holiday, and keep up the good work in your new classes next 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