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‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’

The Ravens have all really enjoyed learning through this topic.

In English we really got into the stories of Supertato by Sue Hendra.  We found out all about Supertato and the Evil Pea and their adventures in the supermarket at night.  We were able to build on our speaking and listening skills.  Some children could find speech for the characters to say and write this in speech bubbles.  Some children could label the characters with their names.  Our sensory story for Supertato was fantastic and really engaging for all the children.  Adam told us the story almost every day and even did the voices for the different characters.

We focused on number sense in Maths and how we understand numbers in all their forms.  We used 1 and one right up to 12 and twelve.  We matched groups of objects to the numbers and number names.  We played lots of active games in Maths which got us thinking about what we know about numbers.  We especially enjoyed using dice to play games.  Some of us were able to use the numicon dice as well.

In Science we focused on experiments that gave us awe and wonder moments.  We completed a different experiment each week.  We liked making a rain cloud in a jar.  We were fascinated by the balloon rockets.  We loved using Alka-Seltzer to blow things up in lots of different ways and made a mess using paints and other materials.  We even enjoyed the hoovering up after our messy learning!

We looked at art work created by movement in Art lessons.  We exploded balloons of paint and then created a spiral effect using a bottle of paint on a tripod – we were really intrigued by the end product in all our art work.

We’ve started to get ready for the now annual ‘Nice Ice Ravens’ in DT.  We have created the posters and taste tested which flavours we want to sell in school.  After the half term break we will be selling ‘Slushies’ to the whole school.  Our mini enterprise should hopefully raise some money for the Splash!

Our music has gone from strength to strength!  We are still using Stomp as our inspiration and now most of the children can copy a simple three to four beat rhythm.  We are moving this on all the time by using other materials like pans with water in them to ‘see’ sound as it is played.

PALS has been a great success and we are well matched with the Blue Jays’ class.  We have been on a visit around the world taking in sports from different countries like basketball, gymnastics and cycling.  We have made some really strong relationships with our friends from Blue Team and have fun every Wednesday afternoon.

Have a wonderful half term break.


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 –

  • The children in the Ravens really enjoy reading Julia Donaldson books – some of these can be found on YouTube including ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Stick Man’. Watch these clips and read some of the books. We are really enjoying the story of ‘Supertato’ by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
  • Make your own superhero potato like this one –   
  • What adventures will Supertato go on? Will he visit the park or have dinner with your family? Let us know in the home school books
  • Please remember to send in swimming kit every Tuesday as we do not have spares any more in school.
  • Spend some real money in the shops. How many pennies do you need to make 5p/10p/20p and can you find them together?
  • Visit a trampoline park – it’s really good fun for all the family

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: Ravens – Parent Guide – Trains, Planes and Automobiles