‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’
Well what an amazing last term of the school year, the Robins have had – where did the time go? So much fun with our learning, and lots and lots of special WOW moments along the way.
This term our topic ‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’ has seen us focusing on ‘Thomas the Tank’ and each week he has taken us to a new place.
Week 1 – we explored the farm and had a lovely sensory experience finding pigs in mud, and making cow masks. Week 2 – the Robins visited the café and investigated coffee, cake and cream using all our senses. For Week 3, Thomas took us to Church and we had a fun Art session making stained glass windows and listening to hymns on the iPod. Week 4 saw us at the supermarket, and we had a great trip to Lidl – shopping, exploring all the shelves, then buying some shopping to take back to class. On Week 5 we went to the park, and enjoyed time on the swings and roundabouts in the Moomalade playground, as well as making butterfly biscuits and mark making on duck shapes. Week 6 we visited a Mosque in class and made our own prayer mats, and finally Thomas got us to the seaside and we had an amazing Robins’ beach, where we explored sand, shells and water!
Our sensory story went to the same places and we were very focused each week, exploring props, pressing switches and listening to different sounds and noises.
Cookery each week with Viv has been a favourite session, and we have made sandwiches, pizzas and special tarts to take home to our Mums and Dads.
Languages Day learning this term was about Spain. We made flags, explored Spanish fruits, listen to music from Spain and did some Spanish art work on fans. Another fantastic day of learning which the Robins thoroughly enjoyed.
Sports Day was fabulous and we all took part with great enthusiasm. We played skittles, tried boccia, took part in races, enjoyed different ball games with Steve, and had a try at cheer leading. A fun week which was enjoyed by us all, and we got lots of gold medals – well done!
Soon the term will be finished and we want to wish our leavers – Falak, Nabeela, Paul, Daniyal, Tobias and Khadija, every success and happiness in their new classes; we know we will still see lots of them and we can’t wait to see the rest of the Robins back in September – Tehyah, Ismaeel, Zakia, Yusuf, Alfie, Maryam and Razza, plus some new friends, for another wonderful year of learning.
Thank you for a very busy year of learning and special individual achievements.
Happy hols to all our Robins, both big and little!
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 –
- Sing different transport songs with your child e.g. ‘Puffer Train’, ‘Down at the Station’
- Let them feel sand and water
- Explore different sized and shaped tins, boxes, packets at the supermarket
- Watch ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ on DVD
- Enjoy time out in the fresh air e.g. at the farm, park, seaside
- Visit a mosque/church
- Go to a café
- Have a picnic
- Enjoy a sensory story about ‘trains’
- Celebrate WOW moments, and share them with us
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 the 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.