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‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’

The Skylarks have enjoyed another exciting half term.

In English, we have been developing our manipulation and mark making skills through Write Dance. We have been using lots of different dry and wet materials, such as custard, to make marks in to music. Some of us have been developing control over our hands by regulating our movements and trying to use our fingertips, palms and knuckles in order to make marks in the materials. Others have been trying to over write patterns with our pointy fingers.

In Maths, we have been developing an awareness of where different objects are. We have been searching for objects in lots of different sensory materials and have also been handling and trying to pick up and grasp a range of different sized objects. Some of us have been trying hard to match objects to symbols to tell the difference between everyday objects.

We have enjoyed being investigators in Science lessons! We have been trying out lots of exciting experiments including creating rainclouds with foam, water and food colouring and exploring what happens to ice when we add different materials to it such as salt, food colouring, sand and warm water. We had lots of fun investigating and getting messy in the process!

In Music, we have been listening to and trying to play a range of different instruments. We have discovered what happens when we play them loudly and quietly. We all particularly enjoyed playing on the keyboard and the guitar! In Computing we have been using a blender with a switch in order to make healthy smoothies to share with our friends. We had to work out how, when we needed to, hold the switch down and when we needed to release it. We all enjoyed tasting our smoothies!

We hope you have a restful half term and look forward to welcoming the Skylarks back for our final half term after the holidays.


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 –

  • Read books together and encourage your child to point out or look at specific pictures in the book
  • Talk about the school day using the home school book as a focus
  • Develop using your child’s voice to make simple requests such as vocalising to ask for ‘more’ of their favourite snack, game or other motivator
  • Use toy cars and other wheeled toys to encourage your child to grasp, move, roll and release different objects.
  • Explore the outdoors and listen out for different sounds in the environment talking about what you can hear, see and touch

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


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: Skylarks – Parent Guide – Trains, Planes and Automobiles