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‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’

Our half term topic ‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’ has been fun packed and quite messy! Despite wearing aprons to keep us ‘looking good’ we’ve somehow managed to still get messy (the staff too!) but it has all been worthwhile as we have learnt so much about ourselves and the world through messy play.

In Art we have been learning how music can affect our emotions and how that can be expressed in a painting. In our first lesson we painted a rainbow; we learnt to keep the colours separate by washing the brushes. Some of us opted to use our hands as our painting tools. Each week we have listened to different styles of music, chart songs, religious, classical, relaxing and children’s party tunes. We built up our ‘musical rainbows’ each week by adding to the same piece of work. Some of us reacted very differently to each style of music, choosing to splat the paint, swirl, roll, dab or make handprints, whereas some of us chose to change the speed of our painting depending on which music we were listening to.

In Science we have been experimenting with food stuffs and how their consistency changes by adding different things. Our favourite experiment was making volcanoes. We used ‘magic dust’ (baking soda) and food colouring then when we added the ‘special water’ (white vinegar) we were so excited to watch the liquid bubble up and in some cases spill out over the cup! We were really excited to have our own cup to try it for ourselves. This would be a fun experiment to try at home over the half term holidays – maybe we could show our brothers, sisters or other family members what we have learnt to do at school?

In P.E we have been learning to relax and strengthen our bodies through Yoga with Cath Croke. She has taught us to take deep breaths and to be calm and still. We have then started to use Yoga throughout the day to get us ready for learning. Stretching our bodies and taking deep breaths has helped us to remain calm and focused on our learning.

We have enjoyed learning about Islam in R.E and have studied the 5 pillars of Islam in a way which is real to us. We first learnt about learning and love – we created Kingfisher images and thought about the things we love to learn while we are at school. We used the Yoga mats to achieve the prayer position and explored different fabrics and textures that we could use to make our own prayer mat. This was a very relaxing time for us; the sun was shining and we were able to enjoy the whole lesson in the garden which made us all feel happy. We created art work for members of staff around school and sold it to them- we raised £15 and were able to drop our coins (and notes) into the Big Splash fundraising pot!

Another half term is done and dusted and we’re looking forward to our final half term.


How You Can Help at Home

‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’

The staff in the Starlings’ class are always willing to discuss ways in which you can further support your child’s learning at home, so please do not hesitate to ask us. Please communicate on a daily basis through the home school book which is invaluable for us in class each day.

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 –

  • Count out numbers of objects, for example tins in the cupboards, socks in the drawers, toys on the bed – encourage your child to touch each item and then count
  • Use the terms ‘one’ and ‘lots’ around the house- e.g. give your child lots of bath toys, lots of tickles etc.
  • Read stories with your child, look closely at the images and discuss what the characters are doing. Allow them to turn pages and look closely at the book
  • Look at family photographs and ask “Where is…?” or “Who is this?”- encourage your child to have to look and answer
  • Getting dressed and undressed with more independence. If your child has difficulties indicating that they need to go to the bathroom, request symbols from school which can also be used at home
  • Washing face and hands, cleaning teeth, brushing hair with independence.
  • Using their home communication book which has been provided by school (if applicable) – please ask us if you feel that any additional vocabulary needs to be added to these books or if you need some further assistance in using this at home

If you would like me to prepare a home learning pack for you to complete with your child please let me know. I will stress though that I would not want you to feel pressured to complete a home learning pack by a certain date and I do not want your child to feel stressed or agitated in order for it to be completed.


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: Starlings – Parent Guide – Trains, Planes and Automobiles