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‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’

This final half term has been so much fun, the most exciting part of the term was our Educational Visit to Eureka. During the visit we had one of our favourite sensory stories, ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’. We had the whole theatre to ourselves so we were able to really explore the sensory trays. Later on we ventured into the ‘house’ and were able to pretend that we were making dinner, washing clothes and watching TV. We enjoyed learning about our bodies in the ‘All about me’ area. We were all so well behaved and we represented our school really well! When we arrived back at school we were treated to an ice cream!

In Art we have been thinking about different ways of travelling, including using vehicles with wheels, walking and going on a train. We looked at the colourful train map and attempted to recreate it by blowing paint through straws to make beautiful patterns on the paper. We added footprints, and pushed cars through paint. As always, our artwork was very effective.

This half term we have enjoyed reading and listening to ‘The Train Ride and some of us have even been singing the train ride song at home. We loved making our own tickets and travelling around school in our ‘train’. We used communication boards to retell the story and have created some effective creative work linked to the story.

Towards the end of the half term we spent time within our new classrooms with our new teachers and our new classmates ready for September. Transition has been a great success and we have all responded well to the changes.


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