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‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’

This half term we have been learning about change as the majority of the Swans have moved towards the end of their Kingfisher journey and are getting ready for New Bridge.

We have all enjoyed learning about different sensory experiences during our Sensory Story “The Rocket” and exploring lots of different things from space. We have made our own planets, looked at brightly lit stars and space objects and heard some different space sounds. The children were demonstrating skills in making choices, anticipating familiar experiences and exploring and discovering independently.

We have also continued to learn using Intensive Interaction. All of the Swans have continued to respond really well to this approach by initiating interactions, responding to familiar adults, being settled, relaxed and ready to learn at these times and beginning to attract the attention of an adult when they want to interact.

During our Music sessions we have been making choices and demonstrating preferences between different songs using the water spray, material, fans and drums. We have been able to respond to a range of different experiences and some of us have been able to anticipate the sensations!

We have continued our weekly Music and Movement and Massage and Yoga sessions in the MILE Room and the children have been supported to independently move parts of their bodies and copy the actions of adults.

It has been a fantastic year in the Swans class and we want to wish all of the children the best of luck as they move on to their next adventure, whether it is at Kingfisher or beyond!

Have a fantastic summer holiday!


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 focusing on this half term –

  • Give your child lots of different position changes – Which do they like best? Being out on the floor? In their chair?
  • Read a story with your child – How do they respond to changes in your voice or tone?
  • Can your child focus on and follow lights in a darkened room?
  • Do some painting with your child – Do they show a preference for any colour, texture, smell in particular?
  • Let us know how you get on in the home school book  🙂

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


Click here to download our parent guide for this term: Swans – Parent Guide – Trains, Planes and Automobiles