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‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’

This half term the Swans have been learning all about different activities to help our bodies stay active and increase independence in our movements.

In Humanities we had held the ‘Swalympic Games’, taking part in a different sport each week and holding a closing ceremony in the last week of the half term. All of the Swans’ class have loved being cheered on and taking turns with their classmates.

In English we have been reading the story ‘The Beach House’ which describes a sensory journey through the Beach House onto the Beach and uses different aspects of the story to support postural management and position changes.

In Science we have been doing lots of different experiments involving water, including what happens to different materials in water, exploring water and different temperatures and mixing water with different colours.

In Maths we have been hunting for numbers in different materials and exploring different kinds of 3D shapes.

We have continued our Yoga and massage story in the MILE Room supported by Cath Croke. All of the Swans have really benefitted from the different atmosphere in the MILE Room and have demonstrated developing awareness of their bodies through massage and movement. We have also continued Music and Movement sessions and made different movements with varying levels of support.

In R.E. we set a calm and reflective atmosphere by changing the lighting and using electric candles, then we explored different aspects of the Creation Story.

Have a great half term break!


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