Toucans

toucan 213Welcome to the Toucans Class!

Newsletter

‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’

The Toucans have had an exciting half term and have been extremely busy exploring the theme ‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’.

In English, the Toucans have been busy using sentences with different forms in their writing. We have been exploring statements, questions, exclamation marks and commands. We are developing our confidence to re-read what has been written to check that it makes sense. We have been exploring different forms of old and new transport and recording our chosen ideas in different ways including a tally chart or pictogram.

In Science, the Toucans have been exploring how different forms of transport move. The children have been able to use topic related vocabulary including ‘forces, pull and push’. The children demonstrated good understanding of the fact that some things can be moved by pushing or pulling. They were able to make predictions and record observations.

The Toucans have been creating Venn diagrams in Maths and using their knowledge of these to record information about different types of transport. The children have also been exploring 2D and 3D shapes. They have been able to name the shapes and match them to their properties.

In PSHE, the Toucans have continued to focus on growing up and puberty. We have also been thinking a lot about transition and what this means to all children but in particular the Year 6 pupils. The Year 6 children have started their transition to New Bridge and have responded really well to the visits.

The Toucans have had a super year and have made some brilliant memories! Good luck to all of the Year 6 children transitioning onto their Secondary Schools. We wish you all a fantastic summer!


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 –

  • If your child is in Year 6 they will participate in weekly swimming sessions held at Royton Swimming Baths. Please provide your child with a swimming kit and a towel every Tuesday as we are no longer able to provide spare kits.
  • Each week your child will visit the school library and independently choose a book. Please ensure the library book is returned to school once read. Encourage your child to point out the punctuation present; commas, exclamation marks, question marks, apostrophes, as well as capital letters and full stops. Identify the type of text – fiction/non-fiction and encourage your child to share their personal view of the book.
  • Homework is sent home every Monday and should be completed and returned by Friday. Please sit with your child and support them if necessary to complete their homework.
  • Ask your child to say 1 thing that they have learnt at school that day, this helps your child to structure his/her ideas and offers a good discussion point for you as parents.
  • Solve practical problems with your child involving height, length, weight and capacity. Using a variety of containers fill the containers using different mediums such as water, demonstrating understanding of the terms. Reinforce the vocabulary full, empty, nearly full, nearly empty, half full, quarter full and three quarters full. Ask your child to fill containers to different amounts. Encourage your child to estimate the length & height of items around the house and to check their predictions with a ruler or tape measurer.
  • Discuss the theme ‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’ with your child and together explore different ways to follow a healthy lifestyle. Point out the different food groups when out shopping and encourage your child to name the items and the special function each food group has in helping the body to grow.

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: Toucans – Parent Guide – Trains, Planes and Automobiles