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‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’

The Toucans have had an exciting half term and have been extremely busy exploring the theme ‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’.

In Maths this term, we have been focusing on number facts including number bonds to 10 and doubles to 10. We have been able to use our knowledge of these number facts to solve problems. The Toucans are demonstrating good understanding of grouping objects into small amounts and sharing them equally. We have been able to use our knowledge of odd and even numbers to support us with deciding which numbers can be shared equally. We are getting really good with our counting and are now able to count on and back in tens from any number. We are continuing to add 2 two digit numbers and find the total using different methods including a 100 square or mental methods.

The Toucans have been exploring healthy and non-healthy food items in English this term.  We researched different types of healthy food and discussed the importance of having a mixture of foods such as pasta, cereal and meat. We listed the food items and recorded our ideas by creating posters which we have displayed in the classroom. As well as healthy foods we have been thinking about the importance of exercise. In the Studio this term we have all joined in with ‘Just Dance’. This involved us following the dance movements on screen and staying in time with the rhythm of the music. The Toucans have also started Dance Club on a Thursday after dinner with Vikki – they have responded really well to this.

This term we have been busy with planning a ‘Sports Event’ to encourage other children to participate in exercise. The children have been so enthusiastic with this project and it covered the majority of curriculum areas including Maths, English, P.E, Art and Computing! On the interactive smart board we created numerous tally charts and block graphs to support us with deciding on who we wanted to invite, the location and healthy snacks to include. Once all of the information has been gathered and sorted the Toucans then had to choose which activity they would like to lead in the hall. Following on from this we created posters to advertise the event, banners to display around the hall and most importantly invitations to invite the Ospreys! Leading up to the event we spent time in the hall practising our event and thinking of ways to adapt our activity to make it inclusive for all children. The event itself went smoothly and all of our hard work paid off as the Ospreys and the Toucans had an amazing time!

In Science, the Toucans have been exploring shadows. We explored shadows in the classroom and had great fun going on a shadow hunt around the playground! We set ourselves challenges including can we catch each other’s shadows and can we shake hands with each other’s shadows. We used our observations to answer questions and by creating our own light we knew that changes occur due to our actions; blocking the light. It was fascinating to explore different objects and identify the material. We then used the torch to test which material is the best material to create a shadow. Throughout the topic we have been able to use topic related vocabulary including transparent, translucent and opaque.

In PSHE, the Toucans have continued to focus on growing up and the changes that are to occur as they go through Puberty. The children have responded really well to these sessions and are showing good understanding each week to the topics that are being covered. Although discussions around Puberty are coming to an end, talks around Puberty will still be reinforced in class with all social stories being sent home for you to support your child at this stage of their development. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like further support with this.

In History this term, we have continued to look at changes that are going to happen in the foreseeable future, most importantly the transition of the year 6 pupils onto their secondary school. It is a busy time for the Toucans as transitions have now started with half of the class visiting their allocated school. The children have been very supportive of each other and have been able to share their feelings and discuss similarities and differences. As a class we are continuing to create memorable photographs and write about memorable moments to place in our memory boxes.

 


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