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‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’

The Woodpeckers have had a fantastic half term!

During our Cookery sessions we have been travelling the world using different modes of transport. We hopped onto a train down to Cornwall to taste some Cornish pasties, we caught a ferry to France to try some baguettes, cheese and croissants then we drove all the way to Italy to make some pizza before we flew a plane to India to eat some samosas!

In our topic story we went on a ‘Train Ride to Visit Grandma’!  We made sure we gave our tickets to the ticket conductor before we found our seat with our packed lunch. We saw  lots of different things as we journeyed to the sea side. As we looked through the train window we saw cows and sheep in the fields and a farmer with a shiny red tractor pulling its load. As we went through the tunnels we also noticed our own reflections!

In our Maths lessons we have been busy doing a lot of investigating and exploring different shapes. We used the class light box to find different 2D and 3D shapes hidden in shaving foam and food colouring. We also used different mazes and sorters to see if we could post and match certain shapes. Using a Velcro board we also worked on recognising and matching different shape patterns.

We have loved our learning through Science where we have been exploring and investigating different forces. We used big Jabadao spinners and rockers to see how we could make our bodies spin and change direction. We also used the big balls to see how we could use our arms to roll and bounce. We tried to push and pull ourselves around using the lycra materials and elastic. Before we finished the term for the summer we thought we would put our skills to the test by visiting ‘Extreme Air’ Trampoline Park in Oldham. We had a fabulous time! We were able to use our bodies to create different kinds of forces by jumping, rolling and bouncing!

During Sports Week we enjoyed using the different areas around school to build up team spirit. Throughout the week we set ourselves different challenges….we used the Moomalade Playground to share and take turns on the big equipment. In the Red Hall we joined in different parachute games with our teachers. In our class room we used Yoga and massage to create calm and mindfulness. In the Main Hall we split into two learning groups to play a game of boccia – we took turns, we rolled the ball with little help from our teachers and we even helped to tidy up!

From us all in the Woodpeckers we hope you have a fantastic summer holiday full of sunny days and ice cream! See you all in September!


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 –

  • Read a story book with your child, if possible stories that look at travel, different countries or different forms of transport
  • Encourage your child to taste, try and explore different foods with different tastes and textures.
  • Look at photos of friends and family. Do they recognise familiar people? Can they recognise themselves?
  • Help your child to further develop their counting skills in the home. Can they lay the table by counting? How many cups, plates, knives and forks do you need? Can they help you count them?
  • Talk to your child about their day
  • Encourage your child to dress and undress themselves
  • Encourage your child to wash and then dry their hands
  • Encourage your child to help you prepare meals and set the table ready for meal times
  • Practise the key Signalong signs

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: Woodpeckers – Parent Guide – Trains, Planes and Automobiles