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‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’

This topic, the Woodpeckers have been learning all about their bodies. Our learning focus has centred on our senses through the exploration of healthy foods, exercise and movement as well as balancing our inner self.

In our R.E sessions we have been working with Cath Croke who has helped us develop mindfulness, calm and balance within ourselves. We have been using different Yoga based movements and poses to help to curl, stretch and twist our bodies. We have also been using different types of massage to our heads, arms, legs and backs – this has further aided us in finding our sense of self.

In Science we have explored our senses by exploring different tastes, smells, textures, sounds and light effects. Each week we focused on one particular sense. We had ‘sense stations’ set up around class where we could experience different aspects of that sense. For ‘sight’ week we had different light effects set up around class which included mirrors and torches, fluorescent lights, a dark space with disco lights as well as materials set up around the light box.

We have continued this in our Cookery sessions through the use of different foods. We have been chopping, peeling, grating and tasting a variety of herbs, fruits and vegetables. We focused on the different foods and flavours to tempt our senses! We explored peppery radish, crunchy celery, eye watering red onion as well a very squishy avocado. Our favourite session was where we explored a variety of cheese. Although we loved the mild cheddar, the camembert and blue stilton were too strong to taste and were very smelly! Urgh!

In our Art sessions we explored how different healthy foods could create different images using an assortment of paints and glue. We loved our sessions where we used different paints to print with different root vegetables. We could see the different effects created by their outer skins and peel as well as their insides.

For P.E this half term we have been using the Moomalade Playground to further develop our co-ordination and balance as well as our social skills. We used the roundabout to push and pull our friends around. We waited for our turn to climb up the rock and rope climbing frame to slide down the slide and we sat on the swings to push off the ground and swing in the air. We even sat with our friends in the big bowl swing and got our teachers to push us!

In our English lessons this topic we have been learning the names of different fruits and vegetables. Using the iPad we have been watching and listening to rhymes, songs and stories about different healthy foods and why we should be eating them! Our favourite part of our lessons was where we could actually taste some of the fruits and vegetables we had been singing about!

From us all in the Woodpeckers we hope you have a fantastic 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 –

  • 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