Welcome to the Blue Jays Class!
Teacher: Sarah Cornick
TAs: Fateha Begum, Gemma Slicker and Andy Scholes
Mid Day Leader: Hannah Wynn
Hairy, Scary Beast
Another great half term in the Blue Jays! We had a wonderful time learning through our topic of ‘Hairy Scary Beasts!’
We read the story of ‘The Gruffalo’ and were super stars when it came to matching pictures to symbols and objects and sometimes words. We made shape Gruffalos and painted a picture of the Gruffalo.
We really enjoyed our time in the library, choosing our favourite books and reading them independently and with an adult.
We loved using the parachute when in the studio, being underneath it and all helping to lift the parachute up. There have been lots of giggles 😊
We created our own jigsaw faces and painted faces, identifying and naming the different parts of our faces.
The Blue Jays were so gentle when visiting the chicks, looking carefully at them, using our gentle touch and listening to their chirps. They made us smile.
We enjoyed our ‘Chinese New Year’ themed day, with sensory exploration and art work. The Blue Jays created some lovely pictures to celebrate the year of the dragon. We explored noodles and different foods in lots of different ways.
I hope you all have a lovely half term break and I am looking forward to another amazing half term in the Blue Jays.
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 signs relavent for the current term so that you can learn the signs and further this learning at home.
Click play to watch this half terms Signalong video!
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 focusing on healthy eating and how children can make healthy lifestyle choices.
How You Can Help at Home
Please access any of the activities suggested here or on the Medium Term plan. If you need any more support or ideas, please send me a message via Seesaw –
- Copy what I do – sounds, facial expressions, body language. This will support your child’s communication.
- Play one of your child’s favourite games. Build anticipation and say ‘ready, steady…’ – wait for your child to say go! Or to make direct eye contact with you before doing the next turn.
- Encourage you child with their self-help skills: practice brushing teeth and washing hands.
We like to listen to a song in the Blue Jays class whist we are brushing our teeth! Here are some helpful links:
– Brushing teeth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X4Udn7lbuY
– Washing hands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDHJW4r3elE
- Can your child point to named items in the picture from our story ‘The Gruffalo’, e.g. Where is the Gruffalo/ mouse etc?
- Practice sorting in a variety of ways: can they sort big and small socks into two piles? Can they sort sweets into different colours? Can they sort shoes into colours?
- Talk about what you can see outside! How is it changing with the weather? The leaves are now gone, it is colder, it is raining etc.
- Explore different textures when outside e.g. trees, grass, bricks.
- Can you play monsters – move like a monster, make noises like a monster 😊
- We love to know about the learning that goes on at home! Let us know how you get on via Seesaw.
- Most importantly have fun and enjoy learning!
Blue Jays will be swimming on a Monday afternoon, please can you make sure that your child has got their swimming kit in on that day.