Welcome to the Canaries Class! 



Staff

Teacher: Aminah Choudhury

TAs: Adele Berry, Madiha Bahar and Carrie Clay

Mid Day Leader: Jane Lees


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Food Glorious Food

This half term we have had lots of fun learning about the topic “Food Glorious Food.”

In Early English sessions, we have looked at the book “Eating the Alphabet A to Z.” We have explored lots of different food and vegetable props and also used this to help with our phonics saying ‘A for apple’ and ‘B for banana’ etc.  We have also been doing lots of reading and sharing books in the library and 1:1 with an adult in class. We are getting good at recognising and naming letters.       

In Early Maths, we have been doing lots of work on shape sorters, inset puzzles, colouring sorting bears as well as learning about big and small. We are also getting good at naming and finding common 2d shapes.

We have learned about Easter and decorated and painted eggs and made Mothers’ Day cards as well as listened to Islamic music as part of Ramadhan. We celebrated the country India for Languages Day. We dressed up in traditional Indian clothes, listened to Indian music and tasted Indian food. We have been using the big mac to choose songs and have our weekly iPad time exploring Early Maths and Early English games.

In Creative Development, the Canaries have been using a safe knife to cut play dough, fruit and vegetables and also made fruit kebabs. We have been working on big noise in music playing the drums loud and quietly. We have made Mother’s Day cards using paint and glue and also other creative crafts such as using cotton wool to made red noses for Red Nose Day.

We have had the foot spas and hand massages in wellbeing as well as listening to the feelings song to try and learn about our emotions.

We have been walking to the big hall and practising our balancing, agility, jumping and crawling inside tunnels. We have had our weekly slots in soft play climbing and also our bikes sessions in Jack’s playground. We have the opportunity of experiencing rebound therapy.

The Canaries love Intensive Interaction when outside and in the studio. We also love Attention Autism and are very good at sitting for up to 15-20 minutes for the session with great focus and interaction taking turns at stage 3. 

Have a lovely half term 

The Canaries Team!


Follow along with this half term’s Signalong video!

Signalong

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.

You can view this half terms signalong 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 focusing on healthy eating and how children can make healthy lifestyle choices.


How You Can Help at Home

The following activities are suggested as appropriate homework activities which you can enjoy with your child. We want homework to be fun and easy to complete here are some ideas of things to do at home;

  • Challenge me to use my directed form of communication and if I can do this, ask school what I need to do next. – This refers to the guidelines from speech and language therapy (SaLT)
  • Encourage me to share my toys with any siblings I have.
  • When I’m spending time with family and friends who are a similar age to me, help me to interact with them for a short time.
  • Encourage me to use and repeat key words or/ and to sign help, more. 
  • Support me in my play and allow me to play with toys which suit my skill level- not my age level, this might be sensory or physical play. 
  • Encourage my independence at all times; allow me to undress myself and to dress myself. I need to be able to fasten my own clothes, zips, buttons and Velcro on my shoes.
  • Encourage me to tidy up my toys after I have finished playing with them.

Topic related- “Food Glorious Food.” 

  • Share or watch the story – Alphabet A to Z (this is out story for this half term).
  • Recognise and practise the letters S, A,T,P,I,N getting your child to say the letter and then an item that begins with the letter: s is for snake, a is for apple, t is for ten, p is for pen etc.
  • Try new foods, touching, smelling and tasting, praising me when I do so.

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