Welcome to the Flamingos Class!
Teacher: Rachel Hayes
TAs: Nicola Hamnett, Rachel Mitchell, Gareth Phillips and Chloe Connaughton
Mid Day Leader: Jane Lees
Ticket to Ride
This half term our theme has been ‘Ticket to ride’. We have really enjoyed exploring the story ‘Magic Train Ride’ and have made tickets for our makeshift train. We have enjoyed making meaningful marks in Move and Mark and are beginning to follow patterns and letter formations. We have also used Creative Development alongside this story to create a train, train track and the scenery behind the train track. We have used a choose it maker board to select the places we have visited.
In the Flamingos class, we have been engaging in learning our Early Phonics sounds. We have been able to identify body sounds, such as clapping, singing, yawning, as well as environmental sounds and animal sounds. We have been able to correctly select from a choice of two pictures.
We have been lucky enough to have a Live Music Now session, which the children loved. We have some very special moments of Intensive Interaction, requesting and understanding during the songs from this session. We have also had lots of time to explore in Creative development with Food Exploration, we have tasted, cut and explored mango, pear, apples, blackberries, melon, peach and plums etc. We have also made sandwiches and using our choosing skills to choose our toppings.
For Early Maths exploration we have had lots of fun sorting puzzles, manipulated dough, scissors and toys and using bricks to make the same, build and find bigger and smaller. We have also had lots of time outdoor learning with tipping, pouring, car washing muddy cars, manipulating pasta into colanders etc.
We hope you have a lovely Summer,
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:
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 support activities which you can enjoy with your child and reinforce the learning we are focusing on this half term –
Communication and Interaction
- Copy what your child does – sounds, facial expressions, body language. This will support their communication! This is called ‘Intensive Interaction’ and the link for the Kingfisher video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FEOeG-9Zpo
- Sit with your child and look at their learning on Seesaw each day. Use key words to describe what is happening in each picture.
Sensory and Physical
- Have fun with food! Start off by playing with some dry food like flour or couscous. Encourage your child to use their hands and other cooking utensils, such as: spoons, cups, a sieve and a rolling pin. Can they: sprinkle, crunch, fill, empty and scoop?
- Try to support your child’s ‘skill-building’, by helping them with activities such as, threading beads and stacking blocks.
- Help your child to wash and then dry their hands.
- Can they put on their socks and shoes?
- Encourage your child to tidy their bedroom.
Cognition and Learning
- Listen to the stories that we will be focusing on in class:
- Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fj_z6zGQVyM Can you point to the Cat?
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY&t=1s Can you point to the Caterpillar?