Welcome to the Flamingos Class! 



Staff

Teacher: Rachel Hayes

TAs: Alison Mottershead, Gemma McDaid and Chloe Connaughton

Mid Day Leader: Lipi Bibi


Newsletter

The World In My Town

This half term’s theme has been ‘The World in My Town’.  During this time, we have focused on three sensory stories.  The first was, ‘There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea,’ where we played with plastic sea creatures in water, glitter and foam.  Our second story was ‘Animal Boogie’, where we explored plastic jungle animals hidden in sand and hay.  Our final story was, ‘Space Song Rocket Ride’, which involved mixing glitter into the paint and then mark-making on paper, as well as exploring: pom-poms, glow-in-the-dark stars and tinsel. 

We have enjoyed our thematic ‘Skill-Building’ sessions: placing pom-poms on the sticky starfish, posting plastic bugs into the animals’ mouths, attaching the pegs to the animals’ legs, creating playdough aliens, and completing an asteroid unravel. During our class-based’ Being in Nature’ sessions, we made nature sun catchers and butterfly flower collages. We have also used little magnifying glasses to find the plastic bugs in the soil and produced ‘tree rubbings’ using crayons and paper. 

Within our Phonics lessons, we have looked at ‘Environmental Sounds’, where we have had to select the correct toy farm animal and photograph it based on the sounds made by the teacher. We even tried to make some of the animal noises ourselves! During ‘R & R’ time, we enjoyed our ‘enlivening stories’ sessions, where we made Humpty Dumpty fall off the Lego wall and helped the spider climb up the kitchen roll ‘water spout’.

In our Visual Skills Development sessions, we have enjoyed participating in various carousel activities, including mark-making on the light board, water play with light-up toys, dressing up and looking in the mirrors and finding the ‘frogs’ in the sand.  We also participated in 1:1 activities, where we had to match objects together and match objects to pictures. In our Attention Autism sessions, we enjoyed watching various highly stimulating and sensory activities, such as foam worms, paint spinner, and balloon pop.  What a fantastic half term it has been!

What a wonderful half term it has been!  


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 support activities, which you can enjoy with your child and it will reinforce the learning we are focusing on this half term.

Communication and Interaction

  • Sing nursery rhymes with your child and use props to bring the songs to life.
  • Make musical instruments out of household items, e.g. pan drums and cereal box guitars, then play them together.  

Sensory and Physical 

  • Encourage your child to: thread beads, stack cups, complete jigsaws and build with Lego.
  • Visit the park with your child and encourage them to develop their gross motor skills, e.g. climbing, jumping, running and skipping.

Well-being

  • Help your child to wash and dry their hands.  Can they do this without help?
  • Can they wash their face and brush their teeth?
  • Can they put their coat on and zip it up?

Cognition and Learning

Can you name any of the animals you see? 


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