Welcome to the Goldfinches Class! 



Staff

Teacher: Shazia Ahmed-Dunnighan

TAs: Nafisa Choudhury, Natalie Holt and JennieLou Grindrod

Mid Day Leader: Ammara Sajid


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The World In My Town

Our sensory story this half term was the Barefoot book ‘Journey Home from Grandpa’s’ The children enjoyed the sing a long version, looking at the different colours and modes of transport. They explored the different sensory objects and materials for each part of the story, including the colourful scarves representing the different coloured vehicles.   The children loved the end of the story where the journey ended at their front door and enjoyed looking at a photograph of their own front door.

During skill building the children developed their fine motor skills and Early Maths and Early English. They used spray bottles to knock down balls and squirty bottles to create colourful patterns on paper.  Some children worked on completing inset puzzles and finding the correct shaped space. Others have been building towers and developing their pincer grip by threading pasta and manipulating objects and materials into holes.

During Move and Mark the children have been warming up their arms by dancing with scarves and ribbons and exploring the parachute.  We have been singing lots of finger songs, developing finger isolation to warm up our fingers, ready to make marks in different materials.  Shaving foam on windows and tables was a big hit.  Children have been crossing their midline whilst making marks on interactive whiteboard.  The children have also used different tools to make marks including the wheels of different vehicles from our sensory story to make marks in dry flour and coco powder as well as wet paint.

This half term the children celebrated Eid.  Children wore their special clothes, and we tasted a range of traditional foods including naan bread, lentil curry, rice, samosas and dates.  They created their own mehndi patterns on hand outlines and made moon and star shaped biscuits.  The children explored the biscuit dough in different ways, before using the cutters to create shapes.

As the weather is improving the children have enjoyed outdoor learning and have had lots of fun creating different sounds on our newly created music wall.  Whilst on Jack’s playground the children have been developing gross motor skills, exploring the large apparatus and adapted bikes.  This half term the children have been accessing Moomalade playground and have been using the large climbing equipment and slide.


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 is a list of home learning activities you can enjoy with your child at home.  The activities link closely to the activities we complete in school and our topic ‘The World in My Town’

  • Offer me choices using real objects or photographs.
  • Support my independence by encouraging me to dress/undress myself, complete fastenings such and zips and velcro and encourage me to carry my own belongings. 
  • Encourage me to use a spoon or fork at mealtimes.
  • Sing songs and rhymes with me, using props if possible.  Encourage me to join with action songs such as ‘wind the bobbin up’. 
  • Provide me with multisensory toys and everyday objects I can explore, e.g., Rainbow Hoops (Asda) and different sized bowls and containers so I can fill and empty.  Model ways I can play also mirroring my play.
  • Engage in ‘intensive interaction’ which includes copying my sounds, body language, and facial expressions. 
  • Provide different colourful materials to explore mark making and fine motor skills, e.g., coloured rice (adding colouring and dash of vinegar to rice and allowing it to dry) coloured sand with glitter, shaving foam, and flour/oats. 
  • Share picture books and stories with me, especially books with buttons, flaps and different textures, encouraging me to hold the book and turn the pages.
  • Watch our class sensory story ‘The Journey Home from Grandpa’s’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKcrsv_t8Ko

  • As the weather is beginning to get warmer, why not take me on a rainbow nature walk collecting natural materials to create a rainbow collage. What do they smell, feel, and sound like?
  • Plant some colourful flowers and watch them grow.
  • Make a rainbow fruit salad or fruit smoothie.
  • Make rainbow sensory bottles using rainbow objects and materials I can pour or post.

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