Welcome to the Goldfinches Class! 



Staff

Teacher: Shazia Ahmed-Dunnighan

TAs: Allyce Firth, Gemma McDaid and Sam Broadbent

Mid Day Leader: Ellie O’Brien


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Hairy, Scary Beast

This half term we shared the traditional tale ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ The children enjoyed exploring the multisensory props.  As many of the children like to explore objects with their mouths, we replaced sticks from the story with breadsticks and straw with shredded wheat.  The children enjoyed the repeated refrain ‘I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down’ and loved blowing through tubes.  The splash of water as the wolf jumped into the pan was also enjoyed by all.

During skill building the children have been working on their fine motor skills, Early English and Early Maths skills.  The children have been practising building towers and other models and structures using a range of blocks and construction materials.   They have been manipulating shapes into a shape sorter and completing inset puzzles.  They have also been practising their pincer grip by adding pegs to a bowl and using pipettes.

During sensory food play the children explored a different sense each week.  When exploring ‘noisy foods’ they tasted crunchy foods including cucumbers, carrots, crackers, and crisps.  The children tasted a range of colourful foods in rainbow colours when exploring the sense of sight.  Smelly foods was an interesting session, it was lovely to see the number of children exploring and tasting the tuna, the fresh herbs and flavoursome noodles and rice.  The sweet cinnamon cereal was also very popular.

In Move and Mark sessions the children have enjoyed using the parachute to develop gross motor movements and using the poppets to develop fine motor control.  They have created a range of marks including up and down, circular and exploring writing patterns.  This half term we have introduced mark making on the interactive whiteboard, with children selecting their own choice of colours.  Glitter, coloured sand and Nesquik powder are always a big hit, with some children preferring to make marks with their hands, whilst others preferring to use mark making tools including a paintbrush.

This half term we learnt all about Chinese New Year, the children enjoyed exploring and tasting different traditional foods including noodles and prawn crackers.  We explored red and yellow in sensory play and made our own Chinese Lanterns, using PECS or reaching for a choice of red or yellow paint.  The children were really engaged during a Chinese themed Attention Autism session where they watched as the adult created a colourful Chinese dragon.


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 ‘Hairy Scary Beasts’.

  • 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 school bag. 
  • Encourage me to use a spoon or fork at meal times.
  • 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 paint to rice and allowing it to dry) coloured sand with glitter, shaving foam, and flour/oats.  Mark make wiggly snakes in the different materials. 
  • 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 Three Little Pigs’ on YouTube with me, there are lots of versions to choose from, including songs.
  • Why not take me on a visit to a farm to see some real-life pigs, what other animals can we see?
  • Take me on a nature walk to collect sticks to create our very own house made from sticks.  Can we make any of the other houses from the story?
  • During Sensory Food play we will be exploring foods using all of or senses, why not allow me to explore different foods during play, including smelly foods! 

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