Kestrels

Welcome to the Kestrels Class!



Staff

Teacher: Carol Whitehead, Sarah Woods

TAs: Nicola Hicklin and Cheryl Round

Mid Day Leader: Jordan Maguire


Newsletter

Let There Be Light

The Kestrels have had a busy half term exploring our ‘Let there be light’ topic. 

We have enjoyed listening to the story ‘Stellaluna’ and have been developing our understanding of sentence structure using ‘Colourful Semantics’ to help us form sentences. In phonics we have been developing our knowledge of CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and using our knowledge of phonetic sounds to help us read new words. 

In Maths, we have been adding and counting on in 2s, 5,s and 10s. We have continued to develop our understanding of number representation and place value and have begun to look at how we can exchange tens and units in addition. We have also been looking at and completing continuing patterns using colours and shapes. 

During Science this half term we have been finding out about the seasons, how the weather changes and what clothing is suitable to different weather types. We have also been exploring push and pull forces using toy vehicles and finding out how different surfaces affect how they move.

In Art we have been looking at the colourful pop art created by Romero Britto and making our own colourful designs using his ideas to inspire our own. 

On Languages Day we visited Germany. We enjoyed doing lots of Germany related activities including colouring our own German flags, making gingerbread dough and using gingerbread dough cutters to make gingerbread men. We also explored the story ‘Hansel and Gretel’.

In RE we have enjoyed learning about the festivals of Diwali and Christmas. We have been thinking about why the story of The Nativity is important to Christians and have enjoyed learning and singing songs about the festival.

We helped to decorate the Red Hub Christmas Tree and had a real Christmas tree in class which we also enjoyed exploring and decorating. We have made some decorations to bring home for the holiday. We have made Diwali diva pots and designed and made tea light holders in Design and Technology.

We wish you all a good Christmas break and a Happy New Year too.

See you in January

Love from the Kestrels class


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.

Click play to watch this half terms Signalong video!


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

  • Continue to share, read and talk about stories together with your child (read your child’s library book with them and remember to return it weekly so it can be changed on Thursday mornings).
  • Support your child to think about how big or small items are. Help them to put items in order of size from biggest to smallest/smallest to biggest and talk about the difference in sizes. 
  • Support your child to think about how heavy or light items are. Help them to put items in order of size from heaviest to lightest/lightest to heaviest and talk about the difference in the weight. 
  • Support your child to add up how much 2 small items costing £1 or less will cost when out shopping.
  • Explore moving in different directions (left, right, forwards, backwards, round in a circle, and so on). Look at maps and talk about how to get to different places (e.g. the local shop or the park).
  • Encourage your child to look for different colours when at home and outside – talk about whether the colours are warm (like yellow or red) or cold (like blue or grey) and how they make them feel.

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