Welcome to the Ospreys Class!
Teacher: Hannah Simpkin
TAs: Thomas Winterburn and Danielle Woodlock
Mid Day Leader: Hannah Wynn
Ticket to Ride
We’ve had a very busy but great last half term of year here in the Ospreys!
In English, we have been focusing on the story of ‘The Train Ride’ where we have been joining in with the repeated refrains of the story as well as re-telling this in simple ways. We have continued to develop our early reading and writing skills in our phonics sessions where we have begun to develop our early blending and segmenting skills, as well as learning high frequency words by sight.
In Maths we have been find one less from numbers up to ten, showing this practically using known number rhymes and using a number line to represent this by moving backwards along it. We have continued to develop our recognition of simple 2D shapes and use a range of these to create our own shape pictures. We have really enjoyed applying some of our Maths skills in order to play simple games with each other involving both numbers and shape such as dotty dinosaurs and snakes and ladders.
In Geography we have been learning all about the seaside and what things we may see there, linking this to The Train Ride story as the train finishes at a sea-side town. We have created our own seaside pictures, looked at the noises we may hear there, as well as listened to a lovely seaside sound story.
In Design and Technology, we have been creating our own peg cars using a variety of different materials. We have looked at how a wheel and axle works in order to move things forward more easily as well as explored different racing car designs in order to choose one we like for our own. We have then watched videos in how to make a peg car using various media and materials and with some help created our own. We have loved trying these out on different ramps and surfaces as we’ve raced against each other in class.
In Science we have been looking at different materials and what things are made of. We have been using symbols to help sort things into different materials as well as identify what they are.
In PSHE we have been getting ready for lots of transition for both the children who are moving to high school and those who are moving class. We have shared social stories together looking at where we will be moving to as well as some of the new friends we may see. We have also really enjoyed making some lovely artwork and creating our own memory books to document our time here in the Ospreys over the last year.
We have had some special days to share together this half term such as our languages day where we got to experience lots of lovely activities linked to Spain as well as getting active in our very successful Sports Week.
We would like to thank families for their continued support throughout the year. It has been a very successful and enjoyable year, watching all the children learn and grow. For those children moving on to high school, we wish them lots of luck in there new school – we are sure they will continue their love of learning moving forward. Have wonderful and restful Summer Holiday!
The Ospreys Team
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!
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 appropriate homework activities which you can enjoy with your child and reinforce the learning, we are focussing on this half term.
Our theme this half term is ‘On the Move.’
Early English/Communication –
- Share familiar books together, familiar rhymes and action rhymes. Have fun exploring the actions and rhymes. Can your child hold a book the right way around? Can they turn the pages or locate people or animals?
- Encourage your child to make requests by looking and touching, verbally or using sign. Can your child begin to use ‘I want..?’
- Make marks with different tools, perhaps exploring pincer grasp, in different materials e.g. using felt tips, crayons, chalk, in flour, rice etc.
Early Maths –
- Junk modelling- Can your child find the big box or the small box? Can they count the boxes as they build, or can they assist you counting whilst they build?
- Exploring and counting figures and teddies- can your child find the big teddy? Or the small teddy? Can they find the pink teddy?
- Explore numbers together. Can they count the blocks? Can they find 2 dolls? Can they put a cube of apple in each section of a cake baking tin?
- Pouring, tipping, filling using sand, rice, soil, water. Can they fill the cup using a spoon, can they pour slowly?
Understanding of the World –
*Watch videos about animals and their sounds, for example ducks quacking. Explore teddies and toys that relate to the animals.
*Enjoy the outdoor environments together. Explore the weather outdoor in gardens or on YouTube with sounds, which do they prefer sun, rain, thunder or snow?
•Explore junk modelling- can your child paint the boxes, stack them and decorate them using stickers, pencils etc?
- Can your child help to make a sandwich or toast; can they spread using a safety knife, can they stir using a spoon?
We hope you have lots of fun together!