Welcome to the Ospreys Class! 



Staff

Teacher: Hannah Simpkin

TAs: Thomas Winterburn and Danielle Woodlock

Mid Day Leader: Ellie O’Brien


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Food Glorious Food

Our theme this half term has been ‘Food Glorious Food’.

In Our Early Maths sessions we have used some new shape sorting resources to manipulate, used coloured bowls to sort, build on a light tray with coloured bricks and blocks and enjoyed sensory number song props. Some of us have explore big and small as well as one and lots. 

We have really enjoyed Creative Development and used paints, tools and perspex to make marks and created some lovely art work for our display boards. We also enjoyed our music sessions where we had a turn playing solos as well as all together as a group.

Our very favourite part of Creative Development has been exploring cutting of lots of different food such as bananas, strawberries, cucumbers and lettuces and making fruit kebabs. 

Our sensory story has been ‘The very Hungary Caterpillar and we have really enjoyed exploring colours, creatures, foods as well as telling the story on the light tray with images, creating food mats on the days of the week and role playing with the small world foods. We enjoyed decorating insects with playdough and using tools to cut, squash and roll our home made dough.

In our ‘I wonder’ sessions we have explored Eid, Easter and also the Holi festival.

We had a lovely Languages day where we explored and created our own Rangoli patterns, used blocks and lego to design our own Taj Mahal, explored light toys for the Light festival and used torches to explore the world map.

We hope you have had a lovely half term,

Thank you,

From the Ospreys


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

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 ‘The World in my Town.’

Early English/Communication – 

Our story this half term is ‘We’re going on a Bear hunt.’

We will be exploring different sensory trays linked to the different places we visit such as swishy swashy grass and thick oozy mud.

  • At home you could share stories/ nursery rhymes/ action rhymes together. Can your child join in? Can they join in with actions/ words?
  • Can they request a song by pointing on YouTube or verbally saying which they want?
  • Encourage your child to make requests by looking and touching, verbally or using sign. Can your child begin to use ‘I want…?’
  • Can you use exciting toys to attract your child’s attention? Can they ask for more through vocalisations, verbally requesting, touching?
  • Can your child mark make or make patterns or letters in sensory food exploration like jelly crystals, flour, icing yogurt?

Early Maths – 

  • Can you explore building blocks together to make towers and knock them down? 
  • Enjoy singing number songs together such as 10 green bottles, 5 little monkeys, 5 little ducks etc.
  • Exploring 1 and lots with small world figures, strawberries, teddy bears etc.

Understanding of the World –

Explore the Outdoors together and you could go on visits to the community such as shops, galleries, museums, zoos, beaches, parks and on nature walks. Experience the different weathers and areas enjoy the sunshine and the April showers.

Creative development-     

This half term we will be exploring mixing. Can you make a cake mix together? Can your child stir water/sand/ flour with a spoon? Could you safely use an electric mixer together. 

You could also listen to different types of music together, fast, slow, loud, quiet. Use pots, pans and cutlery to explore making different sounds. 

Thank you!

We hope you have lots of fun together!


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