Welcome to the Parrots Class!
Teacher: Emma Hamnett and Debbie Riley
TAs: Jack Hobson, Lindy Cartwright, Ellie Towers, Nic Meyers and Shauntelle Dawkins
Mid Day Leader: Runa Lyla and Ayesha Sarwar
Let There Be Light
What a fun half term we have had in the Parrot’s! We have continued to enjoy getting to know more about each child from September and noticing the skills and engagement improvements continuously.
The topic this term has been ‘Let There Be Light’ and have incorporated this into our sessions, which was perfect for bonfire themed activities and many more. A favourite again for this half term has been our Studio sessions, each week the children will experience new colours, sounds and materials to explore with, linking to our topic.
Our story has been ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and we have been visiting the library to explore the sensory box which is linked to the story, all the children have engaged in the session and shown an interest to the book by giving lots of eye contact, exploring the objects with their hands or trying to remember what comes next!
Move and Mark is an ongoing success in the Parrots, we use this session to allow the children to express themselves freely and have the opportunities to make marks using their hands and larger tools for their fine motor grip, this is also a fun activity as we will use music to stop and start.
As we come to an end of the term, we have begun our Christmas activities, this is always an exciting time at Kingfisher and with this being our first Christmas with the Parrots, and we are so excited to see which sessions they enjoy!
We hope all Parrots children and families have a lovely half term and we can’t wait to see all the children when we arrive back! Stay safe and see you all soon.
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
- Give your child a choice of 2 objects at different times during the day using toys, snacks, drinks or activities to support their expressive communication and their ability to make choices
- Choosing sacks or bags with different objects inside – let your child dip their hand in to make a choice and then name the object that they have chosen and make the sign if possible
- Intensive Interaction – copy the sounds, movements and actions that your child makes and watch and wait to see how they respond when you mirror what they are doing.
- Create your own story using a character or animal that your child likes – make a story tray using different sensory resources such as ice, warm custard, shaving foam, water and sieves to create the rain, fan or hairdryer to make the wind. Use the character/toy/animal in the tray to explore all the different media
- Make a book using photographs of your child doing different things – talk to them about what they are doing in the pictures: brushing their teeth, eating, putting on their shoes, playing in the garden
Exploration and Investigating
- Make sandwiches let the children help spread and make a choice from two fillings. Make Valentine biscuits; Flour, water and sugar.
- Explore ice – fill balloons let them freeze
- Make sounds using rice, lentils, pasta in empty bottles, boxes or pans
Looking after myself
- Focus on an aspect of personal care such as brushing teeth and washing hands and support your child to develop their independence and skills
- Dressing to go outside and taking off our coats and wellies when you come back home – support your child to become as independent as possible.