Welcome to the Peacocks Class! 



Staff

Teacher: Hazel Stone

TAs: Nicola Cooke and Aqsa Arif

Mid Day Leader: Ellie O’Brien


Newsletter

Hairy, Scary Beast

The Peacocks have had a very busy Spring 1 half term and a great start to 2024!

We have been sharing the story of ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ as part of our Hairy, Scary Beasts theme and The Peacocks have enjoyed exploring the props, including a tiger costume and a tea set. Using the tea set to pour ‘tea’ has also linked in well with our Food Discovery lessons this half term, where the children have been practicing pouring liquids in and out of containers using bottles, funnels and buckets. 

Each week The Peacocks have practiced the Signs of the Week and we have linked these into our Early English and Move and Mark lessons. Staff have seen extremely good concentration and focus when the Peacocks have been copying the adults’ curved and wiggly lines in order to draw their own beast like shapes!

We have also seen fantastic listening and sitting skills during this half term’s theme-related Bucket Time lessons and are proud to say that we think that The Peacocks will be ready to move onto Stage 3 after the school holidays! 

During Early Maths lessons the Peacocks have been developing their motor skills by attempting a range of manipulation activities, including jigsaw puzzles, shape sorters and also by threading cereal hoops to create their own ‘hairy, scary beasts’. Their perseverance has been amazing! 

It has been a lovely half term and we look forward to the next (shorter than usual) one which we are sure will be just as fun!


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

To help your child continue to make as much progress in class as possible it would be much appreciated if you can continue:

  • Maintaining communication with staff via SeeSaw to provide information that might be useful to us, such as whether your child has not slept very well. 
  • Checking & using the school’s current Signalong signs that are sent out via SeeSaw & are available on the school website. This half term’s theme is ‘Hairy, Scary Beasts’. We use the weekly website signs during each half term as part of a Total Communication approach to learning (regardless of whether children use or copy the signs themselves). 
  • Sharing stories with your child. This half term we will be using ‘The Tiger Who Came for Tea’ as our Sensory Story. There are online versions of this available for free if you do not have the book. 
  • Ensuring your child has suitable waterproof/warm clothing for outdoor lessons & play/lunchtimes. 
  • As always, we also love to hear what the Peacocks enjoy doing at home, so please feel free to send updates to us via SeeSaw! 

Thank you,

Hazel Stone (Class Teacher)
Nicky Cooke (Level 3 Teaching Assistant)
Aqsa Arif (Level 1 Teaching Assistant)
Lisa Russell (Lunchtime Supervisor)


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