Welcome to the Penguins Class!
Teacher: Rebecca Green (Sian Montgomery)
TAs: Jess Tubman, Rachel Earnshaw, Macey Scantlebury and Sophie Wright
Mid Day Leader: Paula Wright
Ticket to Ride
This half term, we have really enjoyed exploring the topic ‘A Ticket to Ride’. Each week we have visited a different country exploring the different foods, smells, sounds and costumes that we might see there. The children especially enjoyed visiting ‘Spain’ during Languages Day. They loved watching the musical visitor who played guitar and sang Spanish songs.
We have enjoyed playing outside in the sand and water during the days when the weather has been lovely! The children have enjoyed exploring the paddling pool, the water sprays and the water slide mats. The children stayed cool, and the sessions also provided us with some wonderful communication opportunities to encourage the children to ask for ‘more’ and to ‘stop/go’.
During our Movement sessions, we have enjoyed different parachute games. Focusing on moving ‘up’ and ‘down’ to the music! The children in the penguins particularly enjoy it when we put soft balls on top of the parachute and make them bounce!
The children loved taking part in ‘Sports Week’ – we were very proud of how well the children sat and engaged with the different games. A firm favourite for the Penguins was the Boccia tournament!
We have had a fantastic year together and we are so proud of what the children in the Penguins have achieved. The team would like to thank families for their continued support. We hope that you have a wonderful summer!
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
- Ask me what I want and encourage me to make a choice! Offer me objects or photographs to choose from!
- Sing Nursery Rhymes with me, using visuals and props to support my understanding.
- Copy what I do – sounds, facial expressions, body language. This will support my communication!
Learning at home –
- Sing nursery rhymes with me – using props helps to engage the children and provides a visual for them to understand e.g. singing 5 little ducks at bath time.
- Cover objects in different materials and encourage me to unwrap them.
- Provide me with opportunities to ‘empty and fill’ – water, rice, pasta etc.
- Provide me with opportunities to make marks using different tools and on different surfaces.
Exploring the world around me –
- Support my learning by helping me to explore different cultures through different foods and music!
- Take me on a sensory trail – What is the weather like? What can I feel? What can I hear?
- Explore different colours outdoors – green grass, blue sky, brightly coloured fruit and veg.
- Developing water safety skills – can you provide me with opportunities to access a paddling pool in the garden/the local community swimming pool?