Welcome to the Penguins Class! 



Staff

Teacher: Rebecca Green (Sian Montgomery)

TAs: Jess Tubman, Rachel Earnshaw, Macey Scantlebury and Sophie Wright

Mid Day Leader: Paula Wright


Newsletter

Hairy, Scary Beast

The children have been enjoying themselves this half term and have been thoroughly engaged in their learning. 

During Sensory food exploration, the children have been exposed to various foods and textures which they are beginning to explore more, using their hands and a wide range of tools. 

Children in food discovery have been practising filling and pouring skills in various coloured water ready for them to pour their own juice drinks into their cups. 

Next half term the children will be exploring the sense of taste and practicing cutting skills. 

In our physical development sessions, we have been exploring movement in different ways using DMP equipment, tunnels, hoops and parachutes. We have also been accessing areas around the school to support this, including Web and Jack’s playgrounds, soft play, swimming and studio. 

Next half term we will continue exploring movement and accessing the areas around the school to support this. 

Our I Wonder sessions this half term have focused on the Chinese New Year. Children have explored this through a multi-sensory approach. We celebrated Chinese New Year on Friday, 9th February. The children enjoyed all our activities relating to this, and they have produced lovely art work; decorating lanterns and recreating dragons by cutting and sticking shapes together. We explored a range of Chinese foods; noodles, rice, prawn crackers and fortune cookies whilst listening to Chinese music. 

In the next half term, we will be celebrating Holi, Easter, and Eid-ul-Fitr. We would love to see photos of your celebrations at home. Please send these on Seesaw, and we will share them with the class during our assembly time. 

Our language and culture day focus next half term is Asia – India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and this will be celebrated on Thursday 21st March. If you have any photos you would like to share, please send them on Seesaw, and we will share them with the class. 

We all hope that everyone enjoys their half term and the children get plenty of rest ready for next half term, where we will be having even more fun for ‘Food Glorious Food’!

Remember, if you need anything, we’re only a message away!

Thanks,

The Penguins team :D


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

We want homework to be fun and easy to do. The following activities are suggested as appropriate activities you can enjoy doing with your child.

Encourage independence

Allow your child to dress and undress themselves. Help them to understand how to undo buttons, pull up and down their zip and fasten the Velcro on their shoes. 

Support and challenge me

Play with your child and talk to them, commenting on what they are doing and encouraging them to communicate and request an item, whether that’s eye contact, hand movements, signing or simple phrases such as ‘more’ and ‘help’.

Visits

Take me to places which include lots of movement and self-help skills such as; trampolining, soft play centres, swimming and Summit Up (climbing centre).

Explore the outdoors and talk about how the season is changing.

Look out for bluebells, snowdrops and daffodils (early spring flowers) Can they match them to the photos?

Create a spring sensory potion using petals and different types of spring flowers, grass, water and soil

Explore planting sunflower seeds and watching them grow.

Spring 1 – Hairy, scary beasts – Here is how you can support your child’s learning at home.

Go for a visit to the local farm. What animals can you find? 

Lancaster Park & Animal Farm, Middleton Rd, Oldham, OL1 2TG opens in February.

Cockfields Farm Park, Lees New Rd, Ashton Under Lyne, OL6 8AR is open at the weekends from the middle of January. 

Heaton Park Animal Centre (free), Middleton Road, M25 2SW

Make a bug hotel out of nature.

Keep watch – what minibeasts can you find?

Please send us photos of what you have been up to so the children can look at their family photos and share them with each other. 


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