Welcome to the Ravens Class!
Teacher: Naomi Morris
TAs: Stacey McDonald, Davina Williams and Sally-Ann Hall
Mid Day Leader: Sophie Clayton
Hairy, Scary Beast
We’ve had a fantastic half term engaging in lots of fun activities related to the topic ‘Hairy Scary Beast’.
This half term we have been learning basic first aid, investigating what we might find in a first aid kit and how to use it correctly. We have also continued our work on personal safety using the NSPCC Pants activities.
In Early English/English we have used the story ‘The Gruffalo’. We have been identifying the different characters, what they are doing and where they are doing it. We have been making sentences using colourful semantics to help us. In Phonics we have been continuing to work on our Phase 2 sounds, recognising both the phoneme (sound) and grapheme (written letter) for the different sounds, we have also been trying hard to form these letters correctly.
In Early Maths we have been working on recognising and continuing simple 2 colour repeating patterns. We have also been counting and giving the adult 2 when requested. In our Maths sessions we have been recognising, continuing and making our repeating colour patterns using up to 3 different colours. We have also begun adding groups of objects and showing how many altogether.
We have been continuing to develop our mark making skills through Move and Mark sessions, making marks with our fingers, hands and tools in different substances. We have been practising vertical and horizontal movements using our lycra and ribbons. We have also been making marks using a variety of different materials and tools, including whiteboards and pens. We especially enjoyed mark making in the instant snow.
We have really enjoyed being able to visit other areas around school.
- We have enjoyed exploring the books in the library.
- In soft play we have been exploring different movements and taking turns with our friends.
- We have visited the Jungle for our nature explore sessions, and have made bird feeders and binoculars in DT. We have put the bird feeders in the jungle and watched the birds through our binoculars.
- In the studio we have been learning how to relax and share different equipment with our friends.
- We have continued to access the school pool and children have been developing their confidence in the water and learning to float and swim on their front and back.
In Science Professor Morris has been joining us to help us investigate ‘animals and their habitats’, we have learnt where different animals live. We have also watched the chicks hatch and grow and looked at the lifecycle of both a hen and a butterfly.
We hope you have a lovely half term holiday, and we look forward to seeing everyone next half term when our topic will be ‘Food Glorious Food’.
From The Ravens Team
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
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 –
- Watch our story ‘The Gruffalo’ here – https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00pk64x/the-gruffalo
- Check out https://www.gruffalo.com/ for lots more about the Gruffalo, including games and puzzles.
- Watch some other stories by Julia Donaldson here – https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/search?q=julia+donaldson
- Go and see some animals, e.g. Heaton Park Farm – Can your child describe what they look like? Can they make the animal noise? Can they name the animal usings words/signs?
- Have a go at Junk modelling – can your child build something using clean materials that would usually be recycled?
- Make a simple bird feeder and put this in your garden. Watch the birds come and eat the seeds. See some ideas here – https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/01/how-to-make-a-bird-feeder/
- Encourage your child to take photos using a camera, tablet or mobile device.
- Look at what your child has been up too using the ‘Seesaw’ app
- Talk about what they have done at school
- Practise new signs with your child
- Share books
- Share your news with us via the ‘Seesaw’ app.