Welcome to the Robins Class! 



Staff

Teacher: Amina Munsaf

TAs: Kassie Campbell and Sadi Begum

Mid Day Leader: Carol Gordon


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Hairy, Scary Beast

The Robins have loved lots of exciting learning opportunities throughout this half terms topic of ‘Hairy Scary Beast.’ 

We have been building our confidence in using technology whilst using various different switch toys, the plasma screen and the iPad. We have learnt about cause and effect and how we can repeatedly make something happen by our actions. We have loved taking turns on EyeGaze and using our eyes to control the screen in lots of fun games.

In our communication session we enjoyed listening to the story ‘’Monster Max” whilst exploring all the different elements of the story including the rubber snakes, cold water spray, and cheesy crisps. Our favorite part was the paper fans, which helped us to explore the cool air near the sea from our story. 

In sensory food we used all our senses to explore different foods including smelling, touching, tasting and looking. We enjoyed exploring coloured spaghetti, chocolate angel delight and rosemary. But most of all we loved exploring the wet oats with lots of wonderful toppings such as honey, bananas and chocolate powder.

We developed our communication skills while joining in with different activities such as ‘What’s in the box’, ‘I’ve got something in my bucket’ and ‘sensory songs’. We especially enjoyed the nursery rhyme puppets, where we were able to choose our favorite nursey rhyme whilst exploring the matching puppets.

We thoroughly enjoyed our fun physical development sessions in different areas of the school, including the MILE room for our massage story and the studio for are Visual Skills Development sessions. Most of all we enjoyed going into the hall with our friends from different classes for parachute games.

We look forward to our new topic of ‘Food Glorious Food’ after the holidays!


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

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 –

  • Explore in nature! Take your child outdoors to explore leaves, grass, and soil. Do they reach out to touch materials with their hands? How does your child respond to the outdoors? Do they respond to the sound of birds and the wind in the trees.
  • Play ‘ready… steady’ games using bubbles. Blow bubbles near your child and then pause.  Repeat this several times starting with Ready… steady. How do they respond? Do they show anticipation? Can the track the bubbles falling?
  • Find a large bag and put child friendly items from your house into the bag, including toys. Take two random items out of the bag at a time and allow your child to make their choice on which item they prefer to explore. Can they choose by reaching out for the item? Are they making their choice by gazing at the item? 
  • In a large tray bowl mix together 1 part water and 1.5 to 2 parts corn-flour, stir the mixture until it has a gooey consistency. You can use your hands for this. Allow your child to explore in a large tray. Look to see if they can use their hands to make marks? Do they reach out if you pour it from above?
  • Use Intensive Interaction with your child– 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.
  • Watch the Signalong videos on our school website with your child-  https://www.kingfisher.oldham.sch.uk/total-communication

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