Welcome to the Swans Class! 



Staff

Teacher: Said Zaheer

TAs: Helen Thomas and Jabulie Mazibuko

Mid Day Leader: Charlene Harding


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The World In My Town

The Swans had a very busy but fantastic term.  We’ve been listening to a range of holistic stories related to our topic, which the children have really enjoyed. We listened to the story of “The Smartest Giant in Town” and the children engaged with the story really well. We explored a variety of sensory resources linked to the story. 

We explored lots of different resources and really enjoyed getting messy within our play sessions. Within these sessions, children have been doing various provisions, in relation to sensory exploration. In our sensory art session, we have been having lots of fun. We have been creating different art pieces related to different colours. We explored the scents and textures related to a specific colour and used the torches to look at the colours more closely. 

The Swans have also been developing their pre-writing skills, in Move and Mark sessions, where they have been exploring various types of wet and dry media. They enjoyed making marks in these sessions. The children have had opportunities to use all their senses when accessing learning, to ensure they get the best possible learning out of the sessions. Some children have been doing some independent mark making, which has been enormous step for them, so well done!

The Swans had a fantastic time in their physical development sessions, which incorporates Sherborne development play, Jabadao and Physiotherapy guidelines. The approach devised is so effective for the children’s physical needs and allows them to embrace what they can do independently.  

The Swans have enjoyed visiting outdoor spaces around school and they enjoyed going on the adapted bikes now that the weather is getting warmer. The use of visual development strategies has been effective, and most of the children have been accessing EyeGaze on a regular basis, hence their skills have improved. They used the programme to also play games independently at break and lunch time, which is fantastic.  

Furthermore, the children enjoyed creating different types of sounds in their Respond, Create and Interact sessions. They also enjoyed our mindfulness therapy in the morning, interacting with their peers during this time, by vocalising, laughing, and looking. 


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!


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 –

  • Listen to stories on YouTube such as ‘Handa’s Suprise’
  • Play two-way games and sing action rhymes, such as ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ or ‘Wheels on the Bus’ supporting your child to join in and participate, leave space to see if your child anticipates what comes next
  • Take your child on a nature walk and allow them time to process the sounds in nature. Allow them to explore what they find on their nature walk. Look and touch the buds on the trees. Use simple language to describe spring flowers and the changes in nature
  • 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’d prefer to explore. Can they choose by reaching out for the item? Are they making their choice by gazing at the item? 
  • Give your child different materials and textures to explore like something furry and something rough. Will they reach out to grab/feel it? Do they use both hands to explore? Do they enjoy the different textures?
  • Hide under a blanket and then pull the blanket off in front of your child. Take turns with hiding under the blanket. How does your child respond to this? Do they show anticipation?
  • Explore and investigate with messy materials – mud, sand and water play, etc. Encourage them to explore with their hands. Talk about how it feels, smells and sounds, etc.
  • Introduce photos of favourite toys/resources for the Swans to choose between
  • Watch the Signalong videos on our school website with your child

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