Welcome to the Toucans Class! 



Staff

Teacher: Fran Marshall

TAs: Charlotte Taylor, Gareth Phillips, Joanne Ryan and Nicola Meyers

Mid Day Leader: Sam Grundy


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The World In My Town

What a busy half term we have had here in the Toucans! This topic has lent itself to so many learning opportunities…

In our weekly ‘I Wonder’ sessions we have been experiencing the creation story through a range of light effects and materials. We used torches and bin liners to recreate light and dark before using yellow paint, glitter and foil to explore the sun and moon. We also used water and blue food colouring to explore the sky and sea as well as soil and astro turf to experience land and vegetation. We then used puppets and small world animals to experience the creation of fish, birds, animals and man. We continued this learning through our weekly creative sessions by making our very own creation story collage. Each week we use paints, printing, glue and glitter to recreate each of the 7 days. 

In our weekly Understanding the World sessions we have been exploring different light effects. We used torches with different materials to explore the different light effects we could create. We loved exploring the cellophane, foil and different types of glitter and reflective fabric to see what light effects we could create. To further develop our computing skills we now have weekly iPad sessions. We each take turns to use the iPads to activate different puzzles and identification and matching games. We also use class SMART board computer with some of our class friends to choose different onscreen games before taking turns to activate each part of the game.

We loved our topic story ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’! Where we followed George the giant as he wanted to change from being the scruffiest giant in town to the smartest giant by buying himself some lovely new clothes. As he walked home he saw some animals in need so he gave away his clothes! He gave his new tie as a scarf for a cold giraffe, his shirt for a sail for a goat’s boat, a shoe as a house for mouse, one of his socks as a sleeping bag for a fox and his lovely leather belt to help a dog cross a bog. To thank him the animals made him his very own crown for the ‘kindest’ giant in town! We all loved meeting the different animals and trying on the crown!

In our Food Discovery sessions we have been further developing our mixing and whisking skills by using spoons, whisks and hand held blenders and whisks. We were able to add milk and angel delight powder before using a spoon to mix together to create three different flavours of fluffy angel delight dessert! Our favourite session was where we use the hand held whisk to whisk pouring cream into thick textured cream. It was delicious! Just before the half term holiday we use the hand blender to mix some lovely fresh berries and milk to make our own fruit smoothies. Perfect for the warmer weather!

This half term we had a fabulous Eid celebration day! We loved tasting a wide range of foods… mango chutney, naan bread, chapati, rice and popodoms. The breads were our favourite! Yum! In a mark making session we created our own Mendhi drawing and outlines using different felt pens, crayons and markers in a range of bright colours. We then explored different herbs and spices from different curry powders and flavourings to ginger root and coriander while listening to Eid celebration music. Not many of us liked the smell of the ginger! 

From us all in the Toucans we hope you have a wonderful half term break. See you in June for the final half term of the academic year!


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 –

  • Read a story book with your child, if possible, focus on stories that centre on community whether it is transport, parks, shopping centres, your child’s favourite place to go. We are looking at the ‘Smartest Giant in Town’ in class this is something you could also share at home. In our ‘I Wonder’ sessions we are looking at the creation story so you could share books centring on the sun and moon, land and sea, different animals or different people.
  • Look at photos of friends and family. Do they recognise familiar people? Can they recognise themselves? Look at photographs, images or use a mirror. Do they respond to their own name? Create a scrap book with your child with their favourite photos. Take photos of your child while they are out and about and make a memory book of your outings.
  • If possible, take you child out into the community – go on the bus, tram or in the car…what can they see? Do they recognise familiar places? Visit friends and family or go to the local park, shop or supermarket.  
  • As the evenings become lighter and days are becoming longer encourage your child to access their play outside…add to your garden you created…has anything grown? Take photographs and look at them together.  
  • Encourage your child to help prepare meals. Can they help to wash up? Can they help to cut, chop and stir? Can they help to use different kitchen appliances from handheld mixer and whisk to a blender? If possible, build on their mixing skills…whisk cream, bake a cake or make custard.
  • Play with you child – encourage interaction by using their favourite toys/games/TV shows. Can they accept you into their play? Can they take turns?
  • Encourage your child to dress and undress themselves. Can they choose their own clothing? Can they choose appropriate clothes for the warmer weather? Shorts and t-shirt? Hat and sunglasses? Can they help to put on their sun cream?
  • Using play, meal and snack times build on their communication skills. Can they make a choice between toys, foods and drinks? 
  • Encourage your child to brush their teeth. Can the put the toothpaste on their brush? Can they put the brush into their mouth?
  • Encourage your child to wash and then dry their hands. 
  • Encourage your child to help to wipe down/clean surfaces in the home
  • Encourage your child to help to tidy away. Do they know where things are kept?
  • Practise the key Signalong signs

If you and your child are learning from Home, please access any of the activities suggested here or on the Medium Term plan, but activity suggestions will be sent each week to help you via Seesaw.


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