Wrens

Welcome to the Wrens Class! 



Staff

Teacher: Louisa Carter

TAs: Anne Tomlinson, Chloe Riley, Michelle Scanlon and Khloe Fox

Mid Day Leader: Rachel Williamson


Newsletter

Let There Be Light

T

he Wrens had a wonderful time this half term whilst learning through our topic of ‘Let there be Light.’ 

At the start of the half term, we explored sensory media using all of our senses related to Halloween. We used our hands to feel the pumpkins, explored spooky ‘worm’ spaghetti and played with ice, filled with spiders. (Plastic of course!)

In sensory art we created the most beautiful bonfire and firework pictures using UV paint in a darkened environment. We developed our fine motor skills by moving our fingers independently through the paint and our visual skills to look at the amazing patterns we had made. These wonderful masterpieces will be added to our art folders. Later in the half term, we made lots of Christmas crafts and particularly enjoyed using our feet to make lovely reindeer cards. 

In visual skill development sessions, we played with and explored light toys, shiny materials and decorations all lit up by torches. We were able to look the resources and follow them with our eyes. Some of us were able to reach for them or even move across the room to reach our favourite!

We enjoyed a weekly visit to the studio where we explored UV resources under the UV lights. We made choices between different resources and then used our visual and fine motor skills to engage with these brilliantly. We played with UV rice, feathers and some of us enjoyed wearing the UV hats and looking at our reflections in the mirror!

We had a fantastic time on Languages Day where our learning was immersed in activities and resources related to Germany. We enjoyed listening to a sensory story of ‘The Shoemaker and the Elves,’ used our visual skills to look sensory media/resources linked to the colours in the German flag and explored flour and ginger using our all of our senses. 

We look forward to our new topic of ‘Inside, Outside’ after half term and wish you all a happy, peaceful holiday. 


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 –

  • Take your child outside for a short time to experience different weathers. If it snows, bring some snow inside for your child to explore on a tray. How do they react?
  • Pour some hot chocolate/cocoa powder into a shallow tray for your child to play with. Can they make marks using both hands? 
  • 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
  • Turn the lights off to create a darkened environment and explore toys, balloons and shiny paper using torches. Can your child track the resources from left to right? Can they reach for items? 
  • Make a treasure basket of interesting/motivating items for your child to explore. Can they choose between 2 objects when located directly in front of them? Can they take a favoured item from the basket independently? If you hide their favourite toy under a blanket, can they find it? 

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