Welcome to the Swifts Class! 



Staff

Teacher: Lisa Collins, Carol Whitehead (Friday)

TAs: Zoe Gill, Haydon Mottershead and Joanne Brice

Mid Day Leader: Rachel Clarke


Newsletter

The World In My Town

The Swifts Class have had a wonderful half term, the children have continued to develop and grow. We are pleased with the progress of each and every child and the steps that they have made. Myself and the rest of the Swifts Team are looking forward to our final half term of learning with the children.

During our Early English sessions, we have been listening to the story ‘Whatever Next’. The children have worked hard to explore the objects featured in the story and use them to model parts of the story, before labelling them. We especially liked making a rocket! Our ‘Blast off’ foot massage sessions linked to the story, the children enjoyed the foot massages especially the countdown from 10 to 0 before the rocket on the board took off. All the children have become familiar with the routine in our massage sessions and are relaxing nicely!

In Move and Mark, we have been exploring mark making in a variety of textures and colours, linked to the story ‘The Colour Monster’.

Food Discovery has focused on mixing this half term where we have made new colours, changed the texture and consistency of a mixture and made our own trifles!

In I Wonder we have been learning about the ‘Creation Story’ exploring the elements that created the world such as water, air, texture and light. Water play was a huge hit and the children loved exploring shiny and non-shiny materials with the torches. 

When learning about Music, we have been focussing on shake, tap and ring, where we have been exploring and identifying the instruments which make those specific sounds (e.g. maraca, drum, triangle). The children have become clever and quick at recognising and finding the correct instruments to match each focus word. 

We have enjoyed sharing parachute games and messy activities with our friends in the Kittiwakes during our PALS session.

During Physical Development sessions, the children have focused during the Yoga sessions by watching the large screen carefully. They have been able to follow a sequence of moves- well done Swifts!

In Creative Development we used the story ‘Pete the Cat and his White Shoes’ to learn about colours and foods that linked to the colours e.g blueberries for blue. The stories song helped the class to remember the sequence and what happened next.

In Understanding of the World the children have been learning about people who help us focussing on doctors, nurses and vets and have had a great time engaging in role play.

Well done to all the children, the Swifts team all hope you have a fabulous break and come back full of energy and ready to learn!


Signalong

At Halcyon Way 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 support activities which you can enjoy with your child and reinforce the learning we are focusing on this half term –

  • Our main story this half term will be ‘Whatever Next’. This story shows a bear who creates his own space rocket using items from around the home including a colander for a space helmet! It is a fun story with lots of opportunities for creative development and we will make and enjoy our own picnic outside towards the end of half term! The children will work hard to structure and sequence ‘what next’ and will label the different items they make in addition to their own targets. They will also complete crafts linking to the story and look at the life cycle of a caterpillar as it prepares to become a butterfly. 
  • At home you could support the children by helping them to create their own transport or rocket from junk modelling.  
  • Plan and pack a picnic together – what foods would the children choose? Would they like a teddy bear’s picnic?
  • Watch videos of rockets flying into space. Use simple describing words to describe how it is travelling such as fast, high and up.
  • Practise using a knife to spread butter and jam to create a sandwich.
  • We will be learning about people who help us for some of our Understanding of the World sessions. Visiting local fire stations on open days or discussing how professionals help us before and appointment may increase knowledge in these areas. E.g can the children select the image of a nurse when shown the nurse and the police officer before going to see them?  
  • When the weather permits or indoors if you have the space, provide your child with opportunities to roll, jump and balance. Simple items from around the home such as a scarf or socks could be used to step or jump over.   
  • During ‘I wonder’ sessions we will be learning about the ‘Creation Story’. Explore textures around you and temperatures encouraging the children to use their sense of touch. Where do we find water and what is it used for? This could be simple activities like making drinks for others or washing up mealtime dishes. Visit a local reservoir.

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