Welcome to the Canaries Class!
The Canaries class follow a Total Communication Approach in order to stimulate and develop communication skills. Through symbols, photographs, gesture, signing and speech, the children are encouraged to use communication styles appropriate to their individual needs. We follow a visual time table and use first and then boards to help children in their understanding of activities and expectations around what is happening now and next at each stage of the day. Some children use communication books or aids to support them to communicate their needs and make choices.
We work as a whole class, in small groups and individually with an adult, to enable the children to experience broader social skills and activities, alongside more focussed specific skills appropriate to their individual needs. This also enables allows adults to focus and support each child through their preferred individual learning styles.
The Canaries Class learn best through hands on experiences, visual cues and short, steadily paced activities. Activities are a combination of sensory exploration and practical learning developing communication, social skills, turn taking, waiting and sharing.
Getting Ready For Learning
The children have access to individual play activities at the start of each day which help them regulate themselves and manage the transition from home to school more effectively, so they are prepared and ready for learning.
There are opportunities for regular movement breaks throughout the day which involve free play activities. These support the children between short burst learning activities, enabling them to self-regulate, for their sensory needs to be met and to help them prepare for the next learning activity where appropriate.
Key Days / Activities
The Canaries access the Bikes on Mondays, have a physical movement session on a Tuesday afternoon and access DMP (Developmental Movement Play) in the studio on Thursdays.
Some children will have the opportunity to swim on a Tuesday mornings. (We will inform you if your child is to access the pool. If they are, you will need to provide them with a swimming kit and a towel please).
We end each day with ‘Candle Time’ giving the children and staff time to reflect on the day, what they have done and achieved, how wonderful this has been and to prepare and settle them for their journey home.
Teachers: Charlotte Williams (4 days – Tues-Fri), Carol Whitehead (1 day – Mon)
TAs: Tracy Ferguson, Beth Brooks and Nathan Tierney
Mid Day Leader: Pauline Fox
Sign of the Week
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 our ‘Signs of the Week’ for the current term so that you can learn the signs and further this learning at home.
To view this signs of the week for this topic please watch the video below
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 focussing on healthy eating and how children can make healthy lifestyle choices.