General Information

The Chaffinches’ class is a Foundation/KS1 class of 8 pupils. The teacher, Louisa Carter, (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) and HLTA Kim Meyers (Thursday, Friday) along with teaching assistants Nicola Hicklin, Tracy Heap and Ann Stuart work closely together to support your child throughout the day. Emma Hobin supports the class over the lunchtime period.

A ‘Total Communication’ approach is used in order to stimulate and develop communication skills. This involves aiding communication by the use of Signalong, real objects, photographs, symbols and speech. We work closely with SaLT, who support us in all we do each day. The children are encouraged to be as independent as possible throughout the school day, when eating snacks, walking around school and during personal care routines.

The children follow programmes of work designed to meet their individual needs, delivered through a multi-sensory and creative approach both indoors and outside. Outdoor Learning will take place daily in different outdoor areas around school i.e. the woods. We have a large canopy in the Outdoor Learning environment attached to our class, so we can learn outside whatever the weather.

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.