Goldfinches

Welcome to the Goldfinches Class!


Communication

In the Goldfinches all the children have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition. The children are emergent learners at the early stages of learning and communicating. We use Intensive Interaction with the children and choice making opportunities to give the children the earliest stages of communicating their wants. We use real objects and photographs with the children. Staff have positive relationships with the children which helps them to understand the child’s non verbal communication. 


Organisation

The learning environment is organised into two areas. There is a learning area which is used for activities throughout the day, and a movement area which allows for the children to meet their movement and sensory needs using individual Sensory Diets. Soothing music is played at a low level throughout the day in the classroom to help calm the children and provides an ambient background sound. Alongside  the classroom is an outdoor learning space which the children access throughout the day for learning. Throughout the day the children have a set of ‘messy’ waterproof clothing to help protect their uniforms.


Learning Styles

Learning activities are either whole class, small group or 1:1 activities. These learning activities focus on exploratory learning/play/intensive interaction.

WALT the Owl introduces our learning activities to the children. All children have a personalised short term plan which staff use to support learning and record the children’s achievements.


Getting Ready for Learning

Each morning as the children come into school they have the opportunity to access the DMP (Developmental Movement Play) equipment in our class movement area or sensory activities in the classroom. This helps the children to transition from home to school more effectively. During this time the children are able to ground themselves so they are ready for learning.

We also have regular movement and sensory breaks following each learning activity to enable the children’s sensory needs to be met throughout the day.

Physical needs are met through toilet breaks, morning and afternoon snacks, movement activities and massage.


Key Dates / Activities

  • Monday and Friday – Soft Play
  • Tuesday and Thursday  – Bikes
  • Thursday – Swimming
  • Wednesday  – Developmental Movement Play (Studio)

Staff

Teacher: Naomi Morris

TAs: Jess Tupman, Helen Thomas and Gareth Phillips


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


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 focussing on healthy eating and how children can make healthy lifestyle choices.