Welcome to the Herons Class!
We use several approaches throughout our school day, including Intensive Interaction, sensory cueing and big macks to enable the children to make requests and greet people, for example.
The Robins and Herons share a large classroom environment, where we work in various ways across the day to ensure a range of approaches and size of groupings are accessed. For some sessions we work collaboratively, participating in a carousel of activities, where small groups of children move around several different activities, whilst for others we split off into our class groups to access sessions in the classroom environment, as well as other learning spaces within the school, such as the MILE Room and the Studio.
The Robins and Herons children learn in a multi-sensory way, and we ensure that this is provided in all learning opportunities on offer throughout the day. We consider access requirements at all times to ensure that the children are supported to access their own learning with as much independence as possible.
Getting Ready For Learning
As the children arrive in the morning, they are provided with a hand massage, to both enable them to feel completely relaxed after their journey into school, as well as relaxing their hands, ready to access their learning.
Each day we ensure that the children have several opportunities to be repositioned, including time out on the floor, in standing frames, and class chairs. This not only allows the children to develop their gross motor skills, but it also enables them to develop their skills in accessing their learning in different ways.
At 10.30am each day we have a snack, for those children whom it is suitable, to ensure that all of the children are ready to access their learning.
Key Days / Activities
2pm Tuesday – Play My Way
11am Wednesday – Swimming and Bikes – please remember their swim kit
2.00pm Thursday and Friday – MILE Room
9.30-11am Friday – Studio
Class Teachers: Terri Unsworth and Hannah Simpkin
TAs: Anne Tomlinson, Angela Mullington, Kitty Connaghan and Claire Mullen
Mid Day Leader: Rachel Williamson
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.