Welcome to the Kestrels Class!


The Kestrels class uses Total Communication strategies which include speech, Signalong and symbols.


There are 11 children in the Kestrels and although they spend time learning together as a group, for the majority of the time they are divided into groups dependent on learning needs and styles.

The children arrive at school and self register before starting their early morning Maths and English activities which includes reading every day.

Learning Styles

We respond creatively to the variety of learning styles in the Kestrels, although learning through doing is the preferred style.  We also use ICT extensively as this enables children to access their learning and is a great motivator.

Getting Ready for Learning

We use singing, dancing, massage and individualised sensory diets to ensure all learners are ready for learning.

Key Days / Activities

PE is on a Monday when the class do Yoga together and then on a Thursday where the class will work with Michael our PE coach.


Teacher: Carrie Ball

TAs: Jill Lomax, Cheryl Crosby, Diane Molden, Haydon Mottershead and Andy Fitzman

Mid Day Leader: Margaret Stanley

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.