Welcome to the Ospreys Class!
A Total Communication approach is used to meet the different learning styles and needs of the children in the Ospreys class. The children are encouraged to use ‘Signalong’ along with their speech to support them with communication. Visual aids are used to support individual children and keep expectations clear throughout the day. WALT is used effectively as a symbol to cue children into learning. The children interact with WALT and use it as a support with turn taking.
The children are working on Runways 10 – 15 within Flightpath 3 which provides more discrete subject based teaching at an appropriate level. The children in this class are developing their ability to work with abstract ideas.
Every child learns differently and in the Ospreys Class the children are taught using a mixture of styles to meet their different needs. Different techniques are used including the use of music, photographs, symbols and active learning.
Getting Ready for Learning
The children in the Ospreys Class use a range of Getting Ready for Learning strategies for example, they participate in massage sessions after assembly every Friday and complete the 1Km walk each morning. This approach is used to help the children settle back into the classroom and to prepare them for learning. The children are familiar with the routine and confidently work with partners or in a small group.
We have Ospreys rules which are; Good listening, Good sitting, Good looking, Good waiting and different ways to be a good friend (respect). This is supported with visuals around the classroom and rewarded through verbal praise and recognition through our reward systems.
We have a traffic light system; it is used as a reminder for the children to follow the classroom rules, everyone is on Greenwhich translates to being a model Osprey and Kingfisher pupil – symbols of expected behaviours are displayed. If a child isn’t following the rules they are reminded and if the behaviour continues they are put on Amber– this is not seen as a consequence but the child is then encouraged to have a thinkabout what would happen if they continue their unwanted behaviour.
If they continue they are then placed on Red, where the child will lose some choosing time or sit out at break time. Children are supported to reflect on their actions when they are on Red, some may have a social story and some may have a chance to chat through their actions.
We use a star chart and stars are allocated after every session when feedback about attitude to learning is positive. This is used alongside WALT the owl which allows staff to give the children feedback and praise related to their learning. Stars can be allocated from staff at any point of the day if they ‘catch’ any of the children doing something extremely positive, always following the rules or being a good friend. All children work towards 10 stars when they can choose from the treat box. If a child gets 5 stars or above they get to choose from 2 objects at the end of the day, this can be a high five, a sticker or bubbles for example.
The child with the most stars is awarded a certificate for Star of the day and receives a round of applause from their peers. We also have a Helper of the Day- they help with the morning register, collecting water, milk and snacks – their name is displayed on our ‘Helper of the Day Board’.
Walt the owl is a symbol of learning used within each class to cue children into learning time and encourages self-reflection. He takes the form of a hand puppet and a wooden ‘whistling’ Walt, giving an auditory cue in addition to the visual and tactile. Walt is used to help children recognise and celebrate learning. Children can be awarded Walt stickers to recognise significant achievements.
Relaxation and Focus
Sometimes we may use relaxation music or massage to allow children to regulate and ground themselves after learning sessions especially if they have been highly stimulated. When an activity has finished, we use a tambourine to signal ‘finishing’ this helps bring the attention back to the teacher. We use the commands, hands on your head, hands on your shoulders, hands on your toes etc. if children have become highly stimulated.
During transitions to other areas of the school the helper of the day will lead the line.
Sensory breaks are incorporated into our daily routine. Once the children have completed /attended a learning activity they may have a sensory break. Each child has their own tray which may include book or worksheet, toys, twiddlers, chewlry, images of movement activities etc. Alternatively, they can access construction materials and games in class.
Key Days / Activities
The children in the Ospreys Class have access to physical activity every day at school, where they have the opportunity to spend time outdoors and have access to a variety of equipment. Every morning the children have the opportunity to join in the 1km challenge or wake up shake up (dance); they enjoy beating their overall total amount of steps & try to improve on this weekly. Physical Education (PE) is taught Thursday morning where they work in teams to develop movement and gross motor skills. Some of children go to Royton Swimming baths on a Tuesday morning, and the remaining access the Hydrotherapy pool every Friday on a rota basis.
Teacher: Lisa Collins
TAs: Jill Lomax, Lois Carlisle and Haydon Mottershead
Mid-Day Leaders: Kyle Williamson or Amy Cooper
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.