Parrots

Welcome to the Parrots Class!


Communication

The Parrots class uses Total Communication in the form of verbal requests, Signalong and the use of objects, photographs and symbols where appropriate. We encourage the children to make choices throughout the day and use Communication Books to support this.


Organisation

We work as small groups and as a whole class, allowing staff to focus on the children’s individual needs and giving the children the opportunity to work alongside their peers. Visual prompts help the children to understand where they are working and who they will work with.


Learning Styles

The Parrots Class are Learning to Learn and are completing a variety of activities throughout the week that focus on fine motor skills, communication, sensory exploration, movement,  Early English and Early Maths. Children are supported when needed but also given the opportunity to work independently. Children are rewarded with Parrot Tokens for working hard.


Getting Ready for Learning

Each child has a box that includes items collected to appeal to their sensory needs and interest. This can be accessed at the beginning of the day in preparation for register and once Learning Time has finished and there is the opportunity to choose. Verbal prompts, symbols and songs are used to introduce sessions.


Key Days / Activities

The Parrots Class have access to the Hydro Pool on a Wednesday morning and will need their swimming kit each Wednesday.


Staff

Teachers: Lisa Collins and Lauren Whitehead

TAs: Lisa Garside, Clare Agnew, Julie Graham and Holly Parker

Mid Day Leader: Marie Sanderson


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.