Welcome to the Parrots Class!
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 (including PECs) to support this.
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.
Children work in two groups, Orange or Green Group, depending on their learning style. By working in this way, we can focus teaching and learning on the skills and areas that will most benefit your child. We work together in the shared areas, during breaks/lunches/snack, for Class Assembly, Candle Time, and at many other points during the school day.
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.
Getting Ready for Learning
In the morning the Parrots have access to a variety of activities to enrich their learning whilst providing a pressure-free and relaxed start to the day. Children will be able to explore water and sand, play cause and effect games, listen to and join in with songs and rhymes and complete puzzles.
Children then either complete the ‘Kingfisher 1k’ walk each morning or stay in class for DMP (Developmental Movement Play). This time of movement affords children the opportunity to regulate themselves before learning begins. Equipment is available throughout the day for children to independently regulate themselves.
Key Days / Activities
The Parrots Class have access to the Hydro Pool on a Wednesday morning and on Friday afternoon.
Your child will attend one swimming session per week. We ask that a swimming kit is brought to school on Monday. This will be returned to you on Friday. By having the kit in school for the week, we may be able to take your child for another session in the Hydro Pool, if one of their peers is absent.
Please send swimming kit in a separate, clearly labelled bag.
Children will be working outdoors, for the majority of the day, each Thursday. Please send in correctly sized wellington boots and suitable waterproof clothing.
Teachers: Sam Lord
TAs: Katie Robson, Kirsty Kelly, Sally Anne Hall and Sarah Lees
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
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.