Welcome to the Pelicans Class!


In the Pelicans class we will be following a Total Communication Approach in order to stimulate and develop communication skills. This will involve supporting each individual’s ability to communicate effectively through the use of Signalong, real objects, photographs, symbols, gesture and speech etc. The children will be encouraged to use and develop communication methods that are appropriate to their individual needs, so they may use a variety or combination of these methods to communicate.


The children will be encouraged to follow a Personalised Learning Plan through individual, small group and whole class activities based on their individual learning style, needs, level of learning etc.

Learning Styles

As the Pelicans Class is an Early Years class, a nurturing approach will be used to ensure the children settle well and are ready for Learning. Flexible, creative and fun activities, based on Learning Through Play, will form the basis of our learning approaches. Sessions will be adapted to meet individual interests, and maximize motivation so that the children will experience a variety of new and fun learning activities. Routines will be introduced and embedded in our daily learning to support the children in coping with and following the new demands and structure of school life.

Getting Ready For Learning

As the children begin to settle into the Pelicans class we will begin to assess the most appropriate Learning Strategies and Styles for each individual child which will enable us to provide an Holistic approach to support them in Getting Ready for Learning.

Key Days / Activities

Consideration will be given to the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural aspect of learning and will be planned for and incorporated into a variety of daily activities. Throughout the week and during many of the learning opportunities pupils will be encouraged to develop their social and independence skills e.g. to share, take turns, develop personal care skills, feeding etc.


Teacher: Ann Whitehead

HLTA: Kim Firth

TAs: Ann Armstrong-Marshall, Jo Winterburn, Andy Fitzman and Holly Parker

Mid Day Leader: Lisa Bolger

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 terms signs of the week for this term 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.