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. Advice provided by the Speech and Language Therapy team through individual pupil’s Communication Guidelines will be followed and incorporated into daily activities.
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.
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.
A daily whole class visual timetable will be used to enable the children to begin to anticipate activities and follow routines
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. Suggestions from any individual Sensory Profiles will be incorporated into the daily provision and Sensory or Movement breaks will be included where and if necessary
Key Days / Activities
Tuesday – Swimming – please send in your child’s swimming costume/ towel.
More information will be provided e.g. when swimming sessions are to begin, when your child will be swimming etc.
Candle time will take place at the end of each school day – this is an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon what the children have achieved or done during the day and to encourage them to relax before going home.
A Languages Day will take place each term and the focus will be on a different country each time.
Throughout the year the children will engage in a variety of activities planned around other focused days for example World Book Day 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.