Toucans

Welcome to the Toucans Class


Communication

We use a range of different communication approaches appropriate to each child; including photographs, visual timetable and communication books/boards where appropriate. We also use Signalong so support our communication.


Organisation

We tend to split into smaller groups with an allocated adult for learning so that this can be more focussed and individualised to the child. For early English and maths work the children will work in small groups of 2-3, with a member of staff allocated to that group to work on specific targets they may share. For topic based work the children work more as whole group with differentiated work. Where appropriate, children will access pre-reading/reading sessions on a 1:1 basis.


Learning Styles

We learn best through practical, hands on activities with sensory approaches and experiences which enables the children to consolidate their learning by seeing and feeling.


Getting Ready For Learning

The children access regular movement breaks both in our classroom and the outdoor area. Sensory Profiles are used to ensure that the children have the correct equipment to support them to be ready to learn.  At the end of the school day the children have a relaxation session to settle them and prepare them for their journey home.


Key Days / Activities

  • Tuesday: Swimming for Year 6 children out of school
  • Wednesday: PE
  • Thursday: swimming (for some children) in hydrotherapy pool

Staff

Teacher: Charlotte Harlow (NQT) (4 days – Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri), Kim Pattillo (1 day – Wed)

TAs: Diane Molden and Gemma McKeegan

Mid Day Leader: Margaret Stanley


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.