Toucans

Welcome to the Toucans Class


Communication

We use a range of approaches appropriate to the learner including photographs, symbolic timetable and communication book or boards where appropriate.


Organisation

We tend to split up the group so learning can be more focussed and individualised to the learner.  For core subjects the children will work in small groups of 2, with a member of staff. For topic based work the children will work in groups of 4.  PE, Developmental Movement Play and PSED will be taught whole class. Where suitable children will access pre-reading activities on a 1:1.


Learning Styles

We learn best through practical, hands on experiences which enables the children to learn and consolidate concepts by seeing and feeling them.


Getting Ready For Learning

The children have access to a movement space at regular intervals throughout the day and Sensory Profiles are used to ensure that the children have the correct equipment to ensure they are ready to learn.  At the end of the school day the children have a relaxation session to settle the children and prepare them for their journey home.


Key Days / Activities

  • Tuesday: Donkey Sanctuary Educational Visit
  • Wednesday: PE
  • Friday: Swimming (for some children)

Staff

Teacher: Kimberley Miller

TAs: Lois Carlisle, Cheryl Crosby, Pam Seers and Adele Berry

Mid Day Leader: Suzanne Barnsley


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.