General Information

All the children in the Woodpeckers experience sensory processing difficulties causing them to require a specific structure to their learning. The children are split into 3 learning groups. Lessons, the environment and activities are structured around the children’s learning needs, styles and levels. We find this helps the children focus and engage with their learning enabling them to develop the skills they need. DMP equipment and intensive interaction techniques are used in all aspects of the Woodpeckers learning. We find by meeting the children on their level/letting the children take the lead in learning sessions it aids in developing their independence, life skills and communication skills. By teaching the children using activities and stimuli they enjoy and interact with they become much more engaged and focused during lessons.

The teacher, Fran Scholes, along with teaching assistants Katie Robson and Ayesha Hussain work closely together to support your child throughout the day. We have a lunchtime supervisor Natasha Gordon who supports the class over the lunchtime period.

The Woodpeckers Year 5 children swim at Royton pool each Tuesday and the whole class have a hydro pool session each Friday. So if we could have kits in each Monday/Thursday that would be really helpful.

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

This year we featured some incredible learning from the Woodpeckers class in our film based around the topic ‘All the Worlds a Stage’. Watch it 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.