Welcome to the Blue Jays Class!
The Blue Jays class uses a Total Communication Approach. Symbols, photographs, Signalong and clear, key word verbal language is used throughout the school to support the pupils’ expressive and receptive vocabulary. Class staff follow guidelines and individual communication targets set by the Speech and Language Therapy Team.
The Blue Jays access their learning through a variety of whole class, small group and 1:1 learning sessions. We use different areas of the classroom including our own outdoor area. In addition to this the class has access to learning areas around school including outdoor areas, shared play the studio, soft play, the halls and the library.
The Blue Jays Class learn through a mixture of focussed adult directed activities and self-directed, child led learning time. During learning sessions the engagement levels of the children are recorded and used to inform future planning in order to provide exciting and creative learning opportunities. The curriculum is divided into four areas; Early English, Early Maths, Creative Development and Understanding the World.
Getting Ready For Learning
The Blue Jays benefit from a short session each morning using Developmental Movement Play equipment. Within this session they have the opportunity to regulate their sensory needs, initiate interactions with staff and help them to feel safe, calm and ready to learn for the school day. Throughout the school day we have regular movement and sensory breaks, within which the pupils are encourage to begin to manage their own sensory needs using movement and a variety of sensory equipment.
Key Days / Activities
We like to do daily outdoor learning, even on cold days! Please make sure your child has warm waterproof clothing as the weather becomes colder.
Thursday – Swimming kit (Please remember to send trunks or swimming costume, towel and a bag with their name on)
Teacher: Louisa Carter
TAs: Joanne Tierney and Tom Winterburn
Mid Day Leader: Rachel-Leigh Moors Jefferson
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
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 focusing on healthy eating and how children can make healthy lifestyle choices.