Welcome to the Canaries Class!


In the Canaries class we use a Total Communication Approach in order to stimulate and develop communication skills. This involves supporting each individual’s ability to communicate effectively through the use of Signalong, real objects, photographs, symbols, gesture and speech etc. The children are 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 is followed and incorporated into daily activities.


The Canaries follow a Personalised Learning Plan through individual, small group and whole class activities based on their individual learning style, needs, stage of learning etc. Consideration is given to the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural aspect of learning and is planned for and incorporated into a variety of daily activities. Throughout the week and during many of the learning opportunities pupils are 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 is used to enable the children to begin to anticipate activities and follow routines.

Learning Styles

As the Canaries Class is an Early Years class, a nurturing approach is used to ensure the children settle well and are ready for learning. Flexible, creative and fun activities, based on Learning Through Play, form the basis of our learning approaches. Sessions are adapted to meet individual interests, and maximize motivation so that the children experience a variety of new and fun learning activities. Routines are 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 settle into the Canaries class we 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 are incorporated into the daily provision and Sensory or Movement breaks are included where and if necessary


Teachers: Carrie Ball / Lisa Garside

TAs: Vivienne Halliwell 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 signs of the week for this topic please watch the video below


Swimming is scheduled for a Tuesday. However, this is on a rotation basis and the staff will communicate when your child will be taking part. Candle time takes 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. Throughout the year the children will engage in a variety of activities planned around other focused days for example World Book Day etc