Welcome to the Canaries Class!


The Canaries class follow a Total Communication Approach in order to stimulate and develop communication skills. Through symbols, photographs, gesture, signing and speech, the children are encouraged to use communication styles appropriate to their individual needs. We follow a visual time table and use first and then boards to help children in their understanding of activities and expectations around what is happening now and next at each stage of the day. Some children use communication books or aids to support them to communicate their needs and make choices.


We work as a whole class, in small groups and individually with an adult, to enable the children to experience broader social skills and activities, alongside more focussed specific skills appropriate to their individual needs. This also enables allows adults to focus and support each child through their preferred individual learning styles.

Learning Styles

The Canaries Class learn best through hands on experiences, visual cues and short, steadily paced activities. Activities are a combination of sensory exploration and practical learning developing communication, social skills, turn taking, waiting and sharing.

Getting Ready For Learning

The children have access to individual play activities at the start of each day which help them regulate themselves and manage the transition from home to school more effectively, so they are prepared and ready for learning.

There are opportunities for regular movement breaks throughout the day which involve free play activities. These support the children between short burst learning activities, enabling them to self-regulate, for their sensory needs to be met and to help them prepare for the next learning activity where appropriate.


Teachers: Charlotte Williams (3 days – Monday, Thursday and Friday), Carol Whitehead (2 days – Tuesday and Wednesday)

TAs: Tracy Ferguson, Beth Brooks and Haydon Mottershead

Mid Day Leader: Pauline Fox

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 focussing on healthy eating and how children can make healthy lifestyle choices.