Welcome to the Chaffinches Class! 


Teacher: Lauren Whitehead

TAs: Lindy Cartwright, Nafisa Choudhury and Neve Gilraine

Mid Day Leader: Elaine Owens


Hairy, Scary Beast

We have had a lovely half-term in the Chaffinches class, settling back after the Christmas break.

We have been working hard on our self-regulation skills and how we can use the Development Movement Play area in class to regulate and get ready for learning. We have also been using our outdoor area as a self-regulating area where the children can go out and have some free time to relax and get ready for their indoor learning.

In our Respond, Create, Interact sessions, we have been learning to play the drums and look for sounds. The children have really enjoyed this and have been very engaged with learning to play the instruments and listening to new sounds.

In our Move and Mark sessions, we have been using our gross motor skills to move our ribbons and socks in the air up and down. They then make a choice between crazy foam and playdough, and we work on our fine motor skills to explore these. Finally, they explore the dry material and use the water spray to make it wet. The children love making marks.

We have also been exploring themed tuff trays around our sensory story ‘we’re going on a bear hunt’ and have loved the different exploration media and sounds!

Attention Autism sessions have been a positive addition to the timetable and have allowed the children to sit and wait for their turn to engage in engaging material that motivates them. The children sit and watch an adult and then get to engage later in the different stages. This allows children to understand that they need to wait and allow their friends to have a turn before they get one also. We are now working at stage 3.

Finally, we have been enjoying interacting with adults in class through communication games. These have allowed us to make meaningful choices and explore items that are engaging and motivating to them. This has meant that a lot of the children have been interacting with adults and communicating wants and needs with them.

We hope that you have a lovely break!

The Chaffinches Team

Follow along with this half term’s Signalong video!


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 signs relavent for the current term so that you can learn the signs and further this learning at home.

You can view this half terms signalong 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.

How You Can Help at Home

  • Our story is “We’re going on a bear hunt”, if you have any stories you can read them with your child at home.
  • Let your children explore different materials and let them feel them e.g. grass, water, mud relating to our story.
  • Encourage your child to make marks with pens, crayons and even sensory materials like cocoa powder or porridge oats at home.
  • Immerse your child in numbers and embed this into their daily lives e.g. counting as you walk up the stairs.
  • Play with your child and try to tap into their imaginary play skills.
  • Immerse your child in language and talk to them/encourage them to talk to you throughout the day. Get them to ask for items and ask for ‘more’ if they enjoy things.
  • Try to say ‘finished’ when an activity is over and see if your child can accept this and listen to your instruction.
  • Ask your child to get things e.g. get a drink or get some food and see if they can follow the instructions that you ask, can they pour a drink?
  • Play with musical instruments at home and play music for your children to dance to and enjoy.
  • Make musical instruments at home e.g. guitars with elastic bands and tissue boxes or shakers with rice and bottles.
  • Use technology with your children where appropriate.
  • Use cause and effect toys with your child so they know if they press something on a toy, something else will happen.
  • Immerse your children in Special Events such as Valentines Day where appropriate.

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