Welcome to the Chaffinches Class!


The Chaffinches class use a Total Communication approach which includes photographs, signing and symbols depending on children’s individual needs and communication guidelines. We use Intensive Interaction with the children and also offer them opportunities to make their own choices throughout the day.


The learning space is divided into two sections. One part is for table top activities and a designated movement space allows for the children to be able to meet their sensory needs throughout the day. We also have an outdoor learning space, including a texture kitchen. 

We use a mix of whole class, small group and individual work. Sessions are either adult directed with a familiar structure or child led play based, investigative or sensory exploration sessions. In order to maintain children’s engagement in learning we use short activities, punctuated with movement breaks.

Learning Styles

We undertake activities that focus on the development of communication and social skills as these are key to the children in the Chaffinches. We facilitate turn taking, watching, waiting and anticipating as well as sensory activities that use resources that are highly engaging and motivating.

Getting Ready for Learning

We use a variety of different approaches such as massage and relaxation techniques, Developmental Movement Play and movement breaks where children can use the trampoline or spinners appropriate to their individual needs. These activities may be linked to their sensory profile if they have one.

Key Days / Activities

Throughout each day the children will be engaged in messy activities. Presently we have no access to the laundry and so your children’s clothes WILL get messy. Please can you ensure your child has spare clothes in school each day. We will try to use waterproofs where possible to protect clothes and as school have made waterproofs part of the school uniform we expect each child to have them in school daily, along with wellies. We will send these home for washing when necessary. We have no access to the pool at the moment. 


Teacher: Nicola Smith

TAs: Lisa Garside and Aimee Nutt

Mid Day Leader: Suzanne Barnsley

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.