Welcome to the Doves Class!
The Doves class is a class of children who are ‘learning to learn’. The children are currently working on Flightpath 1, runways 1 to 7. In the Doves class we use a Total Communication approach – using a combination of spoken word, signs, symbols, photographs and real objects. This is all in place to ensure that the children can make sense of the world around them and the learning opportunities that they are experiencing.
The Doves class is a structured environment which caters for lots of exploratory and sensory learning opportunities! We promote learning through creative and engaging sessions, such as: bucket time, sensory art and Play My Way. Some sessions take place as a whole class, whilst others involve working with individual children, to help support their specific targets and needs. We aim to teach the children using activities and stimuli they enjoy, as they are more willing to engage and interact during learning time.
Each morning as the children come into school, they are given the opportunity to access DMP (Developmental Movement Play) equipment, sensory/fidget boxes or outdoor play. This helps to relieve any anxieties they may have during the transition from home to school to the class room. Throughout the day, the children are provided with further DMP opportunities between our structured 15-20 minute sessions, to help support their sensory regulation. We find giving the children this time helps to settle them ready for the activities to follow and ensures that they are ready to learn for longer periods of time.
Getting Ready For Learning
Throughout each day the children will be engaged in messy activities, so your children’s clothes WILL get messy. Please can you ensure your child has spare clothes in school each day. We also spend a lot of time outdoors, so we ask that the children come to school prepared with a suitable coat and wellies if appropriate.
Key Days / Activities
Not applicable at the moment.
Teacher: Rachel Hayes
TAs: Katie Harris and Ellie Lomax
Mid Day Leader: tbc
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.