Welcome to the Ducklings Class!


The Ducklings use a ‘Total Communication’ approach throughout the school to enable the children to receive information, express their wants and needs to others, make independent choices and build and develop relationships.  Below is a list of the approaches that will be used in the Ducklings.

  • Real objects
  • Speech
  • Signalong
  • Intensive Interaction
  • Photographs


Every day the children will either work as a whole class, in a small group, or on a 1-1 basis, and all share time with different supportive adults.

Learning Styles

All the children are at the emergent stage of learning and need lots of support, time and repetition. We follow a personalised, stimulating, multi-sensory approach to learning, using lots of real objects, and ensure that the Ducklings are as independent and successful as possible in whatever they do.

Getting Ready for Learning

The class team in the Ducklings will make sure that the children are happy, safe and comfortable throughout the school day. They will be positioned correctly to access activities, given time out on the mats to stretch and explore etc.

At 10.00am and 2pm each day we have a snack, for those children for whom it is suitable, and children who are gastrostomy fed will be put on their feeds as and when required to ensure that all of the children are fed and ready to access their learning.

Key Days / Activities

MILE Room – Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM

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 terms signs of the week for this term please watch the video below


HLTA: Kim Firth

TAs: Cath Hunter, Aimee Nutt


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.