Welcome to the Ducklings Class!
Welcome to the Ducklings!
At Kingfisher Special School, children aged from two to four years old who have severe and complex needs are provided with a bespoke and personalised Early Years provision within the Ducklings Nursery setting which meets all their specific needs. We use and adapt the underlying principles of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Development Matters in structuring our offer to ensure children’s stages of development are recognised, understood and appropriately planned for. All children within Kingfisher’s Ducklings’ provision have severe and complex additional needs and have or are undergoing assessment for, an Education, Health and Care Plan.
Children at Ducklings Nursery attend either a morning or an afternoon session.
Session times are:
- Morning: 8.45 – 11.45
- Afternoon: 12.15 – 3.15
HLTA: Kim Firth
TAs: Cath Hunter, Aimee Nutt
We have enjoyed a very busy half term with lots of exciting learning continuing to take place.
We have as always been very busy having lots of fun whilst learning through play.
We have all enjoyed this half terms topic – Dinosaur Roar. We have listened to a new sensory story 10 Little Dinosaurs and have enjoyed playing with our brand new set of different dinosaurs.
During the story we have been busy exploring finding dinosaur bones in the soil, making a volcano in the soil using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.
During sensory exploration we have been stomping like dinosaurs using our feet in wet paint to make marks.
We had lots of fun making hand print dinosaurs to create our fantastic Mother’s day cards we hope you liked them!
Some of the children have been making fantastic progress with their fine motor skills and are getting really good at being able to post the shapes into the shape sorting toys.
To celebrate red nose day we invited you all into the Ducklings to come and join us to see how the children are doing and meet their friends and other parents we hope you all enjoyed this.
The children also decorated biscuits with red icing and sprinkles to celebrate the day.
As part of the Easter celebrations the children made carrot pictures using orange florescent paint under the UV lighting in the MILE room.
It was also lovely to see lots of the children wearing odd socks for Downs Syndrome awareness day.
We have also been enjoying water play and have been gifted a new water tray which is proving very popular with some of the children.
The foot spas are also very popular with the never ending bubbles that just keep on growing the children are fascinated by this.
We have also been outside experiencing the very odd weathers we have had this half term including the hailstone which the children found very interesting and how noisy it was on the windows.
We look forward to seeing you all after the holiday having fun with our new topic – Pirates Ahoy!
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 send home relevant Signs of the Week for our Two Year Old Provision classes via SeeSaw.
How You Can Help at Home
- Listen to songs and stories linked to dinosaurs on YouTube.
- Feel different textures on everyday items such as bumpy, spiky, rough and smooth.
- Use feet and paint to stamp like a dinosaur and make marks on old pieces of wallpaper.
- Have a day out to Manchester Museum which has a fossil and dinosaur gallery on the ground floor.
- Make some homemade dinosaur bones using salt dough.
- Visit one of the local Multi-Sensory play centres such as Boomerang in Bury. They have an interactive floor where the patterns and pictures change as the children move on the floor.
- Use Intensive Interaction on a daily basis with your child.
- Learn the signs of the week from our school website.
- Go outside and experience different weathers.