Welcome to the Ducks Class! 



Staff

Teacher: Emma Dixon

TAs: Greta Burton and Shauntelle Dawkins

Mid Day Leader: TBC


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The World In My Town

This half term we have had a great time in the Ducks class listening to our class story/ song “The wheels on the bus”. Each week, we have visited a different place, the beach, the park, the cafe and other places. Each week we’ve explored a sensory tray to represent each place. 

Our play sessions have incorporated many of the toys we’ve been learning to use in skill building sessions and the children have learnt to use the toys with more accuracy. 

Attention Autism sessions continue to be a class favourite and some of the new light up toys in the bucket have been very eye catching and effective at capturing our attention. 

We had a great time celebrating Eid day; we had a party in class and listened to lovely themed music as well as painting mehndi patterns on our hands. 


Follow along with this half term’s Signalong video!

Signalong

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:


Lunchtime

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

The following activities are suggested as appropriate homework activities which you can enjoy with your child. We want homework to be fun and easy to complete here are some ideas of things to do at home;

  • Encourage independence at all times; allow me to undress myself and to dress myself. I need to be able to fasten my own clothes, zips, buttons and velcro on my shoes.
  • Support me in my play and allow me to play with toys which suit my skill level- not my age. Ask my teacher for great ideas to support my play skills at home. 
  • When I’m spending time with family and friends who are a similar age to me, help me to interact with them for a short time.
  • Challenge me to use my directed form of communication and if I can do this, ask school what I need to do next. – This refers to the guidelines from speech and language therapy (SALT)
  • Notice the little things that I do which are amazing or new and tell my teacher- maybe I can practise this again at school and then become even better at it!
  • Go to places which include lots of movement and self help skills; trampoline park, swimming, Summit Up (next to MADLHO) 

Topic related- “The World In My Town” 

  • Take me to the shops, let me look around at the different items available/ feel the fabrics in clothing shops. 
  • Visit local parks.
  • Travel by bus, tram or train.
  • Take a walk around the local area; collect items on the way- leaves, pretty stones, etc…
  • Go to the park and feed the ducks.

Send photos into class via see saw so children can look at their family photos for their choosing time. 


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