Welcome to the Goldfinches Class!
In the Goldfinches all the children have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition. The children are emergent learners at the early stages of learning and communicating. We use Intensive Interaction, Shared Attention Activities, Attention Autism, PECS and See and Learn to support the children’s communication development. We use a ‘Total Communication’ approach in our school day and provide the children with lots of opportunities to make choices in their preferred mode of communication. The teaching team develop positive relationships with the children which helps them to understand the child’s non-verbal communication.
The learning environment is organised into two areas. There is a focused learning area which is used for activities throughout the day, and a movement area which allows the children to meet their movement and sensory needs using individual Sensory Diets. Alongside the classroom is an outdoor learning space which the children access throughout the day for learning and recreation. During messy activities children are encouraged to wear a disposable apron to help protect their uniforms. We ask that parents provide a waterproof coat and trousers for their child as we access the outdoor area in all weathers.
Learning activities are either whole class, small group or 1:1 activities. The curriculum is planned to meet the needs of each child, to scaffold and stretch the children’s cognitive, physical, sensory and emotional development in a safe, encouraging environment. Activities are short with time planned for movement and sensory breaks to allow children to relax and refocus.
Getting Ready for Learning
Each morning as the children come into school they have the opportunity to access the DMP (Developmental Movement Play) equipment in our class movement area or in the Outdoor Learning environment. This helps the children to transition from home to school more effectively. During this time the children are able to ground themselves so they are ready for learning.
We also have regular movement and sensory breaks following each learning activity to enable the children’s sensory needs to be met throughout the day.
Physical needs are met through toilet breaks, breakfast, morning and afternoon snacks, movement activities and massage.
Key Dates / Activities
- Monday – Outdoor Learning – waterproofs and wellies needed.
- Tuesday – Shared Play
- Wednesday – Soft Play and PE
- Thursday – Play My Way
- Fri – Swimming – swimming costumes and towels needed. Bikes.
Teacher: Kimberley Pattillo
TAs: Greta Burton and Gareth Phillips
Mid-Day Leader: Sam Broadbent
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.