Welcome to the Herons Class!


The Herons class uses Total Communication in the form of verbal requests, Signalong and the use of objects, photographs and symbols where appropriate. We encourage the children to make choices throughout the day and use Communication Books (including PECs) to support this.


We work as small groups and as a whole class, allowing staff to focus on the children’s individual needs and giving the children the opportunity to work alongside their peers. Visual prompts help the children to understand where they are working and who they will work with.

Children work in two groups, whole class or 1:1 depending on the learning. By working in this way, we can focus teaching and learning on the skills and areas that will most benefit your child. We work together in the shared areas, during breaks/lunches/snack, for Class Assembly, Candle Time, and at many other points during the school day.

Learning Styles

The Herons Class are ’emergent learners’ and ‘Learning to Learn’. The children complete a variety of activities throughout the week that focus on fine motor skills, gross motor skills, communication, sensory exploration, movement; developing Early English and Early Maths skills. Children are supported when needed but also given the opportunity to work independently.

Getting Ready for Learning

In the morning the Herons Class have access to a variety of activities to enrich their learning whilst providing a pressure-free and relaxed start to the day. We engage with learning through play, sensory exploration, Developmental Movement Play (DMP) and Intensive Interaction etc. Children will be able to explore water and sand, play cause and effect games, listen to and join in with songs and rhymes and complete puzzles. We have a large DMP space for children who need to climb, spin or bounce to regulate themselves when they first arrive in class. The children have access to this space throughout the day for movement breaks. We have also developed a sensory light space made for relaxation and exploration.

Key Days / Activities

The Herons children will spend regular sensory and movement breaks outside in our yard and on the different playgrounds. Please send in correctly sized wellington boots and suitable waterproof clothing.


Teachers: Hannah Simpkin

TAs: Helen Thomas, Chloe Riley and Clare Agnew

Mid Day Leader: Davina Williams

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.