Herons

Welcome to the Herons Class!

Communication

In the Herons class, we use a total communication approach. This is implemented by using strategies such as a visual timetable, symbols, communication books and other visual aids that suit the needs of each individual child. Each child will also be supported to achieve their communication guideline targets in class through a wide range of activities and learning. Children are also encouraged to use Signalong to support speech and this will also be modelled to them throughout the day by adults in class. WALT is also used to cue the children into their learning as an added visual aid for the children.


Organisation

Routine is a very big part of the Herons class. As mentioned above, we use a visual timetable in class to cue the children into their learning and also so they know what to expect throughout the school day. The children will be working at Runways 8-9 which is pre-subject specific learning and will involve more sensory learning with embedded but relevant questioning and communication.


Learning Styles

Every child in the Herons class has a different learning style. Through a differentiated and child-led approach to learning, we aim for the children to be engaged and motivated to learn while doing what they enjoy. There are a variety of activities available throughout the day for children to access such as music, swimming, soft play, outdoor exploration and Developmental Movement Play (DMP). These sessions will be supported by the use of visual aids and music to cue the children into their learning and aid understanding.


Getting Ready For Learning

To get ready for learning in the Herons class, the children complete the 1K a day walk each morning. The children are also given opportunities to have movement breaks and choosing times in between learning times to allow them the time to get ready for their learning. Each child will have a morning work pack which will have an activity that they can complete before starting the school day. This will include; writing their name, matching letters of their name or  recognising their name. The teaching staff will ensure that they say good morning to each child when they enter the classroom.


Staff

Teachers: Lauren Whitehead

TAs: Tracy Ferguson and Haydon Mottershead

Mid Day Leader: Pauline Fox


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


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 focussing on healthy eating and how children can make healthy lifestyle choices.