Welcome to the Ospreys Class!
A Total Communication approach is used to meet the different learning styles and needs of the children in the Ospreys class. The children are encouraged to use ‘sign-along’ along with their speech to support them with communication. Visual aids are used to support individual children and keep expectations clear throughout the day. All children access the visual timetable. WALT is used effectively as a symbol to cue children into learning. The children interact with WALT and use it as a support with turn taking. A tambourine is used as a sign that activities have finished and it is time to tidy resources away. (Rule of Law – British Values).
The children are on runways 10 – 15, the developmental stages within Flightpath 3 which provides more discrete subject based teaching at an appropriate level. The children in this class are developing their ability to work with abstract ideas. The children have ‘listening seats’ which we sit in for class discussions and ‘work places’ where the positioning of the child and relationships in class are considered.
Every child learns differently and in the Ospreys Class the children are taught using a mixture of styles to meet the different needs. Different techniques are used including the use of music, photographs, symbols and active learning. We encourage Mutual Respect by giving others the time to respond and have their say, get ready for learning through the appropriate resources to provide access.
Getting Ready for Learning
The children in the Ospreys Class use a range of Getting Ready for Learning strategies for example, they complete the 1Km walk each morning and movement breaks throughout the day. This approach is used to help the children settle back into the classroom and to prepare them for learning. The children are familiar with the routine and confidently work with partners or in a small group.
Each child has a ‘Morning Work Pack’ with work linking to their targets which enables them to make the choice of what they are completing each day. We encourage independent learning and Individual Liberty where possible and give the children the opportunity to work with peers.
We have Ospreys rules which are discussed with the class at the beginning of the year and feature rules such as; Good listening, Good sitting, Good looking, Good waiting and different ways to be a good friend (respect). This is supported with visuals around the classroom and rewarded through verbal praise and recognition through our reward systems. We hope that the children can link the values taught in class through the use of the class rules into their own ‘free’ time e.g time when playing out and at home.
We use a star chart and stars are allocated after every session when feedback about attitude to learning is positive. This is used alongside WALT the owl which allows staff to give the children feedback and praise related to their learning. Stars can be allocated from staff at any point of the day when children do something extremely positive, such as always following the rules or being a good friend. All children work towards 10 stars when they can choose from the treat box. If a child gets 5 stars or above they get to choose from a high five, a sticker or bubbles.
The child with the most stars is awarded a certificate for Star of the day and receives a round of applause from their peers. An additional star is given at the end of the day for children who have considered class rules and have tried hard to be a positive member of the Ospreys. After February Half Term, the Ospreys class will have a ballot box where children can also vote for their star of the day so that this is not just an award given by staff to improve democracy and peer assessment. Class also have a Helper of the Day.
Relaxation and Focus
Sometimes we may use relaxation music to allow children to regulate and ground themselves after learning sessions especially if they have been highly stimulated. When an activity has finished, we use a tambourine to signal ‘finishing’ this helps bring the attention back to the teacher. The children are enjoying Yoga and we include sessions frequently across the week.
Sensory breaks are incorporated into our daily routine if needed by individuals. Once the children have completed /attended a learning activity they may have a sensory break. Each child has their own tray which may include book or worksheet, toys, twiddlers, images of movement activities etc. Alternatively, they can access construction materials and games in class.
Walt the owl is a symbol of learning used within each class to cue children into learning time and encourages self-reflection. He takes the form of a hand puppet. Walt is used to help children recognise and celebrate learning. Children can be awarded Walt stickers to recognise significant achievements. We encourage Individual Liberty in the Ospreys by allowing all the children to share their opinions and feelings. The children are encouraged to learn independently wherever possible.
Key Days / Activities
The children in the Ospreys Class have access to physical activity every day at school, where they have the opportunity to spend time outdoors and have access to a variety of equipment. Every morning the children have the opportunity to join in the 1km challenge or wake up shake up (dance); they enjoy beating their overall total amount of steps & try to improve on this weekly. Physical Education (PE) is taught weekly where they work in teams to develop movement and gross motor skills.
The majority of the children in the Ospreys Class are in the Kingfisher Action Team (KAT Team) and will meet to discuss actions that we can put in place to improve school for the pupils, e.g raising moneys and sharing the feedback of others, giving the children a democratic role.
Teacher: Lisa Collins
TAs: Jill Lomax, Michelle Seers and Clare Agnew
Mid-Day Leaders: Aimee Cooper
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.