Welcome to the Ospreys Class!
Within the Ospreys, we use a total communication approach to support the children in making their wants and needs known to others. This includes the use of symbols, communication books/boards as well as the use of Signalong which are all utilised alongside spoken language in order to develop their understanding of the world around them.
The Ospreys are a class of 7 children who are working between upper Flightpath 2 and Flightpath 3. The children will be accessing more discrete subject based teaching at an appropriate level where they will be developing their ability to work with abstract ideas as well as developing independent learning. This will involve a mix of whole class learning as well as smaller groups, where teaching and learning can be focussed on the individual needs of each child. The children will be developing their learning through lots of practical and meaningful experiences where they can consolidate their skills in lots of different contexts, as well as develop their independence by being encouraged to collect required resources, tidy away after themselves and work on their personal care and self-help skills. This is all supported through our visual timetable so that the children know what they are learning and when throughout the day.
In the Ospreys, activities help to meet a range of learning styles using hands on approaches with movement breaks in between, as we feel that children learn best through fun, practical, hands on experiences that give them the opportunity to learn and consolidate concepts. The activities the children access are differentiated to meet the academic needs of each child and all children work closely adults to ensure they are supported, motivated and challenged appropriately. The learning is delivered using visual aids, technology and where appropriate real objects and experiences.
Getting Ready for Learning
Our days are structured to incorporate lots of movement breaks in between learning time sessions to help support the sensory needs of the children in class. We have daily music and movement sessions and access to our outdoor play area in order to develop gross motor skills, as well as provide sensory breaks using equipment provided to help achieve this which is based on their sensory profiles. The day is very structured for the children and shown using the visual timetable along with various songs to cue the children in to different learning time sessions. Learning time sessions are planned so that the children learn in short bursts so as to enable them to concentrate for longer periods of time when working.
Key Days / Activities
Monday AM – PE – please send your child in with trainers
Tuesday AM – All children to go swimming at Royton Pool – please send your child in with appropriate swimwear and towel
Teacher: Christina Marriott
TAs: Gemma McKeegan and Alex Lambert
Mid-Day Leaders: Jane Lees
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.