Ospreys

Welcome to the Ospreys Class!


Communication

Within the Ospreys we use a range of communicative approaches which are appropriate to the individual children including symbols, communication books/boards and Sign-a-long. A symbolic timetable will be displayed each day to ensure the children are aware of what is happening and when this will take place during the day.


Organisation

The children are working between upper Flightpath 2 and Flightpath 4, which provides more discrete subject based teaching at an appropriate level. The children in the Ospreys class are developing their ability to work with abstract ideas and developing independent learning.  The children will be encouraged to be independent during the day; being encouraged to collect required resources, being supported to problem solve and encouraged to tidy away at the end of each session.

There are 10 children within the Ospreys class and although we will gather as a whole class at key points during the day, the majority of the learning will be completed in smaller groups dependent upon learning need and style. Smaller group work will enable the teaching and learning to be more focused and individualised to each child.


Learning Styles

Learning takes place in a range of different ways, with new concepts being taught before allowing children to develop their skills in these areas. We feel that children learn best through fun, practical, hands on experiences which supports the children to learn and consolidate concepts.

Homework will be sent home weekly to encourage children to begin generalising some of these skills in different environments; completed homework will be rewarded with a sticker on their chart which each child will bring home each half term.


Getting Ready for Learning

Sensory Profiles are used to ensure that the children have the correct equipment to ensure they are ready to learn.  At the end of the school day the children have a relaxation session to settle the children and prepare them for their journey home.


Key Days / Activities

Monday: PE

Friday: Swimming


Staff

Teacher: Kim Miller

TAs: Lois Carlisle, Beth Brook and Sally Ann Hall

Mid-Day Leaders: Sandra Thomas and Janina Bateson


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.