Parrots

Welcome to the Parrots Class!


Communication

The Parrots 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.


Organisation

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 three groups, Pink, Blue and Purple Groups, depending on their learning style. 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 Parrots Class are ‘Learning to Learn’ and are completing a variety of activities throughout the week that focus on fine motor skills, communication, sensory exploration, movement,~ Early English and Early Maths. Children are supported when needed but also given the opportunity to work independently.


Getting Ready for Learning

In the morning the Parrots have access to a variety of activities to enrich their learning whilst providing a pressure-free and relaxed start to the day. 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 (Developmental Movement Play) space for children who need to climb, spin or bounce to regulate themselves when they first arrive in class. Children have access to this space throughout the day for movement breaks.


Key Days / Activities

Children will be working outdoors, for the majority of the day, each Thursday. Please send in correctly sized wellington boots and suitable waterproof clothing.


Staff

Teachers: Sam Lord and Hannah Simpkin

TAs: Katie Robson, Kirsty Kelly, Allyce Firth and Sally Anne Hall

Mid Day Leader: Marie Sanderson


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.