Welcome to the Peacocks Class!
A Total Communication approach is used to meet the different learning styles and needs of the children in the Peacocks class. We have a visual timetable that includes what is happening ‘first’ and ‘then’ so that all of the children are cued in both verbally and visually to what is happening next in their school day. We encourage the children to use signs along with their speech to support them with communication. WALT is used effectively as a symbol to cue children into their learning and to support them with tasks throughout the day.
The Peacocks are a class of 6 children who are all of similar cognitive ability. The children are working on Runways 10 – 15 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 work planned is differentiated to meet the different academic needs of the children. All children work closely with the adult 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
The children in the Peacocks Class use a range of Getting Ready for Learning strategies for example, our timetable is structured so that sensory breaks are incorporated into the day; children learn in short bursts to enable them to concentrate for longer periods of time when working. Each child has their own tray which may include worksheets, toys, twiddlers or objects of interest. Alternatively, they can access construction materials, games in class or use the outdoor area. We use whole class, small group and 1:1 teaching throughout the school day.
Key Days / Activities
The children in the Peacocks are encouraged to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. 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 every Tuesday morning where they work in teams to develop movement and gross motor skills.
*Swimming sessions will be confirmed in due course.
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 and a wooden ‘whistling’ Walt, giving an auditory cue in addition to the visual and tactile. Walt is used to help children recognise and celebrate learning. Children can be awarded Walt stickers to recognise significant achievements.
Relaxation and Focus
Sometimes we may use relaxation music or massage to allow children to regulate and ground themselves throughout the day. Just before an activity is due to finish we use a timer to cue the children in to signal the activity is about the finish. When the activity has finished, we use a tambourine to signal ‘finished’ this helps bring the attention back to the teacher.
Helper of the Day
A class helper is chosen each day and the helper will support the adults to complete a variety of tasks including giving out the snacks and leading the line to transition around school.
Teacher: Maria Hallett
TAs: Rachel Mitchell and Jess Tupman
Lunchtime: Michael Brewster
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.