Welcome to the Pelicans Class!
A Total Communication approach is used in the Pelicans class including Intensive Interaction, sensory cues, real objects, Signalong, photographs, and symbols.
A selection of these approaches, individualised to support your child’s level of communication are used throughout the day to cue the children in to different activities and enable them to make choice.
Children work in groups of various sizes, depending on the activity. This could be whole class activities, groups of 4, 2 or sometimes 1:1. Sessions are mostly adult directed with a familiar structure with some child led investigative and sensory exploration sessions.
The classroom is divided into two separate spaces. One section is for table top activities and a designated movement space allows children who are mobile to have a space to explore and play. Lots of emphasis is placed on physical development and the children have regular sensory breaks and time out of their wheelchairs/class chairs. We have an outdoor learning environment accessible directly from our classroom, which we use regularly.
The Pelicans are at the exploratory stage of their development. The children learn best when given real objects and experiences to investigate and explore, so much of our learning is based on active engagement. We undertake activities that focus on the development of communication and social skills as these are key to the children in the Pelicans. We facilitate turn taking, watching, waiting and anticipating as well as sensory activities that use resources that are highly engaging and motivating.
Getting Ready For Learning
We use a variety of different approaches such as Developmental Movement Play, massage and sensory diet activities where children can use a range of equipment appropriate to their individual needs, which may be linked to their sensory profile if they have one.
Key Days / Activities
Throughout each day the children will be engaged in messy activities – your children’s clothes WILL get messy. Please can you ensure your child has spare clothes in school each day.
We have a swimming slot planned for a Monday morning. Children will access this on a rota basis.
Teacher: Nic Smith
TAs: Nicola Hicklin, Ann Stuart, Stephanie Grundy
Mid Day Leader: Deborah Sellars
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 terms signs of the week for this term 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.