Welcome to the Penguins Class! 


The Penguins class uses a Total Communication approach which incorporates Intensive Interaction,

Real Objects, Photographs  and PECs to enable children to develop their communication skills in an appropriate and meaningful way.


Each session the children work in 2 groups – taking part in 2 activities. The children have movement breaks between each session to ensure that they are ready for learning. The children’s day is structured to provide opportunities for:

  • Sensory exploration
  • Development of communication skills
  • Investigation of the environment
  • Child-led play
  • Problem solving
  • Physical activity and movement to music
  • Modelling and practice of new skills
  • Development of independence and daily living skills

Learning Styles

Children in the Penguins learn through sensory and active exploration and child-led play.

Getting Ready for Learning

We use a variety of different approaches such as Intensive Interaction and Developmental Movement Play.

Key Days / Activities

  • Monday – Play My Way
  • Tuesday – Being in Nature – the Jungle
  • Wednesday – Swimming or Developmental Movement Play in the Studio
  • Thursday – Rebound Therapy
  • Friday – Celebration Assembly


Teacher: Emma Hamnett and Sajida Zaheer

HLTA: Debbie Riley

TAs: Allyce Firth, Molly Price and Ellie Towers

Mid Day Leader: Paula Wright

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.