Welcome to the Ravens Class! 


In the Ravens we use a Total Communication approach – a combination of spoken word, sign, symbols, photographs and real objects.  This is all in place to ensure that the children can make sense of the world around them.


The Ravens class is highly structured and we use lots of organisational styles in our learning.  We promote independent learning through workstations.  We learn how to work alongside others in small group work and sometimes we all work together if it’s appropriate.

Learning Styles

The Ravens are a very physically active class and we use lots of movement in our learning such as outdoor play and whole body movements in Move and Mark. The Ravens also need lots of visual prompts to learn something and so these are always available.

Getting Ready for Learning

We begin every day with ‘choosing time’ so that the children can regulate themselves at the start of each day, in an appropriate, self-chosen way.  As part of our morning routine we complete a very short registration session and then take part in Wake Up Shake Up dances followed by a meditation like Flow or Breathe from GoNoodle.

We use sensory breaks to enable our bodies to regulate and be ready to learn.

Key Days / Activities

Monday afternoon is our PE afternoon. You do not need a sport’s kit but if you would like, you can send in some trainers for your child to wear. 

On Tuesday morning, Year 6 pupils will go swimming at Royton Baths. The Ravens have access to the Kingfisher Splash on Friday afternoon.

We do some kind of physical activity and learning every day so comfy shoes are best for school.


Teacher: Sam Lord

TAs: Lindy Cartwright, Stacey McDonald and Matthew Brook

Mid Day Leader: Sophie Clayton

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.