Welcome to the Robins Class!
We use several approaches throughout our school day to enable the children to share their needs and wants with others’, to receive information, to greet others and to develop and build relationships. These strategies include Intensive Interaction, use of sensory cues and Big Mack switches.
The Robins have a very large classroom in which we are able to work in various ways across the day to ensure a range of approaches and size of groupings are accessed. For some sessions we work collaboratively, participating in a carousel of activities, where small groups of children move around several different activities, whilst for others we stay in our class group to access sessions in the classroom environment, as well as other learning spaces within the school, such as the MILE Room and the Studio.
The Robins children learn in a multi-sensory way, and we ensure that this is provided in all learning opportunities on offer throughout the day. We consider access requirements at all times to ensure that the children are supported to access their own learning with as much independence as possible.
Getting Ready For Learning
As the children arrive in the morning, they are provided with a hand massage, to both enable them to feel completely relaxed after their journey into school, as well as relaxing their hands, ready to access their learning.
Each day we ensure that the children have several opportunities to be repositioned, including time out on the floor, in standing frames, and class chairs. This not only allows the children to develop their gross motor skills, but it also enables them to develop their skills in accessing their learning in different ways.
At 10.30am each day we have a snack, for those children for whom it is suitable, to ensure that all of the children are ready to access their learning.
Key Days / Activities
M – Swimming/being in nature
T – Sensory story/ move and mark
W – DMP (Developmental Movement Play)/sensory art
Th – Rebound therapy/MILE room
F – Music/ computing
Teacher: Bev Lees
TAs: Anne Tomlinson, Nic Meyers, Sarah Lees and Pam Seers
Mid Day Leaders: Rachel Williamson
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 the 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.