Welcome to the Skylarks Class! 


A Total communication approach is used in the Skylarks including Signalong, symbols, choice making from real objects and/or photographs and objects to cue children into activities.


Children work in groups of 4, 2 or sometimes 1:1.

Lots of emphasis is placed on physical development and children have regular sensory breaks and time out of their wheelchairs/class chairs.

Learning Styles

The Skylarks are at the exploratory stage of their development. They learn best when given real objects and experiences to investigate and explore, so much of our learning is based on active engagement.

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

  • Swimming – Tuesday (please remember to send in your child’s swimming kit)
  • PE – Tuesday
  • Sensory Art – Wednesday


Teacher: Terri Unsworth (3 days – Mon-Wed), Kim Pattillo (2 days – Thurs and Fri)

TAs: Vivienne Halliwell, Alice Firth and Ann Stuart

Mid Day Leaders: Steph Grundy and Hayley 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 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.