Welcome to the Swans Class!


The Swans access a wide range of communication strategies, known as a “Total Communication” approach, to aid both their receptive and expressive communication. This ensures that the children are consistently and appropriately cued in to everything that they do across their school day, enabling the children to have a developing understanding of their daily routine, and what is happening next.

Below is a list of the approaches used in the Swans to aid the children in their communication skills, which then allows them to access their learning:

  • Signalong
  • On body signing
  • Symbols
  • Vocalisations
  • Intensive interactions
  • Real objects
  • Sensory cueing
  • Speech
  • Use of Big Macs (Voice output device)


The children in the Swan’s class access a multi-sensory approach to the curriculum, to support all learning styles and preferences.  We use a wide range of strategies and approaches to develop a wide range of skills, and work alongside multiple agencies, including Physiotherapy and the Visual Impairment Team, to ensure that all needs are met, and a holistic approach is provided.

Getting Ready For Learning

Getting ready for learning is a crucial part of our approach in the Swan’s, to ensure that the children are comfortable, and their wellbeing is in a positive state, prior to learning activities.  The class team work closely together to provide the children with a vibrant, positive and supportive environment, ensuring that they are supported in getting ready for their learning, through hollistic therapy and repositioning in accordance with the children’s physiotherapy guidelines, which then allows learning to take place without it being compromised.


Teacher: Terri Unsworth

HLTA: Joanne Tierney

TAs: Ann Armstrong-Marshall and Sam Bacon

Mid Day Leader: 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