Welcome to the Swans Class!


The Swans use variety of communication tools otherwise known as a “Total Communication” approach. This approach allows the children to be cued into everything that they do on a daily basis, which allows the children to have an understanding of their daily routine.

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
  • Symbols
  • Vocalisations
  • Intensive interactions
  • Real objects
  • Sensory referencing
  • Speech
  • Use of Big Macs
  • Auditory scanning technique


The learning styles of the children in Swans are very diverse; some children are auditory sensory, while others are visual sensory etc. Hence to accommodate the different type of learners a multi-sensory approach is used in all of the sessions, to ensure that an opportunity of learning is provided to all of the children.

Getting Ready For Learning

The most important thing for our children is to ensure that they are comfortable and that their wellbeing is in a positive state. Hence all of the staff work closely together to provide the children with a vibrant 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