Toucans

Welcome to the Toucans Class


Communication

In the Toucans we use a Total Communication approach; supporting each individual’s ability to communicate effectively through the use of Signalong, real objects, photographs, symbols, gesture and speech etc. Where applicable, the children are also encouraged to use their communication aids e.g. communication books to support their language. Advice provided by the Speech and Language Therapy team is incorporated into daily activities and 1:1 sessions focused on Speech and Language Therapy targets are also in place for children known to this service.


Organisation

The Toucans follow a personalised learning plan with the use of both whole class and small group sessions to allow differentiation. This allows for the learning time to be individualised to the level/target for each child and for children working on similar targets to work together.

Throughout the week children will be given a variety of opportunities that also promotes development within social and well-being skills ie personal care skills, turn taking, transactions. Where appropriate, children will also access interventions (e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy and Rebound therapy) on a 1:1 basis.


Learning Styles

The Toucans learn best through practical, hands on activities with sensory approaches and experiences which enable the children to consolidate their learning by seeing and feeling; this is often done through continuous provision style learning. Sensory breaks between focused learning sessions also help the children stay focused and ‘ready to learn’.


Getting Ready For Learning

The children in the Toucans access regular movement and sensory breaks both within our classroom and the outdoor area throughout the day. They receive holistic therapy sessions each week to support children with emotional regulation and cognitive focus. Sensory Profiles are used to ensure that the children have the correct equipment to support them to be ready to learn. Before our dinner break and again at the end of the school day the children have a relaxation session to settle them and help to prepare them for their journey home.


Key Days / Activities

  • Thursday: Swimming – Hydrotherapy pool
  • Friday: P.E, Class Assembly

Staff

Teacher: Abbie Donaldson, Carol Whitehead (1 Day)

TAs: Diane Molden and Michelle Seers

Mid Day Leader: Jane Lees


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


Lunchtime

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.