Wrens

Welcome to the Wrens Class! 


Communication

The Wrens use a ‘Total Communication’ approach throughout the learning day in order to stimulate and develop early communication skills. This also supports the children in understanding their daily routine in school.

The children are encouraged to use and develop communication methods that are appropriate to their individual needs with advice provided by the Speech and Language Therapy team which will be followed and incorporated into daily activities.

Below is a list of the approaches used in the Wrens to support the children in their communication skills:

  • Signalong
  • Body signs
  • Photos and Symbols
  • Vocalisations
  • Intensive interactions
  • Real objects
  • Sensory referencing
  • Speech
  • Use of Big Mac switches
  • Auditory scanning technique
  • Simple language

Organisation

The Wrens follow a Personalised Learning Plan which is unique for every child and is based on their individual learning style, needs, stage of development and interests. Each day the children engage in creative learning opportunities as a whole class, in small group, or individually with close support from the class team. Learning takes place both indoors and outdoors and across different learning environments across school such as the MILE room, studio, pool etc.


Learning Styles

All the children are at the emergent stage of learning and need lots of support, time and repetition. We follow a creative and engaging multi-sensory approach to learning, using lots of real objects and hands on experiences, ensuring that the Wrens are as independent and successful as possible in whatever they do. Learning Through Play forms the basis of our learning approaches with all sessions adapted to meet individual interests and maximise engagement and motivation.

Safe, Happy, Learning at all times!


Getting Ready For Learning

We use the most appropriate Learning Strategies and Styles for each individual child which enables us to provide an Holistic approach to support them in Getting Ready for Learning.

Before we start our sessions, all the team make sure the children are happy, safe, comfortable, and positioned correctly in their chairs, on the Acheeva, in a standing frame, or on the cushions.


Key Days / Activities

Monday – Swimming (On a rota basis)

Thursday – Being in Nature (Outdoor Learning)

Candle time will take place at the end of each school day – this is an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon what the children have achieved or done during the day and to encourage them to relax before going home.

Throughout the year the children will engage in a variety of activities planned around other focused days for example World Book Day etc.


Staff

Teacher: Louisa Carter

TAs: Madeleine Morris, Alison Mottershead and Jabulile Mazibuko

Mid Day Leader: Carole Gordon


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.