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how we communicate in school

Please take a look at all of the different ways we communicate with our children and the ways in which we teach them to communicate with us (Please also see the link "Communication at home" for more detailed information.)

We use basic makaton to support our spoken language and strengthen our children's understanding.

We have a visual class timetable, but all of our children also use either their own visual schedule with symbols or objects to show them where they are going throughout their day.

Some children also have their own communication books so they are able to request the things they need. Around the classroom, we have 'toilet' and 'drink' symbols and we teach the children to use these when requesting.

Some of our children use a "Now and Next" board when they are working, with visual symbols. We allow the children to make a choice about what/where they will go next, so that they know once all of their hard work is complete they get to participate in a fun activity.  This helps to motivate our children and reduce anxiety.

Widgit symbols are used extensively to support receptive understanding and expressive communication for the children.  Please see below for an example of our most commonly used symbols.   

If you would like more information on the ways in which we communicate then please email dbrewe@grafton.bardaglea.org.uk or speak to a member of staff after school and we will be happy to provide you with more information.