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Summer Term Weekly Challenges!


Hello everyone. We hope you have all been well and that you have all managed to settle into a good routine, juggling family life, home schooling and working from home.

We want to support you as much as possible during this difficult time so will be adding activities for you to do below and sending each of you personal challenges on the Evidence for Learning portal, which are related to your IEPs.

We know that your days will all look different at home so please find a good routine that suits you and your family, don’t put too much pressure on yourselves, but try to get some fresh air each day, work towards your IEPs daily where possible, keep active continuing with any physio activities you have and try some of the below activities when you can.

We will update this page regularly however it is beneficial to have repetition with many of these activities so there may only be a few new weekly uploads. You could share the same story each week and do sensology daily for example to look for greater exploration or increased anticipation, understanding and communication.

It has been wonderful to see what some of you have been up to at home, please keep the emails and portal photos/videos coming and we will reply to you personally. Also let us know whether you would be happy for these to be uploaded to our class page as a celebration of their learning.

We will continue to be in touch weekly now that Easter is over, but please get in touch via email if you need us before and we will do our best to help with anything.

 

Repeated activities/songs you could try daily or each week

Hello song:

You could do this as a family, how will you all say hello? We like high fives and hugs in class Rowan as well as our Ayup and Hello switches.

Singing hello!

How will you say Hello?


Sensology:

Wake up some of your senses – Sensology.pdf

Eyes       Nose       Tongue       Ears       Hands


Topic songs/nursery or number rhymes:

Give opportunities to choose, either waiting for facial expressions for preferred songs, choosing between objects e.g. toy boat (row row) or teddy (round and round the garden) or by selecting photos or symbols.
Song List
Song Photos To Choose From


Get Physical:

Do your daily physio, try yoga, go for a walk or see how many bounces you can do on the trampoline!! Have fun 🙂


Stop and Go:

Put on your favourite music, pause it at intervals and wait for communication of ‘more’. Wait for vocalising, facial expressions, body language or use the symbol board, then start the music and dance again as soon as they have asked for more. What is your favourite song or dance move? Here are a few of our class favourites.
Stop & Go Symbols Board

Let It Go

Farmer Rock Anthem

Happy


Tac Pac:

Tac Pac draws together touch and music to create a structured half hour session of sensory communication.

To access Tac Pac: Set 5 for free for 3 months please go to https://tacpac.co.uk/product/set-5 and at the checkout add the code 8Q7A3TXS.

There are short video clips to support you to use TacPac and music to go along with each section. Their Facebook page is also updated regularly with short help videos designed especially for parents.


Play:

Most importantly stay safe and have fun together. Choose different activities you can do together from our play idea sheets.
Home play and learning ideas – PMLD group
Home play and learning ideas – active group

Resources and Videos

Week 1 and 2:

Home pack Info sent home
Garden Scavenger
Recipes for early years
50 things – Activity list
Easter egg basket template

Week Commencing 20th April 2020

If you have them at home, explore some bells to get ready for music.

Share our class welcome song.

Listen to ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’. Enjoy the rhythm of the music, you can dance, feeling it on body or play along with different instruments or items you have at home. Have you got a ball you could bounce on as you are listening? Or what about laying on the floor and feeling the beat being patted around your body.

Remember the music goes from quiet and slow and gets louder and Louder and LOUDER…

The class have really enjoyed this song, especially when we have used our voices to say ‘quiet’ and ‘louder’ along with different instruments. Try a different instrument or movement each time you listen, which do you prefer?

In the Hall of the Mountain King

Music Intro

Music Symbol Board


Story: A Shark In the Park – Video

Week Beginning 4th May 2020


Music:

If you have them at home, explore some bells to get ready for music.
Share our class welcome song.
Listen to ‘Rosie’ together. This song has a strong beat which is great to either feel on your body or listen to with two stones or sticks being banged together. How about going on a walk to find some stones or sticks before you do music.
You could move in different ways in music today, what will you do? Why not try being patted on two alternating body parts, do you know where the pat will go next?

“Rosie” ( African American Work Song) – Production Version


Story

Walking Through The Jungle

Week commencing 11th May 2020

If you have them at home, explore some bells to get ready for music.

Share our class welcome song.
Welcome Song – Video

Warm your body up to ‘shake it out’. Have some help to move or have deep pressure through your body parts and get ready for playing your instruments
Shake It Out – Video

Enjoy listening and joining in with our copy me song. Make your own sounds with any instrument or object you have in the house. You can investigate which sounds you like and choose your favourite before we sing.
Copy Me – Video

Listen to shake and stop and control when we start shaking again by making your own sounds.
Shake And Stop – Video

Story
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – Video

Share some of the foods during or after the story. Which are your favourites to smell or taste? Can you ask for more by reaching, turning towards them, smiling, using your switch, eyes, symbols or words?

Week commencing 18th May 2020

Parachute songs

I thought we would share some of our parachute songs this week. This is a great opportunity to encourage communication, be that anticipating what is going to happen, choosing the song, showing likes or dislikes or letting others know that they want more. Some of you may even want to focus on using the words ‘slow’, ‘fast’, ‘up’ and ‘down’ on the guided language board below.

If you have more than one person to help with your ‘parachute’ that’s great but don’t worry if not as using a thin sheet can be easy to do on your own and create the same effect. Grab a big blanket, sheet or duvet and lets go. You can share a song along with me and then do it on our own so you can leave an appropriate amount of time for pauses and communication.
Guided language board – PDF


Shake and stop
Use big pauses and only start again when your child has told you. This may be by looking, reaching or using their voice.
Shake and stop song – Video


Tickle / cuddle
Get ready to tickle and cuddle. Do this more than once and look for the anticipation of the tickle or cuddle.
Tickle and cuddle song – Video


What shall we do with our big blanket?
Sung to ‘what shall we do with the drunken sailor?’ what is your favourite? Fast?, slow? Up and down?
What shall we do with our big blanket song – Video


Its oh so quiet song
Listen and move your blanket along to the music. Slow and quietly to start with and faster movements and louder singing as the music speeds up. This song gives a few opportunities for fast and slow throughout the music.
It’s Oh So Quiet – Video

Or choose your own favourite song. Let us know what song you have enjoyed!

Story
Listen to the story of Rabbits nap. You could join in with some of the loud noises. You could use saucepan lids, wooden spoons or just bang your hands on the table. You could even use a pillow and blanket at the end to pretend to snooze like rabbit.
Rabbits nap – Video


Number rhymes
I have shared a rhyme of 3 little ducks for you and your children to join in with. Remember you can change it up a bit and add other characters if you don’t have ducks. This is a great opportunity to see how your children respond to rhymes. Do they like the actions? what do they do in the pauses? Are they attempting to join in and take a duck away?
Three little ducks intro – Video
Three little ducks – Video

Week commencing 1st June 2020

Story

The Scary Monster – gather some objects from around your home to help make this a sensory story. All you need is a wet cloth, a bowl and spoon, a glass of milk and a blanket or towel. Have some fun pretending to cook and be a scary monster.
The Scary Monster – Video


Mug Cake

Mug cake – Have fun making your own mug cake, you can taste and smell some of the ingredients before getting your bowl and mixing them all together. All you need is 4 spoons of self raising flour, 4 spoons of sugar, 3 spoons of 0il, 3 spoons of milk, 1 egg and 2 spoons of chocolate powder. Once it is made enjoy sharing it with your family just like Pip and Posy in the story.
Mug Cake – Video

Song

3 little men – Get creative with some toilet rolls and make some aliens for our song. Join in with that pause and woosh. Make sure to repeat so your child can anticipate the woosh.
3 little men in a flying saucer – Video

Week beginning 8th June 2020

Story

Each time the repeating line of ‘squash and squeeze’ is said you can feel yourself being squashed or even squash something you have in your house, like a cushion or soft ball. How about trying some of the animals sounds too.
A squash and a Squeeze – Video


Slime making

Have fun making your own slime, you can taste and smell some of the ingredients before getting your bowl and mixing them all together.

Once it is made enjoy moving your hands or feet in it to explore what it feels like. How about trying to squash, squeeze and pull your slime.


Edible

Chocolate Goo 1 – PDF
Chocolate Goo 2 -PDF

You will need condensed milk, chocolate sauce and cornflour

Sticky Icky – Tasty Slime 1 – PDF
Sticky Icky – Tasty Slime 2 – PDF

You will need Marshmallows, cornflour and icing sugar

Bear Necessities 1 – PDF
Bear Necessities 2 – PDF

You will need gummy bears or similar sweets, cornflour and icing sugar


Non-edible

Stretchy Slime 1 – PDF
Stretchy Slime 2 – PDF

You will need PVA glue, bicarbonate of soda, food colouring or paint and eyewash containing boric acid or sodium borate.

Fluffy Slime 1 – PDF
Fluffy Slime 2 – PDF

You will need shaving foam, PVA glue, bicarbonate of soda, food colouring or paint and eyewash containing boric acid or sodium borate.


Song

If your happy and you know it – Video

I let to – Video

With help, warm your hands up with a song and your slime or any other dough you have. Then you’ll be more ready to have a go on your own.

Week Beginning 15th June 2020

Timetable – PDF


Story

Share ‘The Blue Abyss’ story together. Use the music as gentle background music as it includes sound effects and try adding some of the props to make it sensory if you have any around the house.

The blue abyss (sensory story) – PDF

Blue Abyss music and sound effects – Video

  • Props you may have around the house
  • Sand or grains from the kitchen cupboard
  • Some shells or stones
  • Bubble wrap or polystyrene
  • Strips of plastic carrier bag in water or for you to dangle
  • Bubbles (you can make these with soap, water and your hand or our hand made bubble blower below)
  • Strips of cooked lasagne/old spinach or anything that’s slimy in you water bowl

Bubbles

Don’t have any bubbles? Don’t worry, make bubbles with some soap and your hand or our homemade bubble blowers. You can even try taping a sock over the end of your bottle to make a huge bubble snake… wow  

Bubbles – Video


Songs

Enjoy sharing a few of our water songs this week, watch the video or explore your water tray or spray whist listening.

It’s raining, it’s pouring – Video

Singing in the rain – Video

Rain, rain go away – Video

Itsy Bitsy Spider – Video


Music and massage

This is all about communication, what your child is saying to you, what are you saying to them – focus on this and build a sensory vocabulary.

You can’t go wrong – follow the beat, that is the only rule!

You will need:

  • A scarf or piece of fabric 
  • chop stick/spatula or smooth stick
  • A squeezy bottle for puffing air out of  
  • Wrapping paper for scrunching or a scouring pad  
  • Massage oil or cream

Music and Massage – PDF

Week beginning 22nd June 2020 – Nature art

Timetable – PDF


Sign of the week

Sign along with Miss Castel and learn how to sign “Nature” and “art”
Sign of the week: Nature – PDF


Story

Share the story together. You could choose the one read by Miss Evan from pine, the Makaton sign version or the German version read by Mrs Douglas´ husband. You could also try to tap a rhythm on your knees as you read the story. Have a go at making some of the Bear hunt sensory bags and bottles and use them as part of the story.

Bear Hunt – Video Read by Miss Evans

Bear hunt in German – Video Read by Mrs Douglas´ husband.

Bear hunt with Makaton sign – Video

Props

Have a go at making some of your own sensory props to go along with the story. You will need 5 clear food bags or bottles and something from each of the sections below.

Bear hunt sensory bags and bottles – PDF

Things you could use.

Grass – grass from the garden, straw, paper strips. Pasta to make a nice sound

Snowstorm – cotton wool, flour, cornflour, icing sugar or shredded paper. Rice to make a nice rain sound.

Forest – sticks, wooden chips.

River – water, blue food colouring, bubble bath, blue water and veg oil mixed.

Mud – soil from garden, gravy granules.

Cave – a nice big blanket.

Bear – a teddy bear but any soft toy with eyes nose and hear would do.


Songs

Enjoy sharing a few of our number songs this week, watch the videos and sing along with the rhymes.

Number songs and rhymes – PDF


Music and massage

Nature sounds and bird song waterfall – Video

Beautiful relaxing music and bird song – Video

This is all about relaxing and connecting. Listen to the soothing sounds of nature (use links below)while massaging your child’s hands and feet. Pause at points to see if your child indicates they want more. Take note of how they show they want more or do they show they have had enough.

You will need:

Massage or cream or vegetable oil.

A comfortable place to sit or lay down and a blanket to snuggle under.


Music

Story of flowers animation – Video

Story of flowers 2 – Video

Watch or listen to story of flowers video on the web page. Try stretching your arms up high and growing like a plant. Maybe you could tap out the rhythm of the music on your childs body you’re your fingers.


Cooking

Sensory Strawberry cheesecake – PDF

This recipe is cooked by an adult while your child explores the ingredients as you go through. The whole family can then enjoy the taste.

Explore each ingredient as you go, taste, smell touch them. With each different ingredient give your child time to explore. Look for your child requesting more or showing likes and dislikes. Encourage then to use both hands. It could get messy but that’s part of the fun so be sure to wear an apron or old clothes.

Week beginning 29th June 2020 – Me, Myself and I

Timetable – PDF


Sign of the week

Sign along with Miss Castell and learn how to sign “Mirror” and “Photograph”.
Me, Myself and I – Video


Story

Listen to Mrs Skillington read ‘Fins, Fluff and Other Stuff’.

Fins, Fluff and Other Stuff – Video

If you like, you can explore some of the sensory elements of the story as we go along (pausing the video to give yourself more time) or choice some to investigate for longer at the end of our story.

Parents: as well as creating visual and auditory effects that will be interesting to look at and to request more of, give lots of opportunities for free exploration so your child can discover what items are and what they can do themselves.

Sensory items you could use:

Scales and fins: Something slimy like cooked lasagna sheets, or something shiny

Fluffy stuff: cotton wool

Soapy suds: Bubbles or soap bar

Water: in a spray or shallow tray

Lolly pops: a sweet or taste of sugar

Cobwebs: String, thread, wool or a piece of silk fabric

Needles: A stick or chopstick, but not too sharp!

Flowers: Flower or perfume

Twigs and leaves

Feathers: or a soft piece of fabric

Metal: try 2 metal objects that will sound good banged together

Skin and bones: A mirror


Songs

Here are some body and action songs to enjoy this week.

This is me – Video

If our happy and you know it – Video

Shake it out – Video


What I like – Sensology

This week is all about Me, Myself and I.

Look around your house and find:

  • something you like to touch
  • something you like to taste or smell and
  • something you like the sound of

Listen to the “Sensology” and “I have a body” song before exploring your favorite things. Share what your favorites are on Evidence for Learning or over an email.

Sensology – PDF


Playdough

One of my favourite things to make with you at school is playdough. Enjoy making some at home with your family and add your favourite smells from the kitchen.

Playdough – PDF


Music

This week enjoy a wonderful music session with Jessie’s Fund. You don’t need anything to join in but if you have got something to drum (box, drum, tub) and something to shake you can all join in with the music.

Jessie’s Fund: Music Session – Video

Week beginning 6th July 2020 – Food

Timetable – PDF


Sign of the week
Sign along with Miss Castell and learn how to sign “food” and “cook”.
Sign of the week -Video


Story

Listen to Mrs Douglas read ‘Grandad pot’.

Grandad pot – Video

If you like, you can explore some of the sensory elements of the story as we go along (pausing the video to give yourself more time) or choice some to investigate for longer at the end of our story.

Parents: give lots of opportunities for free exploration so your child can discover what items are and what they smell, feel and taste like. Give time to see what they can do themselves.

Sensory items you could use:

Jelly

Bread and bananas

Cake, flour or dough mixture.

Sausage or other meat like ham, chicken.

Ice cream or ice cubes.

Some toys or teddies.


Songs

Here are some food songs to enjoy this week.

Cauliflower fluffy – video

Food glorious food – video

Patacake – video

do you like broccoli ice cream – video


What I like – Sensology

This week is all about Food .

Look around your house and find:

  • Some food you like to touch
  • Some food you like to taste
  • Some food you like to smell

Listen to the Sensology and I have a body song before exploring your favourite things. Share what your favourites are on Evidence for Learning or over an email.

Sensology – PDF

Chocolate crispy cakes

Look in the cupboards to see what you can find to make these simple cakes.

Take time to explore, touch, taste and smell each ingredient, before mixing it in. If there is some spare cereal it’s a great opportunity to work on hand skills. Crushing or moving the cereal around the bowl or tray or working on picking small pieces up to eat.

Chocolate Crispy Cakes – PDF


Music

This week enjoy a wonderful music session with Jessie’s Fund. You don’t need anything to join in but if you have got something to drum (box, drum, tub) something to shake (rice or pasta in a tub) and a light scarf or fabric you can all join in with the music.

Jessie’s Fund – Video


Music and Massage

Relax and have a massage on your hands and feet while listening to the familiar music we play in school.

Music And Massage – Video


Play

Get out the old clothes and aprons or even go outside in the garden for this one as it could be messy.

Prepare some of the foods below in shallow trays or bowls. Encourage your child to smell, taste (where appropriate) and touch the food. Give them lots of time to explore and find out about each food.

You may want to explore several food in one session or just stick with one. For those children who are motivated by specific objects you could try hiding things like cars or bricks in the food for them to find.

But most of all have fun, get messy and be silly.

Sensory food suggestions:

  • Cooked spaghetti
  • Jelly
  • Cornflour and water
  • Dry flour and then add water to make dough
  • Butter
  • Tined beans or spaghetti
  • Dry pasta
  • Dry rice.
  • Sliced bread
  • Dry gravy granules or mixed with water
  • Banana or other ripe fruit.

Or any left over vegetables.

Week beginning 13th July 2020 – Food

This week is about enjoying activities together, with people in your house and any friends you may now be seeing.

Timetable – PDF


Sign of the week

Sign along with Miss Castell and learn how to sign ‘family, friends, fun, together and hug’.
Family & Friends – Video


Story

Listen to Mrs Skillington read ‘Meet the Parents’ or try the ‘Friendship poem’ story massage.
Meet the Parents – Video
Friendship poem story Massage – Video


Songs

Here are some songs to enjoy this week.

Singing Walrus – Friends Song – Video

Toy Story: You’ve got a Friend in me – Video

KIDZ BOP Friends – Video

You ain’t never had a friend like me – Video

We’re all in this together – Video

I love you – Video

The more we get together – Video

Baby shark – Video


Music

This week make some music with Soundabout.

You will need something to shake (maraca, bottle with rice, pan etc) or drum (drums, pan, box etc), something metal (keys, pan, bells etc) and something that makes a breeze (a fan, a piece of paper etc).


Get physical

Try Physibods, a music and body awareness session. Find somewhere comfortable to lay down and show us what you can you do with your body?
Physibods – Video


Play

Play with your favourite game or toy and take turns with someone in your family.

What is your favourite thing at home?

Can you ask for more when you want another go?

Can you choose your favourite from 2 or more different items?


Cooking

Help to get a meal ready with your family. Prepare some of the foods in a shallow tray or bowl. Smell, taste (where appropriate) and touch the food. Give lots of time to explore and find out about each different food.