New Year Lockdown – Home Learning
Week Commencing 6th January 2021
How can I help my child to learn at home?
Helping sensory learners get the most from their learning can be daunting. But there are simple things you can do to make the most of learning at home.
- Play! In Cherry class we have a very simple rule. If you (the adult) aren’t having fun, neither is the child. And if the child isn’t having fun, they’re not learning as much. Fun doesn’t have to mean constant high energy, but it will help your child if you are as absorbed in the activity as you want them to be.
- Show me. Show me what you want me to do and what you’re looking for in an activity. If you want me to be calm, excited or investigative, show me what this looks like with your body.
- Let me show you. Make sure you’re giving me a chance to do things for myself. I’ll learn much more this way. Watch what I do, and have a go at doing things my way, too. There’s not always a ‘right’ way to do things.
- Chat to me. Tell me what you’re doing and experiencing. Try using my communication system to talk to me. Copy my movements and sounds to show me you’re listening to me.
- Repeat. It can take us time to build our skills in Cherry class. If I’ve enjoyed something do it again, and again and again!
Links to lessons
You class teacher will offer you lessons over zoom (there will be links emailed to you) but if you need something different, different times or anything extra, these are some great links to use.
- Who is in the room? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uCpkEMES5I
Shout your name, use your talker or vocalise to tell us who is in the room. Your parents might shout your name for you to listen to if you are still learning to recognise it.
- Fireworks, Attention Autism: https://classroom.thenational.academy/specialist/subjects/creative-arts/access-points/early-development/lessons/creating-music-celebrations-and-festivals-crtkad
Follow along to this great Attention Autism session by the Oak Academy
- Attention Autism: Stage 1 – A ‘How to’ for parents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMOHHFFtcQA&list=PL8LYXYdFVswrDMyhKxh4ZTuGdMBVMV5qb&index=3
If you want to make your own bucket sessions at home, the founder of Attention Autism shows you how.
- We say hello like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-livbAZ7SeQ
Try this with different instruments/ noisemakers. Different instruments use different skills. Can your child choose which one?
- Jessie’s Fund: Exploring the Forrest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwILv9M_iVM
Follow along with this wonderful interactive session. Jessie’s Fund do other fantastic videos, too!
- Big Top Music: Ice World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weW2M7lPyJU
A fully guided session taking you through lots of different aspects of music
- Interactive space Music session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJUUl9DoqcA&list=PLbuCpILE3ob9REpCTnKuEE4WI0nmGbwIb&index=4
A lovely, relaxing interactive music session.
- Sensory Circuits: https://classroom.thenational.academy/specialist/subjects/early-development-learning/access-points/early-development/units/sensory-circuit-1-1cc8
A fully guided sensory circuit to try with your child
- Physibods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TmvZ7AYMpM&t=460s
A fun, movement session. Experiment with the moves together.
- Icing sugar galaxies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzjKdDtOPMk&list=PLbuCpILE3ob9REpCTnKuEE4WI0nmGbwIb&index=1
- Sensory planet balloons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0o2u7C4yLo&list=PLbuCpILE3ob9REpCTnKuEE4WI0nmGbwIb&index=3
“Wild”, by Emily Hughes.
In 1725, a boy from Hameln in Northern Germany, ‘raised in the forest by wolves’ came to live in the King’s court in England. ‘Wild’ tells the story of a girl raised in the forest, who finds life in a house very strange! Enjoy the story, and find the sensory props and activities on the ‘Wild – with notes’ page.
“The Magic Paintbrush”
Sing and Sign
Week Commencing 20th July 2020
This week, our theme is Picnics, and we’ll be thinking about the perfect British picnic! This is the perfect opportunity to choose what you would like to take with you when you venture out – try lots of different foods, drinks and smells, pack a hamper and enjoy an afternoon in the sun! If an edible picnic isn’t possible, why not try making some great choices about which toys to bring with you?
Have a go at helping to make some of the things for your picnic – there’s a recipe below for some simple bread, and you could try using it to make your own sandwiches. Make sure to send us some pictures of your preparations and picnics!
Watch or read ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ together. Try some of the food and drink Sophie serves. You might want to talk about whether the Tiger behaves well, and how you can be kind at your picnic!
The Tiger Who Came To Tea – Video
Bread and sandwiches are an important part of any British picnic. Try making your own with this recipe
Make your own bread – PDF
Nothing feels more British than a good cup of tea. Try some multi-sensory art together, using tea and coffee.
Tea and coffee art – PDF
Week Commencing 13th July 2020
We hope you are all keeping well and safe in these uncertain times. Miss Rodgers and Mr Sheppard will be joint planning for both Cherry and Maple during lockdown. This week will look at the country of the India. This links with our whole school week theme of Friends and Family Our story this is the classic Rudyard Kipling story of the Jungle Book. This is a story of how a little boy makes friends with some unlikely animals. We will be listening to traditional Raga music and the more contemporary Bhangra music. We will work on rhythms and make loud and quiet sounds. If you are feeling adventurous you could even attempt to add texture to the music by adding and taking instruments out that you are playing. We will be looking at the famous Ornithologist Salim Ali. For this we are encouraging you to venture safely outside to listen and watch birds. You could make bird feeders for them as well as collage using feathers and sticks. We will investigate Thomas Edison and his light bulb creation as well as electricity as a whole. Finally we will cook the traditional Indian food of Samosas as well as a carrot and milk dessert food called Gajar ka Halwa. Please remember to take photos and videos of your work and email them to the class teacher so that we can celebrate and share the work. Stay Safe
Miss Rodgers and Mr Sheppard
Week Commencing 6th July 2020
This week, our focus on food takes us to Kenya, where Handa is hoping to surprise her friend with some fruit! Enjoy this story with your child and try using the sensory resources to have fun, and practice your interactions and communication! There’s a lovely animation of this story here if you want to watch it together:
Handa’s Surprise Picture Book Animation
Handa’s Surprise – PPT (Requires Powerpoint)
From Kenya, to the Bake-off tent! Try some messy mark-making with this Bake-off bunting, have a go at our sensory ‘technical challenge’ by making some cake-pops, and get creative with this lovely gingerbread play-dough recipe!
Week Commencing 29th June 2020
We hope you are all keeping well and safe in these uncertain times. Miss Rodgers and Mr Sheppard will be joint planning for both Cherry and Maple during lockdown. This week will look at the country of the USA. This links with our whole school week theme of Me Myself and I. Our story takes places in the wild west and is about a 3 javelinas of want to build a house and a coyote who wants to eat them. We will be creating Totem poles, decorating them and knocking them down. As well as looking at other Native American Arts and Crafts activites Listen to Rock ‘n’ Roll icons such as Bill Hailey, Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis whilst practicing making our own beats and rocking out to 50s and 60s Rock ‘n’ Roll. We will investigate Thomas Edison and his light bulb creation as well as electricity as a whole. Finally we will cook the traditional 4th July food of Apple Pie, if you want you can also serve this with cream, custard or ice cream. We also have a churros recipe for people who want to have that feel of Disney in their homes.
Please remember to take photos and videos of your work and email them to the class teacher so that we can celebrate and share the work. Stay Safe! – Miss Rodgers and Mr Sheppard
Week Commencing 22nd June 2020
This week, Cherry and Maple class will be visiting Germany as we explore the school challenge ‘Nature Art.’ As always, have fun, and send us lots of photos of your marvelous work!
Our story this week is ‘Wild’, by Emily Hughes. In 1725, a boy from Hameln in Northern Germany, ‘raised in the forest by wolves’ came to live in the King’s court in England. ‘Wild’ tells the story of a girl raised in the forest, who finds life in a house very strange!
Enjoy the story, and find the sensory props and activities on the ‘Wild – with notes’ page.
Germany is home to over 1 million allotments, or ‘Little Gardens’ (Kleingarten), set up to help people stay healthy. Why not use some play-dough and natural ingredients to make your own Kleingarten?
Here is Miss Rogers’ favourite playdough recipe, for you to make your ‘Kleingarten.’ Have fun exploring all the ingredients before you whip up a batch!
Use all of your senses to explore nature this week. (Please never eat any plants if you aren’t confident they can be eaten!)
Week Commencing 15th June 2020
We hope you are all keeping well and safe in these uncertain times. Miss Rodgers and Mr Sheppard will be joint planning for both Cherry and Maple during lockdown. This week will look at the continent of Africa. This links with our whole school week theme of Splash. Our story takes places in a Kenyan town and it is about a girl called Lila who goes on a mission to make the sky cry so she can save her village. We will visit the great pyramids of Giza to practice building and knocking over pyramids. We will make Sudanese masks in art using paper plates and clay. Listen to African drumming and practice making our own beats to drumming music. Finally we will cook Ugandan banana pancakes called Kabalagala. There is also a science experiment on filtering water as well as other craft activities. Please remember to take photos and videos of your work and email then to the class teacher so that we can celebrate and share the work. Stay Safe Miss Rodgers and Mr Sheppard
Week Commencing 1st June 2020
Have a go at your favourite stories, activities and dances from previous weeks, and enjoy using your discovery skills with these new sessions!
Frozen Dinosaur Eggs!
Have some frozen fun finding different ways to free your dinosaur. Try pouring holt and cold water, chipping with a fork or holding it in your hands!
Frozen Dinosaur Eggs – PDF
Make your own bath bombs!
Get creative then relax with these gorgeous fizzy bath bombs. Maybe try using your communication to choose a scent!
Bath Bombs – PDF
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Week Commencing 27th April 2020
Should you need some extra work to do please find a timetable of activities! Plenty of things to keep you busy – Timetable of Activities – PDF
Just Dance! Follow the link to view the video: Just Dance Video
Sing and Sign – What a Wonderful World