The Academic Year of 2019-2020 was an unprecedented year, that presented us all with challenges we were not expecting. This area of the Website was developed to support our pupils and their families with Home Learning. Pupils and families were also supported with a comprehensive range of remote teaching sessions offered throughout the school day.
We have decided to keep this webpage active as there are a lot of valuable resources that are still relevant even though we are now back at school.
Here you will find a list of websites and resources that you may find useful to use at home.
We will add to this page regularly and would encourage you to explore these resources with your children.
Click on the link for your child's class for resources that are specific to them or scroll through this page for enjoyable activities and additional useful information.
Some sessions are colour coded Red and Blue. As a parent, you can choose which you would feel is most appropriate for your child. The RED sessions will be very practical, focusing on exploring resources and opportunities for sensory and child initiated play. The BLUE sessions will follow a more formal structure and offer focused work opportunities and set tasks. Please feel free to join both sessions if you feel your child would benefit from both the formal session and the free flow session.
10am - Red English with Karina and Pod
11am - KS1 and Elm Scavenger Hunt
1.30pm - KS2 Scavenger Hunt
2.30pm - Blue English with Pod and Megan
10am - Red Maths with Megan and Kathryn
11am - KS1 and KS2 Bingo
1.30pm - Blue Maths with Karina and Kathryn
2.30pm - Open Theatre
10am - Life Skills with Kathryn and Pod - Everyone
11am - KS1 and Elm Write Dance
1.30pm KS2 Write Dance
2.30pm - Workout Wednesday
10am - Science with Megan and Karina - Everyone
11am - Let's Dance
1.30pm - Talent Show
10am - Morning March
11am - KS1 and Elm Singing and Signing
1.30pm - KS2 Singing and Signing
2.30pm - Amy's Proud Assembly (Leavers focus)
The packs contain ideas based around play and daily routine to help develop your child's communication skills. They contain simple activity ideas along with some symbols to use together. New packs will be added weekly for as long as the school closures continue.
The Stories below will help our pupils to understand that school will be very different for a while. Please share these stories with your children to help prepare them and diffuse any anxieties they may feel have about why things are not as they remember them.
As many of you will know, Cherry Oak has a practitioner from Open Theatre in school once a week called Hannah. Hannah leads non verbal interactive drama sessions which every child at Cherry Oak loves! Open Theatre have created some videos explaining how their sessions work, you will find these on our website in the home learning section. Richard and Mel from Open Theatre have kindly offered to lead a Zoom session for Cherry Oak students and parents to encourage you to explore their drama sessions at home. This session will be a chance to chat, ask questions and have a go at some of the things Hannah does in school. For this session you will need a scarf or piece of material.
Please take a look at the videos below for more insight
Sometimes our children can display challenging behaviour. Now more than ever, for some of our children, the world is a difficult place to understand. Their normal routines have become disrupted and they may be experiencing higher levels of anxiety.
Behaviour has a function, and there could be a number of reasons for it. These may include difficulty in processing information, unstructured time, over-sensitivity or under-sensitivity to sensory stimuli, a change in routine, transition between activities, or physical reasons like feeling unwell, tired or hungry. Not being able to communicate these difficulties can lead to anxiety, anger and frustration, and then to an outburst of challenging behaviour.
We have compiled a series of videos that you can access that may help with de-escalation and help our children to manage their own anxieties. We hope you find these useful.
Early Language Ideas for Home - Click to be taken to the free resource page.
This free early intervention resource was designed for speech therapists to share with parents, as a way to support parents to use language strategies during play and daily routines at home.
There are four play ideas, three daily routines, and two additional activities outlined in this resource, alongside 10 language strategies. The activities suggested have been chosen as they are common toys/activities that are done in the home environment, and can be easily supported through parent-coaching therapy.
We are living through History in these extraordinary times right now. Below you will find a " Time Capsule" that you can create for your future self to look back on.
Below are a few story books and story magazines for you to enjoy with your children at home.
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ - Currently offering 1 month of free premium subscription
https://ttrockstars.com/ - your child will be set tables appropriate to their stage of learning
https://www.doodlemaths.com/ - maths based learning including tables
https://www.doodleenglish.com/ - English based learning including spelling
https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/ - downloadable resources to support maths and English
Monday - YogaBugs
Tuesday - FootieBugs
Thursday - FootieBugs
Friday - YogaBugs
PLUS! Check out our Mindfulness activities page for some fun mindful, activities to do with your child.
During this difficult time when Cherry Oak School is closed to all pupils and staff, we want to stay in touch with all of our families. Teachers will be phoning families at least twice a week to support you. If you are not able to answer the phone then please email your child's class teacher to arrange an alternative time. Please also use the email address to keep us updated on the work your child is doing at home. We would love to see the work that your child is doing. We are all missing your wonderful children and would really appreciate you cheering us up with some lovely news about them!