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Working Together for Success

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Cherry Oak School

Working Together for Success


Home Learning

Welcome to our Home Learning Zone. 


Here you will find a Timetable for Online Learning as well as a list of websites and resources that you may find useful to use at home. 


Our School Topic for Home Learning is Minibeasts. New resources, activities and ideas are being added regularly. Click on the link for our Minibeasts topic or explore through the extensive resources and ideas on this page for enjoyable, educational activities and additional useful information.


All the resources that were previously available and that children and their families, found useful are still available. We will be refreshing and adding new resources on a daily basis and would encourage you to explore any of these resources with your children, that you feel will support them at home.


Home Learning Packs are being put together with resources and materials to support Home Learning. Teachers will provider further information on these and how you will receive them soon.

Keeping In Touch


During this difficult time, we want to stay in touch with all of our families. We send out a lot of very important information via TheSchoolApp including details on how to access our live online sessions. It is important that as well as have the app installed that you have activated it. If the app isn't activated you will not receive these messages. For details on installing the app and how to activate it please click the link below:


The School App A Parents Guide


Teachers will be phoning families  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 should you have any queries on the work your child is doing at home. 


We would like you to share your child's learning and activities at home via the Parent Engagement Aspect of Evidence For Learning.


For further information on Evidence For Learning, including how to access it and log in details please contact Emma Eaton: -




Please feel free to contact us regarding any additional support you may need throughout your child's home learning. 

Jacqui H-Jones - Sensory and Behaviour Support -  

Jo Gavin- Physical Support - 

Lianne Saeed - Communication Support  -

Home Learning : School Topic Spring 2 2021


Please click on the links below to access a variety of resources

Home Learning : School Topic Spring 1 2021


Please click on the links below to access a variety of resources


A Simple Idea That can Get Your Kids Reading


Hello, how are you holding up?

We take our hats off to you and all the hard work it takes to raise children in today’s bonkers world. Which is why we wanted to share this brilliantly simple idea with you – turning on the subtitles can double the chances of a child becoming good at reading. Incredible isn’t it?

So the next time your child is watching TV or the tablet, there could actually be an opportunity to improve their reading skills at the same time! In fact research has shown that it can double the chance of your child leaving school as a proficient reader. You can turn them on for the whole family or most streaming services will now allow you to do it just for individual children if you like.

Stephen Fry talks about turning on the subtitles

Turning on the subtitles while children are watching television can double the chances of them becoming good at reading. Yes really. Wonderfully simple isn't...

Why we should turn on the subtitles

Turning on the subtitles while children are watching television can double the chances of a child becoming good at reading. It's so brilliantly simple and ca...

Schedule For Interactive Online Learning Sessions 


Please check your messages in The School app for details on how to access these sessions


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.



We're All In This Together!

A message to Cherry Oak pupils and their families, from Ross Ashcroft Headteacher & all the staff

De-escalation Techniques


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.

Speech and Language At Home Packs


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. 


Using symbols at home


  • You can use the symbols attached to help your child understand what you are saying by showing them a symbol as you talk.
  • You can keep the sheet whole and point to the symbol you need or cut them out and show a single symbol on its own.
  • You can use the symbols to offer a choice. You can use the symbols to show what is happening now and next.
  • You can place the symbols in an accessible place and your child can use them to show what they want.
  • Remember like any new system this can take time to embed, be consistent and show your child how to use symbols by using them yourself. Do not expect them to use it right away.
  • Attached are some symbols to get you going.



Aided Language Display Board for Activities At Home


  • An ‘aided language display’ is a symbol display where all the relevant words for a specific activity are displayed on a single page in symbol form
  • Ensure that symbols are easily accessible in activities
  • They can be used to supplement systems already in place such as Makaton, Communication books or with purely verbal communication as they are quick to make and easy to implement
  • They are a useful tool to support students to communicate in a functional way, within various activities throughout the day
  • Vocabulary is organised to help combine words and build simple sentences from left to right across the display
  • Certain key symbols such as ‘more’ and ‘finished’, which frequently appear on displays, should always be located in the same place each time to help the learner’s understanding and use of them. At Cherry Oak these key symbols or ‘Core Vocabulary’ are located on the left hand side of the display in yellow boxes.
  • When using an Aided Language Display, or ‘ALD’ for short it is important for the person communicating with the child to use the ALD as well.


PDF Version Of The Above ALD Click To View Or Download

An example of using an ALD to play a game

Here is a short video of two people playing a game using and ALD to support communication. Although the display is slightly different from the ones we use at Cherry Oak the principle is the same.

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.

A Social Story To Help Explain Why We Are Staying At Home And Not Coming To School

A Social Story To Help Explain Why Some Children Are Coming To School Coming To School

Social Stories To Help Prepare For Transition Back To School


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. 

Open Theatre opens up about our Warm Up

Learn more about the Open Theatre practice with simple exercises you can do from your own home. In our first video we look at the warm-up. Join in and have fun!

Open Theatre opens up about Scarf Dancing

Learn more about the Open Theatre practice with simple exercises you can do from your own home. In this video we look at scarf dancing. Join in and have fun!

Judi From Victoria School signs Better When I'm Dancing

Judi is joined by Judi and Judi to sign along to "Better When I'm Dancin' " by Meghan Trainor

New videos are added regularly. Please click the Singing & Signing Icon below to see the latest videos and join in!

A big thank you to Judi and Ben for making these videos and keeping a smile on our faces!

Time Capsule


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.


Home Learning Resources & Videos From Spring 2020

A Thank You From Cherry Oak Parents & Their Families To All The Staff 

Thank you Cherry Oak

A heartfelt message of thanks from our families here at Cherry Oak. All of the staff were truly humbled & emotional and would like to say thank you to our amazing pupils and their families!

Thank You For Being Brave.



As we are coming to the end of the school year, we just wanted to use this time as a chance to reflect on how strange this year has been. We have certainly got through it together and we cannot thank you enough for how understanding and supportive you have been. The Cherry Oak community has gone from strength to strength and we have done our best to turn this negative situation into a thousand positives.

We wanted to share with you a video to showcase everything we have achieved together during this pandemic and to let you know how proud we are of our children for being so brave. We really hope you enjoy it.

Thank you again

The School App A Parents Guide