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Cherry Oak School

Working Together for Success

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Cherry Oak School

Working Together for Success


Minibeasts 2021

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The resources for activities  in this area are more practical in nature. These ideas offer the opportunity to explore and take part in sensory and child initiated play



The resources in this area follow a more formal structure and offer focused work opportunities and set tasks

Open Theatre


Open Theatre work with our pupils at Cherry Oak. The children really engage with these sessions and look forward to them. Whilst Open Theatre are not able to come into school they are offering free online sessions more information below:


Creative Clubs we will be running online next week - all sessions are free to attend so please share with all young people in your setting. To sign up, they will need to email the lead practitioner for the session to request the online link.


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!

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.

Topic - MINIBEASTS - Makaton Singing Hands

For our Makaton Topic series - here are some of our favourite Minibeasts signs!

There's a Worm at the Bottom of the Garden

Singing & Signing


Judi's Singing and Signing Videos


Judi is based at Victoria School and works as a Communication and Speach and Language Assistant. She is also a qualified trainer in Makaton. She has created these videos for us to watch, sing, sign or even just have a dance to.