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Sycamore Class Resources

Welcome to Sycamore Class's Home learning page.

 

We hope that you will find the ideas and videos here useful whilst your child is at home.

Your child has a routine that they follow at school. 

 

Routines help children to understand the world around them and can reduce anxiety. Visual information and auditory cues such as songs help children to understand what is happening now and next. We are working on creating resources that can help maintain this routine and  that you could use after their usual morning routine ends at home. 

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.

Spring Term Topic

 

Our theme this term is 'Castles and Knights'.  This half term we have been focusing on the story: Saint George and the Dragon. Doing any castle or knight related activities would be beneficial to supporting your child's continued progress in Literacy. Please see some of the suggested activities below.

 

This half term in maths we have been focusing on counting, addition and subtraction strategies. Any numeracy or problem solving activities you can do with your child would support their continued education in maths. Please see our suggested activities and videos below.

 

 

Maths Songs

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.

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.

Fine Motor Skills

 

Calming, relaxation and quiet time

It is really important for our children to have the opportunities to have some quiet reflection time during the day. We have 15 minutes of quiet relaxation time every day. We usually listen to 'quiet time' music and do some mindfulness activities such as 'finger breathing'. 

 

Sometimes calming and relaxation time is crucial for our children when they are in distress. Continuing to give children the opportunity for some calming time at home can be beneficial to those that need it.  

 

Please see some of the suggested activities and videos below. You can also find calming music with symbols on our 'Routine Visual Support' PowerPoint attached above. 

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