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Special Educational Needs

Learning for children with Special Educational Needs


We know many children will be able to access the learning on the class pages. However we are aware that there may be some children that may be struggling to do this. If this is the case we have come up with some activities and things you can be doing at home that can support your child's learning during this time.

If you need any more specific help or support then please contact Katrina Haines using the ClassDojo messages or by phoning the school office during working hours.



One option may be to choose work from a different year group. For example if your child is in Year 5 but struggling to access the learning try and access the Year 3 or the Year 4 learning.

New You Tube Channel from Funabil8y Moving Forward!


Welcome to our new You Tube Channel which has crafts, stories, games and lots of fun.
We have designed the content with our disabled children and adults in mind, but children and those young at heart will enjoy it too!
We are putting on lots of new videos every day, each one using things you will find at home.
Please either type “Funabil8y Moving Forward” in the search box on You Tube or click on this link
Please share it with anyone who you think would benefit!
Janet Tristram, CEO
St James Centre, Malcolm Street, Derby DE23 8LU

Setting up a computer for a child with a visual impairment

Some useful links for parents of children with ASD or social, communication difficulties.

Learning to read and spell the high frequency words, the Year 1 and 2 words, the Year 3 and 4 words and the Year 5 and 6 words is invaluable to develop children's reading and spelling.


One idea for learning to read the words is to use a method called Direct Teaching (which is a method we use in school) Here you read the word, then you read the word together and then the child reads the word on their own.


You can also use this for spelling. You spell the word, then you say the letters of the word together and the the child spells the word.


Choose 10 words to concentrate on each week.


Then the next week recap on those ten and choose 5 more.


Please find below the lists.

Start with the HFW list.

Then move onto Year 1 and 2.

Then move onto Year 3 and 4

Then Year 5 and 6.



Read every day together. This can be you reading to your child (they will still learn new vocabulary). This can be anything your child is interested in. It does not need to be their book from school. 


Do some Paired Reading. Here you read a sentence or paragraph and then your child reads it back to you.

You can then talk about the story together.

Maybe your child could write some simple sentences about the story or draw a picture about their favourite part and label it.


Listen to some storied together. David Walliams is sharing a new story each day.

Books can be downloaded for free on Audible.

Other stories are available on You Tube

BBC Iplayer has bedtime stories on that can be watched and listened to.


Talk about the stories together. What did your child like? which was their favourite part and why? Which characters did and didn't they like and why?





Play some games


Playing board games and card games helps learn lots of new skills.


Play a simple game of snakes and ladders. If you have not got a board ask your child to design one. If you haven't got a dice you can often access an electronic one on your phone.


Play dominoes. (Encourages matching)


Play cards games. This develops social skills, matching and pairing. 


Throw the dice and see who can add up the numbers first. 



Maths Activities


Learning number facts will help in all areas of maths.


Practise bonds to 10 and 20.

e.g. If I have 6 how many more to 10. Use apparatus such as 10 counters, 10 pencils etc.. to help with this.


Then move onto 20's. 

e.g. 17 + ?   = =20.


Try some of the resources below to have a go.


You could do these more than once - see if the children can get faster and faster. Time it for fun!



Practice Handwriting and fine motor skills using letter join.


See the information below.

Develop Fine Motor Skills


 - Can you pick up hard peas, beads etc.. with tweezers - how many can you get in a minute?

 - Can you make your name out of playdough?

 - Draw some wavy shapes - who can cut them out the neatest?

 - Use clothes pegs and attach them to the edge of bowls or cups, how many can you get on in a minute.

 - Do some threading. You could use string and dried pasta, or beads. 

 - Can you write some sentences our your name, or your spellings outside with chalk. Write them as big as you can. then write them as small as you can.

 - See below for more fine motor activities.

Developing Gross Motor Skills

Developing children's movement helps with all aspects of the curriculum.


Click on this link for some great indoor gross motor activities.


Also find some super hero challenges below.



Gross Motor Skills Super Hero Challenges

Well Being Activities


Some children like a structure to the day. Please find a link below which helps put a timetable together with visual supports.


It is important to carry on thinking about ourselves in a positive way. Please find below some sheets that get children to think about how brilliant they are.


Mindfulness colouring is a lovely calming activity. Please find below a link to some mindfulness colouring sheets.


The Coronovirus is very difficult to explain to children. Please find a simple guide.


General Learning Skills


Please follow the link to access some downloadable learning packs. Try the EYFS or the Key Stage 1 to reinforce skills.

Some More Inclusive Resources

Story massage have put together a free resource booklet of 36 stories. Email them to be sent a copy:

Pete Wells has some raucous free sensory stories available on his website - and the podcast is well worth a listen too!

Pete's home learning kit IwAR1y_qXgQoSlG3gn3493UujII0KRN-_12R-QByln7opkvJoPac-QQixKAtc


The Sensory Projects has project packs for inclusive learning and also some simple sensory games to play


31 pages of activity ideas for special school learners (download at the bottom of the page) 5zb3J5cHJvamVjdHN8Z3g6MzYyMTU2M2JlZjI3MDdkZQ