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Home Teaching Resource Ideas

Dear parents and carers,

I just wanted to share with you some resources. I hope that some or all of them might be useful to you.  
We know that learning at home can bring both rewards and challenges and we are so grateful for the engagement of our school parent group during this period of school closure. We do not underestimate the challenges that  many of you will be facing with managing work, home and schooling commitments at the moment. I know from my own experiences that there will be times at home when everything is going well and other times when managing everything can seem impossible. I hope that the short documents attached will give you some reassurance and useful strategies during challenging times. 
As a school our aim is to check in with all families every week to see how things are going and support in any way we can. This contact will mostly take place with class teachers phoning home. Additionally our learning support assistants are also working to offer additional support and guidance to some identified children over the phone.  I will also be following up with any families that we have not been able to make contact with so we know that everyone is safe and well. Please remember that you are not alone, you are doing an amazing job, there will be highs and lows and above all we are all in this together.

Take care and best wishes

Visual Resources:

Social Stories

What are Social Stories?

Social stories are mostly used for autistic people. Social stories are short and simple descriptions that are created with the intention of helping the person to understand a particular activity or situation, along with the how to behave in that situation. Social stories also alleviate anxiety by giving precise information on what the person could observe or experience.

Presenting the Story to the Student

Ensure there are no distractions The stories should be read often. The student should share the story with a range of people.

When to Stop

The student will directly or indirectly let you know when to stop reading a social story. The most obvious signal is when he/she is less confused in the specific social situation and behaves more appropriately. Continue to read the story for a short while after to remind the student.

Examples of social stories explaining the Corona Virus

https://www.flipsnack.com/KeshetChicago/coronavirus-social-story/full-view.html

What is Coronavirus? – Help Children Understand

Visual Resources

Useful website links:

Maths games on (for a range of abilities and ages), which can be played independently. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://www.skillsworkshop.org/

https://www.skillsforlifenetwork.com/article/resource-showcase/862

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/games

https://www.helpfulgames.com/subjects/english/

https://zacbrowser.com/

TTRockstars: Teachers will provide student accounts

https://ttrockstars.com/

Wellbeing

OWN IT – a support for young people around all aspects of mental healthUser friendly resource with videos, activities and links to support networks covering topics like feeling anxious, bullying and mental health tips.

https://www.bbc.com/ownit

Home Learning Activities

Resource packs for each year group to help your students learn from home.

https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Cosmic Kids

Redgate Coding Club for kids

Teddy Medic Challenge.

Parent-ZoneDigital family experts providing support/information to parents, children & schools.

Safe4Me

Remember Parent-Zone is offering free Digital Resilience membership until end of June 2020 to help schools support parents – providing resources for parents, plus support and training for you/your team, including exclusive suite of online training courses and access to the Parent Lounge. Visit offer page for more details: https://parentzone.org.uk/membership/digital-resilience-membership

Physical Activity Ideas:

https://www.safefood.eu/Start/Healthy-Living/Getting-active.aspx

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/50-things-to-do-before-youre-11–activity-list

Here are some useful links for Sensory class students (might be useful for others too):

http://www.sensoryworld.org/

https://symbolworld.org/

http://www.priorywoods.middlesbrough.sch.uk/page/?title=Resources&pid=3

https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/

Makaton songs by Melody

Peace Out Guided meditation

Ideas for themed activities

Sensory Class

Pete Wells Sensory Stories

Food Tech Recipes

Science

Free Science Lessons – videos with questions to answer as you go through and workbooks.

e-Chalk (KS3&4)- online simulations.

Twig (KS3&4) – online multimedia database, videos are no longer than 5 minutes and there are some interactive quizzes and worksheets, but mainly used as a multimedia platform for consolidation of ideas.

BBC teach – The BBC is starting Daily Lessons from 20th April
across their online platforms.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z4kw2hv

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/secondary/zkqp47h