Home learning ideas & Web Links
FREE Activities At Home Learning
If your child/young person is not at school for any reason, including needing to self-isolate, their class teacher will provide specific home-learning activities tailored to their needs, if they are well enough to take part.
- Phonics Play – free subscription during the crisis with lots of games to play on the computer to keep children learning their phonics – Click here for Phonics Play
- 30 Day Lego Challenge – new building ideas and challenges for each day – Click here for printable Lego challenge
- Top Marks – free games and resources for children to use on the computer – Click Here
- Sparkle Box – free printable resources and games – Click Here
At home exercise
- Cosmic Kids – a yoga channel with a free trial for 14 days or some videos available on youtube for free. Learn yoga whilst listening to a story including Frozen and Moana – Click Here
- Captain Fantastic – Children’s entertainer providing live videos for exercise, singing, dancing and wellbeing every day for different age ranges – Captain Fantastic & Click here for more
- Joe Wicks Body Coach – everyday at 9am Joe Wicks is live with a PE lesson you can do at home from his youtube channel – Click here to join in
Animals and Zoos
Edinburgh Zoo – opening their webcams around the zoo so you can watch the animals from home – Click here for web cams
Crafts and other activities
Spread the Happiness – have published 100 things to do in indoors with all sorts of ideas to hopefully suit everyone – Click here for Spread the Happiness
- Storyline Online – children’s stories being read by celebrities – Click here for Story on Line
- BBC iplayer – BBC iplayer have all the Julia Donaldson short films that have been made available to watch for free;
For a bit of everything
Cbeebies – games, shows, bedtime stories, music, radio everything you could think of to keep children entertained – cbeebies
- Send homemade cards to family and friends that you can’t see due to the lockdown
- Set up a treasure/scavenger hunt around the house and garden
- Play a game together as a family
- Enjoy watching TV or a movie together
- Read lots of stories together
- Draw pictures and do some colouring
- Cook and bake together
Here is a round up of fun Easter activities you can do at home
The stay at home survival guide, play and learning ideas for self-isolation.
Poundbury Young Engineers Facebook Page – Science Technology Engineering Mathmatics – STEM activities Poundbury Young Engineers
Ask children to paint their fences or walls with water. Paint water pictures on patios…
Design a new outside area at Mountjoy
What would they like to have in the end field area? More play equipment, wildlife area, willow shelter etc.
Design a new animal
Draw or create a model of a new animal. What is it called? What colour is it?
Keep a diary Similar to what CS used to do on a daily basis in Cedar – a line or two with a drawing.
Click the link here – Pinterest Board created by a member of Mountjoy Staff with a wealth of fun and hands on activities.
An article about the coronavirus and how to support people with intellectual disabilities click here – Tuffrey Wijne
Podcast about the coronavirus, and helping children with autism – Episode 4 ‘Autism, a parents guide’ with Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian and Dr. Marianna Click Here for PODCAST
Home play & learning links and ideas
Sensory/messy play ideas
Cloud Dough Pour 1 Cup Baby Rice into a container Add 3 Tablespoons of Melted Coconut Oil to the rice cereal. Mix and let the mixture cool.
Cornflour gloop Cornflour, water, Colouring (if desired)
Paint with different objects – sticks, plants, feathers, fruit/veg printing, hands and feet etc
Sock bubble snakes – Plastic bottle – wide end cut off, Sock, Washing up liquid and water. Put sock over end of bottle, dip into washing up liquid/water solution, blow through drinking end.
Crazy soap – Water spray bottles – Coloured rice/spaghetti
Ice play – freeze (safe or edible) objects in ice – explore them, try and melt them, use other tools to try and break the ice to get to objects
Collect leaves, flowers, petals etc and make potions and perfumes
Have a bath purely for playing – take different toys, bath bombs, crazy soap etc, bath crayons
- Containers, sieves, pots and pans – play with rice, water, flour
- Digger land – set up vehicles with cereal, rice, soil, corks etc
- Nature hunt outside – make a list of objects to find
- Plant seeds/vegetables etc
- Dig for worms and other creatures
- Bath dolls
Muddy puddles – tray with hot choc powder and water to make mud, put animals or anything that your child is interested in in muddy tray. Have a second tray with clean soapy water in and wash the animals/objects after they have got muddy.
Duplo/lego/blocks – Puzzles and jigsaws
Twinkl has a range of sensory stories – You tube has lots of stories recorded
You can also do your own sensory story – Choose a book and get together some simple resources to support story in a sensory way: e.g.
Hair dryer on different temp settings for wind, hot sun – Water spray and umbrellas for rain – Spices for smells – Instruments for different noises/actions – Different fabrics and textures to feel – Soft toys to represent characters in the story – Food items for taste – Ice and heat packs for cold/warmth – Foil blankets – Mark making and fine motor – Threading cheerios onto spaghetti – Hammer golf tees into potatoes – Poke straws into holes in a shoe box – Posting activities – make hole in box and post items in – Sticks etc into playdough – Chalks on ground outside – Paint sticks on windows (they do wash off) – Painting with water and paintbrushes outside – Threading beads onto pipe cleaners – Pasta onto string – Pipe cleaners into colander holes – Draw/paint/mark make onto and inside cardboard box – Colour matching activities – use coloured bowls and plates, find objects from around the home or just building blocks etc, can they sort into colours – Water, washing up liquid and whisks – Bath bombs – Cutting and sticking using old magazines, make collages, use Argos catalogue to make a collage of favourite things – Play with clothes pegs – hang out dolls clothes, socks etc on a washing line (tie piece of string between two chairs)
Sensory diet activities
Wheelbarrow walking – Animal walks (e.g bear walks, crab walking, frog jumps) – Trampolining – Cycling or using a scooter – Swings (forward and back, side to side, rotary) – Rough and tumble play – Deep pressure squishing or sandwiching with pillows or balls – Spinners and roundabouts
Pushing/Pulling Heavy Objects
(Heavy Work Activities)
Pushing empty wheelie bins inside
(very intense sensory experience, best for kids to spin themselves even if they love spinning & only do so a few times in both directions. This is important because it will help balance out their system.)
Swing – Swivel chair
(is alerting versus calming when used in short bursts)
Various whistles and noise makers
Handling fidget toys
(a wide variety of options)
Playing with textures
(stimulates the tactile sense)
Shaving cream wet sand
Playing in sensory bin
(tons of ideas, the sky is the limit)
Playing active games
Running – Skipping
Vibration (is calming rather than alerting when used for longer periods of time)
Squishing and squeezing
Drinking something warm
Rolling on a large ball on back or belly
Watching slow moving or soothing images
Listening to rhythmic or soft music
Sensory activities that are calming
Wearing Tight Clothing
Using essential oils
(different types of oils are used to calm or be alert)
In room diffusers
A sensory circuit is a great way both to energise and settle children. The aim is to focus concentration in readiness for the day’s learning. The circuit also encourages the development of the child’s sensory processing skills.
The circuit should be split into 3 sections
Alerting – The aim of this section is to provide vestibular and proprioceptive stimulation within a controlled setting.
Activities that could be used in this section include: Bouncing 10 times on trampet – Spinning a hoop – Walking on stilts – Rolling on physio ball – Bunny/frog hops – Wheely boards
Organising – This section includes activities that require motor sensory processing, balance and timing. The child needs to organise their body, plan their approach and do more than one thing at a time in a sequential order. Activities that could be used in this section include: Balancing on a beam – Textured stepping stones – Throwing bean bags into a hoop – Blowing bubbles – Wobble boards – Climbing
Calming – The calming activities are very important as they provide input to ensure that children leave the circuit calm, centred and ready for the day ahead. Activities include proprioceptive or deep pressure activities. Activities that could be used in this section include: Squishes with big physio balls – Lying under weighted blankets – Hand massage – Hand and feet in weighted bean bags
Play together, go out for walks, let them play with siblings and by themselves, allow down time, Ipad, Tv, time in the garden etc
We hope the above list helps give you some ideas of things you could do with your child at home, you know your child best so know which activities they will and won’t be able to access, you will also have some good ideas of your own, this list is by no means exhaustive but I hope it is useful.
The Sensory Projects – The Sensory Projects – Covid19 Resources
A wide range of links to help home educate your children, all specific to SEND and the list is ever growing.
Attention Autism – Facebook Gina Davies Autism Centre
Facebook page of the creator of Attention Autism. A wealth of information about Attention Autism and videos of activities for the different stages.
BBC Bitesize – BBC Bitesize Primary
Although not specific to SEND there are lots of interesting games, activities and videos that many of our children will enjoy. The BBC will be adding further content over the coming days and weeks.
CBeebies – BBC TV Cbeebies
The ‘We Love To Learn’ section has fantastic educational TV shows.
Please check that the content is suitable for your child before using any of these websites with them.
Please note that Mountjoy is not responsible for the content of these links.
Children benefit greatly from the mutual support of parents and teachers in encouraging them to learn both at home and at school.
Home Learning is anything that children do outside the normal school day. It can encompass a whole variety of activities.
Parents can support at home the work that is happening in school as outlined in their My Aspirational Progress targets (MAPs). We consider it important that parents and families should take every opportunity to promote their child’s independent living skills.
The chance to practice self care, travel competence and domestic activities such as personal hygiene routines and making simple snacks provide pupils with the chance of achieving some independent living skills.
Reading books are sent home on a regular basis, this provides an ideal opportunity to share an activity with the family.
Home School Books
Home school books play an essential role in communication between home and school. The books contain information regarding the school day, any medical issues or concerns, school policies and the curriculum which both pupils and their parents/carers might find useful. The books can be used by parents/carers to inform school about issues concerning their son/daughter or to ask for further information about aspects of school. The class teacher will use the book to inform parents/carers about how their son/ daughter is getting on and about any significant events.
We aim to write in them daily to give parents/ carers an overview of what day their child has had. We appreciate parents/ carers also writing in these too.