Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Our I.T. Lesson

Today we will be using 
                                                  online drawing tools



Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Facebook and Most Popular Posts 2014

Writing a blog takes time and commitment. I haven't written many blog entries this year but I have started a Facebook page.

Facebook is a quick and easy way to share ideas. 
Here are the ten most popular posts from my blog.

Sunday, 4 January 2015


Animoto is a quick and easy way to make videos. It is also a good way of recording practical projects and showcasing the work of your students. Anyone can sign up for a free account .This enables you or your students to make 30 second videos.Once you've tried it and like it you can ask for a free upgrade to an Educators account.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Running a meeting

From time to time we need to teach our students how to hold a meeting.
Chapter 5 page 5 of 
 Creative Minds – The Guide has a clear  guide to help young people with a learning disability to conduct meetings effectively.
The Guide can be downloaded  either as a whole document or in separate chapters, here:

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Welcome Back! After a summer of rest I'm ready to go again and  welcome our new students on Monday. 

Scrap Coloring is a useful  site . I will be using it when we make name cards. This year I have students who can't hold a pen but can use the computer keyboard and mouse. The site does warn that better results are obtained when using FireFox rather than Internet Explorer,so worth trying it out first. Names can be printed or saved to the computer.

Wordle is also a useful whole class activity.Everyone can type their name in to the Wordle  template and  an instant class list created. Requires JAVA,so again try it out first.

Wordle: Welcome to College

Sunday, 27 April 2014

What to sow and grow in April

Thompson and Morgan have a guide to planting in April Click on this link to go to their website.

Monday, 21 April 2014

The Crash Reel

During the Easter break we rented out The Crash Reel

On the website it is described as  
The dramatic story of one unforgettable athlete, Kevin Pearce; one eye-popping sport, snowboarding; and one explosive issue, Traumatic Brain Injury. A comeback story with a difference.

I really enjoyed the film.It gave me some insight into Traumatic Brain Injury but it also included  a look at Down's Syndrome,dyslexia and drama !

The website has resources  on Traumatic Brain Injury: LOVEYOURBRAIN

Train Safety

A good journey is a learning package that looks at all aspects of traveling safely on the railway and respecting our fellow passengers and railway staff.
It is not designed specifically for young people with a learning disability but some videos and photos may be useful.I will use the short clip on standing behind the yellow line in Staying Safe at the station.

Page 5-8 in the Surrey Police guide to safe traveling covers bus and train safety

Also the train section of OUT and ABOUT in LONDON  MY GUIDE

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Lost and Found Entry 1 Literacy

Excellence Gateway Literary resources 
were published some years ago but still provide some useful resources.

They include
 Entry 1 unit 1 Lost and Found 

and  the accompanying Teacher Notes and Audio files

 Unit includes a story about Pickles and the World cup  which should tie in with the Football World cup this summer.

Skills workshop have a number of resources linked to Pickles

Some more personal safety links

How to stay safe when out and about           
                                  A  PDF Easy read guide from Surrey Police

A complete list of their easy read documents can be found in their Accessibility section


Keeping secrets - telling a good secret from a bad secret

Mate crime - staying safe from people who pretend to be your friend

How to stay safe when you are travelling


Keeping your identity safe - how to protect your identity


Advice on visitors to your home

Making it easier to contact us