Thursday, 24 December 2009

Just the wrapping to go...

Late Christmas eve has always been the time when presents come out from their hiding places and everyone in the family retires to a different room with sellotape and scissors and plenty of wrapping paper. I've never been a good Christmas presents wrapper but I am always determined to wrap every single item including the smallest stocking present. If only wrapping were as easy as this offering from Annie's Resource Attic! Happy Christmas.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Gay and Lesbian students with a learning disability

I was reading an item from Community newswire on the same-sex hand-holding day on Boxing Day from A day in hand . It reminded me of the difficulties faced by young Gay and Lesbian students with a learning disability.
From time to time as a teacher I have to try to deal with issues such as same sex holding hands or saying you fancy another bloke out loud.What is the right way to deal with this?
Another issue I've experienced and is reported in the Partners in Advocacy report Out and About is the attitude of other people: 'Some people including other people with learning disabilities say bad things about people who have same sex relationships People can say and do hurtful things.'
The same report ask advocates : What about your own attitude? and recommends further training. I know I would welcome it . Here are some other links:
Hidden love forum from the Foundation for People with Learning disabilities

Picture bank (to buy £1.50)_
to support gay / lesbian / bisexual / trans from CHANGE -( People with learning disabilities working for equal rights)

General Resources on Sexuality and Learning Disability

FPA resources
in the publications section including All about Us a resource designed for people with a learning disability to assist personal development and knowledge around sex, sexuality and relationships. Life Support Productions : You, Your Body & Sex - the DVD

Learning with Common Knowledge - an online guide for people with a learning disability to learn about sex and relationships.(16+)

Batteries not includes (£10) from Common Knowledge

From the Northern Ireland Curriculum for Severe Learning Difficulties: Knowing and Growing
aimed at young people at school.

A Gem of a Service - An article on sexual health services in London from Learning Disability Today

Links suggested here and here from SLD forum

Special Schools : Sex and Relationships from Teachers TV

Also check out the
MENCAP site and search for resources using the key word Sexuality

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Christmas Greetings

A geoGreeting from around the World.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Money Resource

The Plasma Screen & Whiteboard Room
is a free website for teachers in special schools. Its a place for teachers to share resources .There are a good range of resources some in Smart board format but many in PowerPoint.

My pick for today is an excellent PowerPoint from Nick Wonham,Bridge School Islington.
It has 4 activities
Match the Coin
Coin recognition
Coin sums
Virtual cafe (amounts up to £1.00)

It also has sound,objectives, teacher notes and worksheets.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Write to your MP to sign Early Day Motion 383

Early Day Motion 383 is part of a Mencap campaign Get My Vote
Mencap is calling on the political parties to produce
election materials in easy read and accessible formats. To show your support you can use the form on the Mencap website:contact your MP.
You also read more about the Mencap campaign
Get My Vote

Sense, the charity for DeafBlind people has also begun their campaign to ensure that more
of the UK disabled population get to vote in the general election next year. They are starting with training for Parliamentary Candidates on
  • How to ensure disabled people can vote
  • How to make their campaign accessible
  • How to use appropriate language

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Hazards in the home

Learn Anytime has a list of links to some interactive hazard identification activities including

Dangers in the bedroom
Disaster Kitchen
Dangers in the lounge
Hazards in the room
Home Hazard Hunt

Monday, 7 December 2009

Asperger's Syndrome on Teachers TV

Now available on Schools world
The Troubled Mind series on Teachers TV features a three minute cartoon film narrated by a young person with Asperger's Syndrome. He describes the emotional distress he felt as his Asperger's syndrome caused him to struggle socially at school.Watch on line. The film is now on on Schools world

Politics Bingo

We played Politics Bingo today and I found that I had forgotten to put the local councillor on the Bingo caller's card- Now updated !

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Politics Bingo

From my recent blog entries you may have noticed that I am teaching about Voting and Politics.
To help us become familiar with key words I have made a bingo game (6 cards in the set) using
the free Clip art set from
Inspired Services.

Politics Bingo PDF

Calling Card PDF

Politics Bingo Word

Calling Card (Word)

Friday, 4 December 2009

Managing Money Resource

Making Money Easier offers a set of guides designed to help adults with a learning disability think about money, banking and planning their life.
The Easy Guide to Banking would make an excellent resource for teaching Managing Money at Entry 2.
I found out about this from the Learning Disability Bulletin

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Stir fry

There is Stir fry recipe (PowerPoint) available on the TES website contributed by Ibuzzybea. Register with the TES website to access this resource and others for free.Including Chocolate crispy cakes (PowerPoint) .

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Health and Safety bingo now on Box net

My health and safety bingo(view the whole folder from this link) is now available to download from Box net
The complete set of cards as one document is called health and safety bingo

The calling card is here