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 Personal safety section


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

How to stay safe when you are travelling

Living with Autism

Image for Living with Autism

Duration: 1 hour
'When pioneering developmental psychologist Professor Uta Frith started her training back in the 1960s, she met a group of beautiful, bright-eyed young children who seemed completely detached from the rest of the world.
It turned out they had just been given the then-new diagnosis of autism. Uta passionately wanted to know more about these children, and they inspired her to dedicate the rest of her career to studying the autistic mind.
On the eve of National Autism Day, Horizon reveals how Uta's lifetime study of people with autism has transformed our understanding of this mysterious condition.
In this film Uta shows how people with autism perceive and interact with the world and how, for them, another kind of reality exists. She meets people with autism who have extraordinary talents, and explains why they often fail to understand jokes. She also explores whether many of us could be just a little bit autistic' BBC website 

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Exploring EyeGaze

 I hope to find out more about Eye Gaze in our next development day.
 I've read 

  I've listed a few websites to try out .  
From Sen teacher  download  Lightbox Light Box has 21 abstract scenes which encourage exploration of basic cause and effect. A range of colours, contrasts and background options are provided.
The desktop version includes support for switches, Leap Motion, mice, head and eye trackers. 

The best setting when using Camera mouse is
Glide and Midas touch ,the cursor has a circle round it so you can see where you are pointing.
 Jackson Pollock

  Wonderful Rainbow
Grains of sand build up to make a picture .The sound effect of the gentle dropping of sand is an option and you can save your work to the gallery,then download.

Boobah Zone
I have  downloaded Camera Mouse 

and HeadMouse 

 and a 30 day trail on  Dwell clicker

They are both easy to set up (so far only on the laptop -Windows 8)

This isn't eye gaze :
Tobii PC eyego
EYEGAZE Foundations
any of these packages
 but may be a start as we begin to look in to systems and assessment. So far my student has controlled Camera Mouse and created a Jackson Pollock picture!

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Independent Working ICT 3

I want my students to work independently this week. I usually host my worksheets on our college Moodle site.
The problem with this is the  password . This hurdle of entering a user name and password stops learners getting on with their work.
They all have bookmarked and should be able to get on with their work without too much help. 

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Independent Working ICT 2

Independent Working ICT 1

Sunday, 19 January 2014

A time lesson

Chuckle brothers
The Chuckle Brothers explain how to read the time on an analogue clock to the nearest 5 minutes including  how to calculate time intervals and find start or end times for a given time interval.

Find it on the BBC learning Zone 
Clip 1802

A worksheet to print out   counting in 5's worksheets

What is the time? worksheet 

 Counting by 5's more worksheet 

Differentiated work : differences in time

Also see my other blog entries on time 

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Like me on Facebook !

I have a new Facebook page

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A work book/Powerpoint adapted from my original Power point  Why recycling?

A good resource adapted by Sophie Owen

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Get ready to clap your hands!

Thanks to SLD Forum for letting me know about Pharrell Williams "Happy"
 As well as being a great tune to clap and dance to it includes people of every shape size and colour !

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Autism and Nature

'Autism and Nature have published three guides which aim to help families and teachers of children with autism to access nature and the countryside in Kent, East Sussex and West Sussex. The guides should also be useful to those living and working with adults on the autistic spectrum. The first chapter of each guide introduces some of the benefits of nature and the countryside for children with autism. This is followed by a guide to ‘natural’ places to visit in the countryside, which they believe many children with autism will enjoy. The guides end with a series of case stories, describing visits to the countryside by school children with autism and related conditions'        text quoted from website

Monday, 6 January 2014

Using BBC Clips



Recently I haven't found it easy to find the BBC SEN clips . I did have the ones I needed saved on Delicious and bookmarked but all  websites seem to reorganize  and break the links

I have now made my own list :


Know who your friends are clip 6722

Online safety (pt 1/2)  clip 6710

Online safety (pt 2/2) clip 6711

Bullying: Henry's story clip 6712

If the time's right: peer pressure  clip 6713

Leave me alone: inappropriate attention clip 6708

He got told: how NOT to get a girlfriend clip 6707

Dealing with feelings clip 6706

Movie mayhem: bad behaviour at the cinema clip 6705

 We want a party: working together clip 6704

Safety on Facebook


A useful video from Solihull Advocacy
The tips they cover are:;postID=3764096366024079387

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Making The Most of It.

This photo is called Making The Most of It.It was taken during a wild and windy October day. It wasn't quite so wet as the recent weather!

I think making the most of it is what I want to do this year: 
Work as hard as I can for my students and try and develop the skills they need for their next step in life .But  I want to achieve this and do things for myself as well !   I'd like to get better at Photography,improve my running: Parkrun is a great safe and social way to run.
I'm also starting a course at college on using Social Media,so I may be blogging a bit more to practice some of my new skills!

I've written 23 posts this year, most have been linked to subjects I am teaching . Since September I have been teaching Personal Safety including Road Safety,a gardening enterprise, ICT safety, Community Action,Recycling and  Maths and English.

We still use the OCR qualification : Life and Living and Employability but are exploring the opportunities offered by using RARPA,especially with students working at Milestone 8 or below.

My college is now  in its third year of waiting for OFSTED but  it should be over by February as this is the end of the legal time limit .

It was with dismay that I read the recent Guardian article:

Further education became Ofsted's new punchbag

I wish you a Happy New Year, sucess with your students and a good work life balance
Here are a list of my top ten posts from the last 5 years: