Monday, 30 November 2009


Here are some links for recycling. I have created a picture link at SQWORL

Saturday, 28 November 2009

More Politics

There is an excellent resource for the interactive whiteboard from
Parliament UK education service.
I recommend
Level 1 . With a little background information this resource would be accessible to Entry level students with a learning disability .
There is an accompanying PDF which gives an outline of the scope of resource.

I have also added more resource links to my blog entry Politics and voting

Friday, 27 November 2009

Us 5 from BBC Ouch

BBC Ouch! presents NO LONGER AVAILABLE 15.9.17

Us 5, an accessible interactive video; five contemporary dramas, workshopped by people with learning disabilities.

The films aim to aid discussion around making important life choices.The issues of relationships,pregnancy,money,work and living independently are all covered.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Promote the Vote

Promote the vote
is a website aimed at adults with a learning disability. It has sections on
why you should vote, how to register to vote,how to vote and issues to consider when voting.

It would be a good resource to use with Count Me from Mencap.
See my blog entry Politics and voting

Monday, 23 November 2009

Social Enterprise

Perfect Pots is a social enterprise project.They have been shortlisted for the 'Social Enterprise in Schools Award' and are now down to the final three. The winner will be chosen by an online vote. Working in a social enterprise has already made a huge difference to young people with autism and learning disabilities who attend the
Holbrook Centre for Autism.

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It has helped them to believe in themselves and to better understand their abilities, as well as to cope with the challenges they face.
'Perfect Pots' has proved to people in the local area that young people with autism can make a positive contribution to their community. Voting closes on 30th November. You will have to vote for social enterprise in all four award categories for your vote to count; there are short video clips to help you choose but others to consider are:

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Online games to improve numeracy and literacy skills

Academic Skills Builder has free multi-player and single-player games to improve addition,multiplication,fractions and integers. There are also language games.

Source: Thanks to Teaching All Students

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Politics and Voting

Count Me is a Resource from Mencap designed for adults with a learning disability. It can be used to teach how the political and voting system work and are a good resource for teaching adults with a learning disability. The first 5 weeks are about politics and voting . The final weeks (6-8) are dedicated to training the course participants to be trainers . The resource consists of Other useful resources include
From The Electoral Commission website :

Eye Spy Poster :(used in week 2) Your Town Your Street Your Say

An interactive version of the Eye spy poster from Promote the Vote

Back grounds notes for using with eye spy poster

An set of picture prompts taken from the eye spy poster
(to help when differentiation is required)
and a picture prompt when talking about laws around cars
(to help when differentiation is required)

Democracy Cookbook - A higher level resource - I used page 5 Politics What's it all about as good background information for week 2
For week 3
United Kingdom Parliament

has Images of Parliament at work

Links to its Flickr Photostream

Find Your MP

For Week 4 Download The Easy Read Guide to Voting from Do Politics (Electorial Commission)

Inspired services
government clip art (to purchase)
  • E democracy icon set- A set of free clip art related to government and e-democracy (register to access the resource)
My blog entry e-democracy-and-citizenship-symbols

and Citizenship blog entry

Monday, 16 November 2009

Winter e-Quality bulletin out now

The latest edition of the JISC RSC Scotland e-quality bulletin is now available to download. The newsletter features a wide variety of articles on subjects from communicating with symbols to creating accessible PowerPoint slides.

Saturday, 14 November 2009


This unit on Clothes (PDF) is a resource
from Northern Ireland Curriculum (Severe learning difficulties)
and includes : A clothes bingo

  • Clothes from around the world

  • Weather symbols

  • Packing for a holiday

  • Appropriate clothing
There are also Powerpoints to supplement the materials and Online activities
Which clothes would you wear in the winter?

A clothing wordsearch

The Clothes unit is part of the Thematic unit Lets Celebrate

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Workbased learners

The NIACE website has 'free resources to help work-based learning providers and practitioners in supporting learners with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities,

The resources consist of:

  • a series of case studies - highlighting practical examples of providers with a wealth of experience in supporting learners with learning difficulties and disabilities in work-based learning
  • seven briefing sheets - each highlighting a particular learning difficulty or disability, explaining how it may affect learners in work-based learning and signposting to more sources of information and support.' These include the briefing sheet:
Working with learners who have learning difficulties

Also on the NIACE website are

Moving into Work:
'There are six information sheets in this set which are aimed at a number of different key
players who need to be involved in the process of supporting people in their transition to
work': Copies of the information sheets can be downloaded from NIACE

These include a guide for Employers

and a An information sheet for people with learning
with simple text and pictures

Source : NIACE

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Film making

As reported in a previous blog we are making films. My Monday group have just finished a stop motion movie using plasticine. Here is a good guide to making a stop motion movie.

The Oska Bright site

has some guidelines on making films suitable for sharing with adults with a learning disability

And an example of a film made using plasticine models here

The only thing I need to know now is how to add music to a stop motion film. When I drag it to the storyboard it plays at extra fast speed!

Saturday, 7 November 2009


We have begun to do some story telling in literacy class. Its exciting and rewarding to see the students (who can't read or write independently) develop their own stories. We started by doing number facts about ourselves for example; age, number in family, pets . We presented these like a mind map with added pictures and keywords.Stories were then told using the number facts mind map as a prompt.
This week we used an old resource
Living our Lives -Ten stories about the lives of adults with a learning disability with CD- which you may be able to order in the publications section (it didn't work for me!)
I was very interested to come across the website
They have examples of how to develop story telling with children and adults with severe communication difficulties : Storysharing
and a story/poem resource to download Coleridge resource

Also see my blog entry :Writing and telling stories for adults