Sunday, 18 December 2011

Art Competition theme: world music festival

Stay up Late have launched an art competition for anyone with a learning disability.
Closing Date 31st January 2012.

The brief is to come up with an image to use on The Wild Things website. The image will help to launch the next Wild Things compilation featuring new music made by musicians with learning disabilities from around the world.
The image needs to be of an imaginary ‘world music festival’ and will be the main feature of the project on the website, along with a compilation CD.

Further Information here

and Easy read here

Saturday, 17 December 2011


Jump Cuts have a new film:

Moving On (Relationships & Sexuality training DVD)

5 real life stories about relationships and sexuality from people with a learning difficulty. The stories cover different issues in relationships:

Michael wants a girlfriend but is stuck in the grey zone.

Phil and Ali are moving in together.

Jo has never talked about it, since it happened.

Anton says it’s just a label.

Dan thinks they’re ready but Sue is not so sure.

Includes a menu of specially devised questions to accompany each story and promote discussion.

Review of the year 2011

Zeitgeist 2011: Year in Review

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

It was great. Oh yes it was !

My colleague Phil and the Entry 2/1 students have just performed Cinderella as part of their Wednesday afternoon enrichment . There were no lights,scenery, stage or parents and in parts the performance was a little shaky but overall it was a triumph.The students have so enjoyed preparing the performance. It has been the highlight of the term and a fine example of embedding learning into a meaningful context. We have seen students writing cast lists, writing out the story, script reading, memorising lines, talking in sentences, contributing ideas, actively listening, working with others,learning about story structure and the tradition of pantomime. All done with lots of laughter. Thank you Phil !

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Christmas Very fast mouse skills !

Christmas games for those with fast mouse skills.

TES i board
sort the presents by shape colour or numberNOW SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED

Click on the reindeer noses to play a tune.(still free!)

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Christmas Mouse skills

Press to reveal ! a demo game (2 screens, santa and presents) from
Shiny Learning Click the mouse or use with a switch or space bar.

Also from Shiny learning singing sheep

Help Kidz learn What's behind the present (no need to register)

REGISTER to play . REGISTER to play . REGISTER to play .

Christmas Presents from Help Kidz learn . REGISTER to play . Use switch or mouse

Can you put Rudolph back together. Drag and drop activity from NGFL


Decorate the Christmas Tree A drag and drop activity from
requires Adobe shockwave


Some You Tube Xmas videos on My Sqworl

Art Attack
Christmas theme video

Sunday, 13 November 2011

A resource for the interactive whiteboard

Have you explored TES iboard ? There are lots of games for literacy, numeracy, ICT as well as some useful resources under science.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Safety Poster Competition

AOSEC Competition for learners with learning difficulties and / or disabilities

Students with a learning disability who study at colleges in the South East of England can now enter a poster competition on the theme 'Keeping safe'
Further details on the AOSEC website
Closing date 1st December 2011.

1st PRIZE £100.00 Love to Shop Vouchers

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Changes on Help Kidz Learn . WARNING !

I have recommended lots of games on Help Kidz learn. Unfortunately you now need to register before you can play the free games. You also have to sign in to access the games which will make using the games more difficult. So be prepared . Register now and be ready to sign in all your students every time!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Developing Reading skills

There is always a debate about teaching reading at F.E level to students with a learning disability(i.e teach them to use the skills they already have rather than learning using phonics)

If you do want to have a go at using phonics and teaching tricky words here are some links to help you:
Letters and Sounds guidance from Department of Education
An over view of how and when to introduce the sounds and words can be found at:
A contibutor to the TES website has listed all the key words in phase order
And here are a few resources for teaching phonics at the early stages.
Phase 1
An introduction to sound
Phonics Play has an explanation and some free to use games

Phase 2
Decodable words
Games for the interactive whiteboard from TES I board  (now have to pay to access) covering letter sounds in phase 1 and 2 developing Grapheme Phoneme Correspondence mainly as, at, pat, sat, tap

TES Letters and sounds phase 1 and 2 .
A PDF or publisher document. A collection of flashcards for phases one and two printed on pastel to assist dyslexic pupils with their phonics work as well as other pupils experiencing learning difficulties. The collection includes graphemes, tricky words and decodable words.
phonics play free during the Lockdown school closure April 2020

Username: march20
Password: home

 Another game is Picture match, a game Phase 1 and 2 words from Phonics Play

SEN teacher domino template can also be used to make your own word tiles

Friday, 28 October 2011

SymbolWorld relaunch.

The SymbolWorld website has been redeveloped

E live news a favourite feature of mine is available again in a new format.
The website now include features which allow the user to
Change the size
Change the colours for high contracts
Change between scrolling and single screen views
Highlighted tabbing for switch users

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Early number work. Animal theme

Here are some resources for early number skills based on an animal theme suitable for students with a learning disability
Counting to 5 with Widgit. An interactive activity

Animals to Count
from Tar Heel reader

Animal Worksheets
-Farm theme count how many (needs Boardmaker software)
from Symbol resource.comCount farm animals (up to 2) PowerPoint from the maths section of The Whiteboard room

Also from The Whiteboard room a Smartnotebook Count the animals to 4

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Makaton Signs

Something Special a C beebies programme from The BBC has some useful Makaton signs.

www.john has a Makaton page 

Free resources from the Makaton website

Coming soon

Diwali 26 - 30 Oct 2011
Halloween 31 st October
Bonfire night 5th November
Remembrance Day 11th November
Children in Need 18th November

Resources for Halloween


Remembrance Day
This year Remembrance Day falls at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011. More details from The British Legion website

Children in Need


Tuesday, 11 October 2011

A symbol based resource

A new website with symbol resources to explore.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Animal theme for literacy

BSL alphabet test yourself from HelpKidz learn

Animal Alphabet from Tar Heel Reader

Millionaire Spell Animals
from The Whiteboard Room Reading section
Make an animal word dominoes set using a SEN TEACHER template

Animal word search

Simple animal wordsearch both from Worksheet Genius

BSL signs Animals from London City university

Old Macdonald had a farm - A free resource from Makaton. It has Makaton signs for sheep,pig,cow,horse and children.

Animal Makaton signs from BBC Something Special

Animals, transport and vehicles book of signs Makaton £19.99

Friday, 30 September 2011

Computer Skills and Music

Music which can be activated using a switch or the space bar


Chicken Little


More Music Videos from Priory Woods

Music using the mouse
Peeping Musician from Help Kidz learn
Unfortunately you now need to register before you can play the free games on Help Kidz learn. You also have to sign in to access the games which will make using the games more difficult. So be prepared . Register now and be ready to sign in all your students every time!
Useful for developing mouse skills

Wednesday, 28 September 2011


Here is a quiz worksheet on Shop logos.

And an answer sheet

Here is a quiz sheet on supermarket logos

Easy version also available 

Online shopaholic quiz opens as an Excel document. Entry3

See my other blog entries on shopping

Key words for Gardening

Gardening Key words on My Box net


Saturday, 17 September 2011

To colour in ICT lesson

The Personal Computer an online picture to colour .

If technology should fail here is a verion to print out and colour

Friday, 16 September 2011

Simple On line drawing tools

These online drawing tools have pictures and shapes to colour rather than free drawing. Basic Mouse skills are required. I shall be using these with my M8/Entry1 Autistic students . ABCya! Paint
Drag the pictures from the side bar and choose the paint tin from the paint tools below the frame. You can also colour in shapes which are on the left hand side bar

Colouring bugs from
Poisson Rouge

And for those students with very poor mouse control

from Help Kidz learn a free drawing activity.NOW A FEE PAYING SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE 14.01.15

Here are some simple drawing tools for students using Switches

and from Paupnet
simple drawing with switch or mouse

From NGFL Switch colouring

For a full list of drawing and painting tools visit


Sunday, 11 September 2011

Why Recyle ?

To introduce the topic of Recycling and Managing Waste

Why Recycle? a PowerPoint aimed at Entry 1/2 learners available to download from My Box net

A card quiz linked to the PowerPoint PDF available to download from My Box net.

For other resources see my blog entries on Recycling

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Dangers in the Kitchen

30/10/15,sorry to say some of the links have been removed as they are no longer available - these have been checked

link no longer works but have left the image

Disaster Kitchen from Harcourt school (needs shock wave)

 working April 2020
Dangers in the Kitchen from Sensory World  

 April 2020 link updated and working
Fire Safety Pack from Widgit includes Kitchen Safety Requires COMMUNICATION IN PRINT to download

Cleaner Hands

Here are some resources for teaching hand washing to students with a learning disability.

From the BBC learning Zone, for young people with a severe learning difficulty (Milestone 8) Dirty Hands- a short animated film show a young man eating crisps with dirty hands.

Also from the BBC learning Zone (an Entry 3 resource)

A film :

Hand washing posters from Teachers Underground (Entry level)

Primary section of the Carex site has some good resources on hand washing You will need to register before viewing the resources.

Germs don't like soap animated film (shows vomiting!)

Three hand washing videos,although none are exactly what I wanted
hand washing on You tube

hand washing on Video jug

hand washing challenge

For further links and resources view my blog entries Clean Hands and More Clean hands

food hygiene

Family learning has a list of useful Food games to help teach food hygiene

Scenario cards from Food a Fact of Life
A series of questions with answers
e.g. What would you do if you needed to got to the toilet while cooking ?

Food a Fact of Life
has a series of PowerPoint on Food Hygiene Food contamination suitable for entry 3. A bit wordy but has all the information.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

TES Schools Award

I’ve just been to the TES Schools Award held in London on 8th July. I thought it was a great occasion . The TES invited some of their contributors and as I’ve uploaded quite a number of resources I was invited along.

The TES awards were hosted by Rory Bremner who entertained us with some sharp and witty comedy with a few up to the minute jokes at The News of The World’s expense.

Rory Bremner commented on a recent programme he had made for Radio 4 ADHD and me . It is still available on the I player and well worth a listen.

Other SEN highlights included the award to Beverley Evans from Communication 4 all for her outstanding contribution to the TES website.She has contributed 275 resources which have been viewed 2,559,485 times.

Outstanding Special Needs School of the Year was won by

The New School at West Heath, Sevenoaks, Kent

for their pioneering therapeutic centre: Heart.

The TES F.E awards (previously the Star awards) are up next and its not too late to nominate someone -closing date Friday 15 July

Saturday, 18 June 2011

A lesson on Money

A lesson on money Entry 1. Time - 40minute

Aim : to get better at reading and recording money values and coins.

A game on the interactive whiteboard to start

Recognising coins up to £2.00 from Crick web

A work sheet on coin recognition - Match the values

Writing money amounts practice- use a small whiteboard, paper or a large calculator (for those that don't use a pen) . Use the money values from the Bingo game

Bingo game (uses Java to open)