Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Learning disability garden wins gold at Chelsea

It was Furzey Gardens first ever entry at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show and they clinched the top prize. BBC NEWS

 Furzey Gardens is part of a registered charitable organisation which provides training and residential care for young people with learning difficulties through the work of Minstead Training Project in the heart of the New Forest.
The Project is an award-winning Horticultural Training Centre where young adults with learning difficulties can live and learn and grow to their own full and unique potential.

Sunday, 13 May 2012


L'Arche Bognor in Trosly, France
This photo is from the L'Arche Bognor Flickr photostream

'L'Arche is an international movement which builds faith based communities, with people with learning disabilities, all over the world.'

L'Arche in the UK support people with learning disabilities to reach their full potential.

The Flickr photostream for L'Arche Bognor Regis is a wonderful example of their work.

An interesting website

www.john-paul.org.uk  is a website 'for people who like science but find reading and writing difficult.'

It has lots of picture links (on more than science) and uses Widgit symbols.

The best find  for me was the Makaton page and the link to the
 Inclusive Communication page from Essex which has lots of Makaton videos.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Diamond Jubilee Resources

Free until June 30th 2012 ,the current edition of News-2-You is devoted to the Diamond jubilee.It has news stories,jokes,games and comprehension activities.

Boardmaker Activities Mayer Johnson(log in to a free account first also requires Boardmaker to open resources)

 Has a collection of 27 PCS ThinLine symbols relating to the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The collection includes symbols of members of the Royal Family, Buckingham Palace and other locations and various activities surrounding the Diamond Jubilee. The downloadable .zip file includes the library file for Boardmaker products (for English US, UK, Aus, and NZ), sample boards and installation instructions.


Widgit resource
A PDF contains a ready to print, fully symbolised information booklet. It has information about the Queen’s coronation and details of the central week of celebrations in June. This is accompanied by a set of Diamond Jubilee flash card.

By Royal Appointment...A free piece of clipart to use in your Jubilee projects

The local elections

The Children's society has an article in easy to read symbol form reporting the recent local election results.
For other resources  to support local government and politics see my blog entries on Politics

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Entry 3 resource for Teaching Basic skills Gardening

Entry 3 resource for Teaching Basic skills through outdoor
occupations : Literacy language and Numeracy

News-2-You Free until 30th June

News-2.you is free until June 3oth June 2012
Every fortnight, News-2-You readers connect with the world through their very own currents events newspaper. They read the story of the week and work with the related activities – games, puzzles, recipes, jokes and worksheets. News-2-You is published fortnightly throughout the school year and monthly during the summer break.
Included Every Fortnight:
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  • World News
  • Worksheets
  • Current Events
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  • Assessments
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  • Recipe
  • Holidays
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