Home Learning

Due to the complex nature of our pupils, home learning at Tettenhall Wood School is personalised to meet to the needs of our pupils as recommended in their EHCPs.

At Tettenhall Wood School, “home learning “is viewed as an opportunity to extend pupils’ learning at home. Home learning opportunities consist of a whole range of activities that are intended to support the individual’s additional, developmental and educational needs. Home learning will vary for each child and is likely to change as a pupil gets older, develops, or, if their needs and priorities change.

For example, it may include:

  • Formal English and Maths work

  • Reading

  • Home and school working on consistent strategies for behaviour following an agreed behaviour support plan

  • Sharing the learning via Evidence of Learning videos for consolidation at home

  • Using particular symbols, signs or objects or words to support your child's understanding and communication

  • Using a particular communication aid or system at home that has been advised by therapists.

  • Family and school using consistent strategies to support a child needing sensory integration

  • Whole school special interest project.

Home learning opportunities are also identified in yellow on each pupil’s Personal Learning Planner

An example of this would be

Home Learning Opportunities

Any of the learning opportunities that could be practised at home are highlighted in yellow.

Additional suggestions for home:

  •  Sharing books and reading in the environment.

    • Encourage to turn the page independently, talk about pictures in the book, label characters and their emotions.  

    • Responding to simple key word questions based on information e.g. looking at a map and finding the toilets.

  • Provide lots of opportunities f to make requests and to follow instructions around the home and in the community.

  • Provide lots of opportunities to answer who, what and where questions? Support to label what she is doing using verbs (i.e. I am cooking, I am eating).

  • Art and craft activities to develop fine motor skills including using scissors with support.

  • Throwing and catching activities, football and target games.

  • Counting out and sorting activities e.g. cutlery when helping to set the table, sorting clothes for laundry, simple cooking activities etc.

  • Dressing and Undressing Skills e.g. putting on own pyjamas at night time, dressing for school in the morning.

 

Sand Play

  • Filling and emptying containers (use a range of containers in the sand e.g. buckets, plastic cups, spoons, funnels, egg cups, takeaway trays, yogurt pots etc.).

  • Make sand castles of different shapes and sizes.

  • Sensory experience (explore the sand by running it through fingers or stand in the sand and allow to cover feet. You could add items in the sand to add texture such as pasta, rice or lentils).

  • Making patterns (use a range of natural materials to make marks and create patterns i.e. wiggly, wavy, straight, zig-zag, circles).

  • Buried Treasure (Use items that your child might be interested in and bury them in the sand, encourage them to search through the sand and find the items).

  • Language Development (Describe the properties of sand e.g. rough smooth, sticky and wet. Extend vocabulary associated with sand play e.g. pour, soft, bucket, sieve, dig, tunnel. Describe their actions and actions of others e.g. pushing, pulling, scooping).

  • Using mathematical language (e.g. full, empty, need more/less, heavy, light, straight, curved lines, name common shapes).

  • Explore and compare wet and dry sand (start with two containers of dry sand, slowly add water to one container and explore the difference).

  • Small World Play (encourage imaginative play by adding small toy people/animals/vehicles to the sand. Use role play to create stories).

 

Going for a Walk

  • Seasonal Walk (Go for a walk in the local area, remembering to take a bag with you. Collect items along the way such as leaves, twigs, pine cones. The items you find can then be used to make a seasonal collage.

  • Texture Hunt (Take a piece of paper and crayon with you on a walk and use different textures to make rubbings from different surfaces along the way).

  • Colours Walk (Choose a colour or many colours that you are going to look for and have a sample of each colour to take with you on the walk. During your walk try and find as many different matching colours as you can. You could use the items you find to make a colour collage).

  • Numbers Walk (Choose a number that you are going to look for and try and find this number as many times as you can along your walk. You could take photos of the numbers to look at them when you get home.

 

Playdough

  • Develop fine motor skills (Use fingers and hands to explore the dough i.e. push, pull, squeeze, bend, stretch, twist, roll, pinch, pat. Use tools to make marks within the dough. Practice cutting skills using scissors or knife).

  • Creative (Make models of people or animals).

  • Shapes (Use cutters to make different shapes).

  • Numbers (You could sing number songs using the playdough to make items i.e. “five fat sausages sizzling in a pan…”).

  • Sensory Play (Add different textures such as glitter, rice, lentils, sawdust to the dough).

  • Language Development (Talk about and describe the dough’s colour, smell, texture and shape).

 

Garden/Outdoor Play

  • Stop and Go (Use your hands to signal “stop” and encourage your child to stand still and then signal “go”. You could use flashcards as a visual cue).

  • Bubbles (Blow bubbles for your child and encourage them to jump and say “pop” and request for more. Encourage turn-taking and sharing skills).

  • Row the Boat (sit or stand facing your child and gently rock together in a steady rhythm. Sing the nursery rhyme “row row row the boat” as you rock together.).

  • Copy me (Introduce actions for your child to copy i.e. rolling, crawling, jumping, walking, running. Demonstrate the action to your child and encourage them to imitate you.).

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