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News and Discussion Forum

This forum is for professionals working with pupils with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD), Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) and Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD).

There are articles and news items from the EQUALS Chairperson, Peter Imray; our Director of Developments and from other EQUALS Trustees.  There is also lots of links to “Home Learning’ materials and other useful resources and SEN related news articles.

If you are an EQUALS Member and would like to include anything from your school please contact paul@equalsoffice.co.uk



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Cost: £149 + VAT for Members and £249 + VAT for Non-Members.
(payable by cheque or BACS – details of how to pay will appear on your invoice)

There will be a key note speaker, followed by a selection of workshops

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Names of the delegates:

Address:

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Whole Day Workshop Application

Conference:
Date:

 

Cost: £149 + VAT for Members and £249 + VAT for Non-Members.
(payable by cheque or BACS – details of how to pay will appear on your invoice)

Further details will be available soon!

School/ Organisation:
School Order No/ LA:

Names of the delegates:

Address:

Telephone:
Fax:

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Email:

 
 

 
 

Working Effectively with Traumatised Children/Trauma
Informed Care/Trauma Informed Schools

 

Crown Plaza Hotel – Date to be confirmed
Hadrian Education and Development Services – Hadrian School – HEADS

Guest Speaker Dr Margot Sunderland

Hadrian Education and Development Services (HEADS) are working in partnership with
Dr Margot Sunderland to deliver this fantastic training opportunity.

Course Content:

    • These interventions will help you reach out to the most defended children and young people, helping them thrive
    • Effects of trauma on life and learning, interventions that work
    • Helping troubled children thrive, what cutting-edge brain science and psychological research can tell us
    • The traumatised child, healing brain, mind and body. Key emotional and physiological
      regulation interventions
    • Relational stress and relational poverty, the long term impact on the child’s mind and
      brain and interventions that work
    • Trauma informed schools/organisations, why they are essential.

Dr Sunderland has a wealth of powerful images, film footage and case histories, along with highly accessible use of language, means delegates go away moved, inspired and informed.

Dr Sunderland lectures all over the world on the psychology and neuroscience of child and teenage mental health, offering a wealth of practical strategies and interventions, always underpinned by the latest research. Overall, she is concerned to ensure that parents, teachers and mental health professionals alike, are offered the most up to date psychological and brain science research on how children and young people can be enabled to thrive. She is passionate about social change for a kinder, warmer world.

The conference is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The hotel is located in the centre of Newcastle. There are hotel discounts available for
delegates.

Course Bookings

The course cost is £195.00 per delegate (lunch and refreshments are included). The conference starts at 9.15am until 3.30pm. Bookings can be made by emailing david.palmer@hadrian.newcastle.sch.uk, or contacting Hadrian School on 0191 273 4440. The conference starts at 9.15am until 3.30pm.

For further information on our Conference/Training Courses please visit our website:
www.headstraining.co.uk

 

 

Early Years Foundation Stage – EYFS

 

The characteristics of effective learning for pupils with complex learning difficulties
and disabilities in the early years foundation stage (EYFS)

 
Practitioners must also ‘reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect these in their practice’ (Statutory Framework for EYFS DfE 2017 1.9).

The three Characteristics of Effective Learning in EYFS are:

    • Playing and Exploring – Engagement
    • Active Learning – Motivation
    • Creating and Thinking Critically – Thinking

 

 

Contents

    • Introduction – Rationale, Background and How to use the recording sheets
    • Playing and Exploring – Engagement
    • Active Learning – Motivation
      Creating and Thinking Critically – Thinking
    • A Case Study from Brookfields School in Reading

 

Click here to download the document

The materials are designed to be flexible, please adapt them and use them in any way that is useful to you! Any feedback on how you have found these materials and how you have used them would be gratefully received. Please email feedback to admin@equalsoffice.co.uk

 
There is a growing body of evidence that supports the idea that individual learning styles and differences in how young children approach learning affects their later achievements in school
(Stewart, 2011; Bronson, 2000).

The long-term effects of developing positive learning characteristics in the early years are profound (Tickell, 2011), and the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning are integral to the EYFS standards for learning and development. Current requirements are that Year One teachers must be given a copy of each child’s Profile report at the end of EYFS to include a commentary on the child’s skills and abilities in relation to the three key characteristics of learning.

 

 

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 Sensory Stories

 

Resource File Summary Credits
  Bed Bug

1.28 MB

 

Bed bug

181 KB

Find out what happens when you go to bed and your bed turns into a bed bug!  Print and use the script to tell the story.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Pete Wells
Portland Academy
Sunderland
  Christmas Carol

1.28 MB

 

Christmas carol poem.doc

71.5 KB

A sensory version of the classic Christmas story, print the poem for details.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Pete Wells
Portland Academy
Sunderland
  Creation Poem

2.52 MB

 

Creation Poem

57 KB

Use this PowerPoint to re-tell the creation story in a sensory way.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Pete Wells
Portland Academy
Sunderland
  Dozy Dwight on Bonfire Night

1.15 MB

 

Dozy Dwight on Bonfire Night

71.14 KB

Firework code

20 KB

Follow Dwight’s story as he fails to follow the Firework Code.  Print the script for the story and sensory effects.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Pete Wells
Portland Academy
Sunderland
  Evlis the singing bull

3.59 MB

 

 

Evlis the singing bull

42.5 KB

Evlis lives in Memphis and tries to sing like his human counterpart.  Print the song sheet for words and sensory ideas.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Pete Wells
Portland Academy
Sunderland
  Frank the fifteen stone fairy

2.94 MB

 

Frank the fifteen stone fairy

225 KB

Christmas will never be the same again if you tell this sensory story (it makes a great assembly too!) Print the script for the poem and sensory ideas.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Pete WellS
Portland Academy
sunderland
Gobbin Hood

2.93 MB

Gobbin Hood Comprehension

3.27 MB

 

Gobbin Hood

173 KB

A delightfully disgusting take on the hero of Sherwood Forest!  If you have a mixed ability class you can use the comprehension PowerPoint to answer questions about the story.  Print the script for the poem and sensory ideas.

Any age

From P2 (comprehension P6)

Thanks to
Pete Wells
Portland Academy
Sunderland
  Gods sixth day rejects

2.32 MB

 

 

Gods sixth day rejects poem

82.5 KB

find out about all the creatures that didn’t make it through God’s selection process!  Print the script for the poem and sensory ideas.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Pete Wells
Portland Academy
Sunderland
Lambton Worm

2.27 MB

 

Lambton Worm

106 KB

Lambton Work – Song

79 KB

Lambton Worm Song

A sensory story about a scaly beast and a noble knight. Print the script for the song, poem and sensory ideas.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Pete Wells
Portland Academy
Sunderland
  Medusa

681 KB

Medusa comp

674 KB

Medusa Poem

131 KB

Persius and Medusa do battle in this lively sensory story which comes with a supplementary comprehension PowerPoint for mixed ability classes.  Print the script for the poem and sensory ideas.

Any age

From P2 (comprehension P6)

Thanks to
Pete Wells
Portland Academy
Sunderland
My amazing photographs

2.61 MB

My amazing photographs comp

5.76 MB

 

My amazing photographs

63 KB

Join a young man as he takes some amazing holiday snaps but look out for the twist at the end of the story!  There is also a comprehension PowerPoint for mixed ability classes.  Print the script for the poem and sensory ideas.

Any age

From P2 (comprehension P6)

Thanks to
Pete Wells
Portland Academy
Sunderland
Narnia

7.06 MB

 

Narnia

24 KB

 

A sensory version of CS Lewis’ classic story.  Print the script for the story and sensory ideas.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Pete Wells
Portland Academy
Sunderland
Nessie

1.80 MB

Nessie – Comprehension

1.20 MB

 

Nessie

290 KB

 

Find out what happened on a day spent by Loch Ness.  There is also a comprehension PowerPoint for mixed ability classes.  Print the script for the poem and sensory ideas.

Any age

From P2 (comprehension P6)

Thanks to
Pete Wells
Portland Academy
Sunderland
Norbert the Reindeer

3.15 MB

 

Norbert the reindeer

23 KB

Have fun with Norbert and his runny green nose in this rather revolting story!  Print the script for the song, poem and sensory ideas.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Pete Wells
Portland Academy
Sunderland
Rowena Lector School Inspector

1.68 mB

Rowena Lector School Inspector

473 KB

 

Meet the school inspector from hell and see how an enterprising teacher deals with her.  Print the script for the poem and sensory ideas.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Pete Wells
Portland Academy
Sunderland
Sheldon

9.61 MB

 

Sheldon

161 KB

Sheldon the snail gets ready for a day out at the beach but things don’t go according to plan.  Print the script for the song, poem and sensory ideas.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Pete Wells
Portland Academy
Sunderland
Sir Pranceabout

23.2 MB

Sir Pranceabout comp

4.81 KB

 

Sir Pranceabout and the Dragon

61 KB

Another fun filled sensory battle between a knight and a dragon.  There is also a comprehension PowerPoint for mixed ability classes.  Print the script for the poem and sensory ideas.

Any age

From P2 (comprehension P6)

Thanks to
Pete Wells
Portland Academy
Sunderland
Stan the Bogeyman

23.2 MB

Stan the Bogeyman

61 KB

Stan the Bogeyman is no match for Mum in this sensory story.

Print the script for the poem and sensory ideas.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Pete Wells
Portland Academy
Sunderland
Walking through the storm

499 KB

Walking Through the Storm script

34 KB

Read the story aloud as a call and response with other adults and follow the sensory instructions to bring it to life for your pupils.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Nick Wonham
The Bridge School
London
Rama and the Demon King Ravana

19.7 MB

Rama and the Demon King Ravana script

51 KB

The ancient Hinu myth told as an interactive story in call and response. Print the script for the poem.

Any age

From P3

Thanks to
Nick Wonham
The Bridge School
London
Walking through the storm

499 KB

Walking Through the Storm script

34 KB

 

What begins as a pleasant walk in the sunshine turns into a scary experience.  Great for Halloween!  Print the script and retell the story in call and response with sensory interactions.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Nick Wonham
The Bridge School
London

 

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 Targeting & Choosing

Resource File Summary Credits
  American Rejects Target

4.35 MB

Click or touch the star to play the song.  When it stops you are prompted to click or touch to play it again.

Any age

From P3

Thanks to
Sally Paveley
The Bridge School
London(Thanks to the copyright holders of music and images used in this resource)
  Kylie Target

6.43 MB

Click or touch the star to play the song.  When it stops you are prompted to click or touch to play it again.

Any age

From P3

Thanks to
Sally Paveley
The Bridge School
London(Thanks to the copyright holders of music and images used in this resource)
  McFly Target

5.75 MB

Click or touch the star to play the song.  When it stops you are prompted to click or touch to play it again.

Any age

From P3

Thanks to
Sally Paveley
The Bridge School
London(Thanks to the copyright holders of music and images used in this resource)
  Usher Target

3.57 MB

Click or touch the star to play the song.  When it stops you are prompted to click or touch to play it again.

Any age

From P3

Thanks to
Sally Paveley
The Bridge School
London(Thanks to the copyright holders of music and images used in this resource)
  Goal

373 KB

Click or touch the ball to score a goal!

Any age

From P3

Thanks to
Andrew Beswetherick
The Bridge School
London
Hexagons

286 KB

Explore the colourful hexagons by clicking or touching, they all move and play a sound!

Any age

From P3

Thanks to Alison Collins
Moving Faces

711 KB

Click or touch a picture to hear its sound and click or touch anywhere to make it move.

Any age

From P3

Thanks to Alison Collins
Musical Stars Scale

2.16 MB

Click or touch the stars one at a time to make them move and play a musical note, use the last slide to explore all the notes.

Any age

From P3

Thanks to Alison Collins
  Old McDonald

9.87 MB

Click or touch the pictures to make them move and listen to a sound effect.

Primary

From P3

Thanks to Alison Collins
  The Magic Balloons

302 KB

Click or touch the balloons to tell a simple story.

Any age

From P3

Thanks to Alison Collins
  Reveal the Spots and Dots

18.1 MB

Click or touch the target to peel away the patterns to reveal a hidden face.

Any age

From P3

Thanks to Alison Collins
  Blob

11.3 MB

Click or touch Blob to animate him and play a tune.

Any age

From P3

Thanks to Alison Collins
Clown

116 KB

 

Click or touch the clown to animate him and play a tune.

Any age

From P3

Thanks to Alison Collins

 

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 Cause and Effect

Resource File Summary Credits
American Rejects Cause & _ Effect

4.60 MB

Press a switch (set to left mouse click) or touch a screen to play the song.  When it stops you are prompted to press or touch to play it again.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Sally Paveley
The Bridge School
London(Thanks to the copyright holders of music and images used in this resource)
  Kylie Cause & Effect

6.72 MB

Press a switch (set to left mouse click) or touch a screen to play the song.  When it stops you are prompted to press or touch to play it again.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Sally Paveley
The Bridge School
London(Thanks to the copyright holders of music and images used in this resource)
  McFly Cause & Effect

5.98 MB

Press a switch (set to left mouse click) or touch a screen to play the song.  When it stops you are prompted to press or touch to play it again.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Sally Paveley
The Bridge School
London(Thanks to the copyright holders of music and images used in this resource)
  Usher Cause & Effect

3.92 MB

Press a switch (set to left mouse click) or touch a screen to play the song.  When it stops you are prompted to press or touch to play it again.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Sally Paveley
The Bridge School
London(Thanks to the copyright holders of music and images used in this resource)
  Fireworks

5.32 MB

Press a switch to activate a colourful firework display with accompanying music.

Any age

From P2

Thanks to
Sally Paveley
The Bridge School
London
Seascape

8.83 MB

Press a switch or touch the screen to animate the underwater scene and play a song.

Primary

From P2

Thanks to Alison Collins

 

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 Physical Processes

Resource File Summary Credits
  Electricity

569 KB

Name, talk about and match things that use electricity.

Any age

From P4

Thanks to
Sally Paveley
The Bridge School
London
  Electricity sorting

39.1 KB

Drag the items that use electricity into the box.

Any age

From P6

Thanks to
Sally Paveley
The Bridge School
London
  Shadows

3.7 MB

Guess what the objects are by looking at their shadows then match objects to their shadows.

Any age

From P5

Thanks to
Emma Hunt
Grangewood School
Hillingdon
Sources of light

331 KB

A collection of pictures and animated gifs showing different sources of light.

Any age

From P5

Thanks to
Emma Hunt
Grangewood School
Hillingdon
  Explore Electricity>

1.41 MB

Pictures, symbols and captions of the products of electricity. The end slide can be changed to suit your own activity.

Any age

From P5

Thanks to
Michelle Bailey
& Sian West
Greenside School
Hertfordshire

 

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 Materials

Resource File Summary Credits
  Plastic or Wood

1.26 MB

Look at objects in the photos and decided whether they are made of plastic or wood.

Any age

From P6

Thanks to
Claire Barnes
Willow Dene School
Greenwich
  Solids and

Liquids

3.50 MB

Pictures and simple captions of the solids and liquids

Any age

From P5

Thanks to
Michelle Bailey
Greenside School
Hertfordshire

 

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