Top Access Tips: Creating an accessible classroom environment (non-sighted)

(The following is offered as a general guideline only – your child may require further or different specific strategies to meet their need) Environment/Storage Keep a predictable and consistent classroom environment Provide an easily accessible location for the child/young person to work in. E.g. desk near to the door or to power supply, whilst ensuring the location doesn’t isolate the child/young person Resources, drawers and displays labelled with Braille or objects of reference or tactile marker Provide additional space at child’s desk for equipment, Braille papers etc. Storage space for folders/equipment  in classroom   Language Say child/young person’s name first … Read more

Top Access Tips: Managing the classroom environment (partially sighted)

Top Access Tips: Managing the Classroom Environment (The following tips are offered as a general guideline only – your child may require further or different specific strategies to meet their need. 1.Lighting Good even lighting Avoid Glare Control light e.g. adjust blinds/curtains, move child’s location in classroom according to lighting conditions Environment/Storage Keep a predictable and consistent classroom environment Clearly labelled resources, drawers and displays Provide additional space at child’s desk for equipment, large print papers Storage space for folders/equipment  in classroom Displays Text to be read, at reading height, Minimum 14pt, black, Arial or Comic Sans Clear contrasting colours … Read more

Maths Investigation and Discovery Box

To support numeracy development we need to provide rich concrete experiences, here is a fun idea which you can collect from around the house. Change the items from time to inspire your child and to keep them curious.     Early maths skills include: Discriminating, categorising, classification, counting, developing understanding of one, two, qualities and quantities of objects, understanding shape and distance. Within this box there are many, many opportunities to develop these skills. Warning: The box of items should not be used without adult supervision. In the box there is, (and this is only a guide, you can adjust according to … Read more

Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch

Here are some ideas for a cross-curricular approach to include the child with visual impairment in the Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Humanities curriculum, including opportunities to develop social skills, all linked to and based on the story of the Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch. Materials: Model of Lighthouse – Homemade Model of Lighthouse – Purchased Lighthouse Keeper’s clothes, Mr Gringling – stripy t-shirt, woolly socks, woolly hat, wellington boots, telescope Lighthouse Keeper’s wife – Mrs Gringling, rollers and apron Picnic Basket Furry toy cat Tablecloth 2 plates, two glasses, two spoons, two forks and two knives. Two serviettes. A selection of sandwiches, … Read more

Theme Based Activity to support Sensory Development – Cook

Here I share some ideas to support and encourage sensory exploration in tactile, visual, auditory, smell and taste around the theme of the Cook, as well as helping to develop beginning literacy and numeracy skills. Tactile Feel bread and cake dough Feel flour, margarine, sugar, icing sugar, eggs Whisk eggs, whisk cake mixture, make cakes, make bread mix (packet mix) Feel bread dough rising and changing in shape. Feel difference in cake/bread when uncooked and then baked. Decorating Cakes Wearing baker’s hat and overalls, hair net. Feeling the equipment used to bake with – plastic spatula, bowl, whisk, spoon, scales, … Read more

Sensory Theme Based Activity – Toys

Here are some ideas and suggestions for supporting your child to explore the world of Toys! Tactile   Use toys which move, have sound, have an element of surprise. Squeaky toys, Jack in the box, puppets, mechanical toys, bendy toys, musical toys, wind up toys. Use glitter balls, balls of different sizes, fluorescent balls, to roll on child’s tray. Use spinning tops, yo –yo’s, (use ones with sound and light.) Use laser beams with flashing lights. Feel different toys – fluffy animal toys, Lego people, dolls, action man, toy cars, planes, buses etc. Have a toy’s tea party. Make cornflake … Read more

Positive Eye Sensory Curriculum Ideas – Walking to the shop

Here I share some more sensory ideas to support the theme of: Walking to the Shop Tactile Dressing for different weathers to walk to the shop: Rainy day – cagoule and wellingtons, umbrella – splashing in puddles, simulate sound of rain with watering can on tin tray Sunny day – sun glasses, sun hat, t-shirt, shorts, sandals. Snowy day – woolly hat, scarves and gloves, wellingtons. Windy day – as above Take a walk and shuffle through dried leaves, listen to scrunch of leaves. Fan/parachute to create wind Visual Create collage with dried leaves, children to make rubbings of bark or leave, (draw round … Read more

Positive Eye Practical Approaches- Braille games: 5 rocket men fly to the moon

Here is a fun game to make with your child, using the Lazy Sue, £5.50 from IKEA. The Lazy Sue is a versatile tool and has many lovely fun uses. This is one of many I demonstrate on courses. You can adjust according to your child’s learning and development. You need: 1 Lazy Sue Shiny paper to cover the Lazy Sue Card to cut out the rocket men Textured fabric to cover each rocket man Velcro Braille or large print numbers 1-5 (two sets) What to do: Cover the Lazy Sue with shiny paper, glue in place Add 5 pieces … Read more

Lucky Dip activity to support Braille/Print, initial letter sounds/contractions

This Lucky Dip activity is versatile and can be used and amended to support the development and understanding of textures, shapes, objects, sound, smell, initial letter sounds, objects, concepts. It is very easy to make and can be made with things from around the house/setting, you don’t need to buy any specialist items! A cheap and cheerful activity that the whole family/group can join in with. You will need: Box covered in wrapping or textured paper, labelled ‘Lucky Dip’ Polystrene shapes, or packing materials to fill box with Objects to place in the Lucky Dip Box A shallow tray Velcro … Read more

Sensory Ideas – People as Helpers – Cleaners

Here are some ideas to support a fun sensory approach which could be used in the home to support tactile, visual, auditory access. All activities should be fully supervised by an adult. The ideas are offered as suggestions only. Tactile Feel brushes – sweeping, washing up brush, soft brush, hard bristle brush (with care), mop, pan scourer – plastic, green pan scrubs, white/yellow pan scrubs , feather duster, duster, glasses cleaning cloth, towel, sponge, wet cloth, dry cloth.Warm water, cool water, cold water – cloth wrung out, cloth full of water. Squeeze water out of sponges and cloths.Play at filling … Read more