Welcome to the Inclusion Page!
If you have a child on the SEND register or recieving pastoral support, you will find lots of useful links and resources on this page. We recognise that having a change to routine and time away from school can be difficult for some pupils so we will be updating this page regularly with helpful tips to support you at home.
Social distancing can be hard to explain and understand for some children. Here is a lovely video explaining social distancing in a clear way!
Dealing with the current changes
Things are so different at the moment and we are all experiencing life in a way in which we have never experienced it before! For some children dealing with the changes may be tricky and even for some children who appear to be coping well it is important to acknowledge the changes and support children through this time. To help you do this, please feel free to take some ideas from the powerpoint below. It is full of great ideas and some lovely tasks that can be done.
We want to hear your views!
Birmingham City Council are working with the Educational Psychology department on an exciting project! They want to hear children's views of life during lockdown. You have all shown such resilience, courage and bravery over the past few months so this would be an exciting way to share how you felt during the time and what you did. Click on the link below and it will take you to the page explaining the task. There are also some questions in the link to help guide your ideas. When you have finished you just need to type up your ideas, or take a picture and email them over to: PupilViews@birmingham.gov.uk before the 19th June 2020!
If your writing is exciting and interesting it may be published in a book! Good luck and happy writing!
Click the link to take you to the project page: Childrens views during COVID-19
Coronavirus SupportTo the right you can see a social story to support pupils to understand the Coronavirus. Below are some further links for to explore:
National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/nas-schools/vanguard/news/2020/march/coronavirus-(covid-19)-advice.aspx
Mencap - Easy Read guide to Coronavirus: https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20SS2.pdf
Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/
Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
RoutineHaving a routine is a key part to supporting children when they are off school. Many children thrive when they know what to expect at different times of the day. The uncertainty of not knowing can cause anxiety or stress. To support you with this, here is an example layout for a visual timetable. Feel free to use or adapt and make it your own!
The government have brought together an initial list of online educational resoruces to help children learn at home. There are many websites dedicated to supporting pupils with SEND. Below I have listed some, which are currently being offered for free:
Brain Parade: a visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture choosing games.
HelpKidzLearn: a collection of games and resoruces designed for a range of educational needs and stages.
Visuals2Go: an all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties.
Do2Learn (USA) : a range of downloadable resoruces grouped by themes such as, social skills, songs and games, and picture cards.
Inclusive Teach: downloadable teaching resources to support pupils with SEND
Speech and Language Kids: a range of education and therapy resources for speech and language needs.
Teaching Students with Visual Impairments:
Advice for Parents & Carers
If you think your child has a Special Educational Need or are struggling to think of different ways and approaches to support them at home, the Good Schools Guide has some great information,
Click the link: Good Schools Guide-SEND and have a read!
If you do have any more specific questions or would like to talk to me directly please feel free to email the Ark Tindal School Info account (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your message and I will get back to you.
Kindness doesn't only help others, being kind can help you too.
Make a list of seven kind things you can do for someone else. Some examples might include; giving someone a snack, letting someone know how much you love them, tidying your room or sending a compliment. Each day, do one of the seven kind things from your list.
Communication is Key.
Spend at least 10 minutes each day sitting and talking to your child about their interests. Some suggested questions might be:
1. What do you want to be when you are older?
2. What is your greatest passion?
3. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Here is a video of a breathing exercise you can do. This is a great technique that you could use when you are having a bad day or it could become part of your daily routine.
Here is a yoga activity to watch and join in with. Yoga is a great relaxation activity for all.
Speech and Language
Speech and language development is fundamental to ensure success across the curriculum. The great thing is, many activities that can be done to develop speech and language can be very enjoyable and fun. At the heart of the development is talk. We encourage you to engage in as much conversation as possible with your children. Below are some activities that you can do at home: