My school plans half termly, using a theme to bring all the subject areas together. I always find a really good, exciting book or poem and break it down into really small steps, which can be linked to all curriculum areas.
At home, I have a 2-year-old son, so we do enjoy a few Cbeebies programmes. The other day, we watched a sound poem recited by ‘Magic Hands’ and it was wonderful, and got me thinking about how wonderful this could be at the centre of a topic. So, I had a google and found a similar sound poem (The Sound Collector by Roger McGough), and here are some examples from verses 1 &2 of how I would use this for a whole term, bringing in a wide range of cross curricular links. (I’m using loose curriculum areas as each school is different, and the topic could well be anything you like, as you could change some of the words to fit into a theme 😉 ) Hopefully I exemplify how to expand on certain words and phrases in order to get creative and exciting with your planning ideas!
Please message me if you ever need ideas on your sensory themes as this is my favourite bit!
Literacy/ communication and language-
- Make each verse into a sensory poem by finding lovely props for each line, this can make a nice whole class starter activity, or be lengthened into a small group activity.
- Develop communication strategies
- Develop mark making throughout using various media as stated in poem- crumbs, bubbles, cereal etc.
- Develop tracking- left to right and up and down.
- I find Literacy can fit onto lots of the activities below….
- Each week use number rhymes, counting, shape/ colour activities running alongside the following
- Verse 1- put items in and out of bags/ develop object permanence/ sort items into bags
- V1- explore telling the time/ explore daily routine/ explore night and day
- V2- make toast/ cut it into quarters etc/ hand out plates and toast to each child
- V2- fill a tuff spot with cereals, glitter, sand and dig!! Explore, fill, empty, pour.
- V2- make cornflake cakes exploring measure. Add cornflakes to cornflour to make interesting gloop.
- Verse 1- Explore strangers/ family members/ people around school who help us
- V1- can we practice and refine dressing skills/ look in mirror use props to make ourselves look different
- V2- can we share our cornflake cakes with friends from other classes?
- V2- A scraping noise can sound horrible! What sounds do we like/ dislike? Can we share our likes with a peer?
- Verse 1- what can we carry/ grasp/ lift/ pass
- V1- fine motor skills- feel and explore bread crumbs, add glitter and sand to make it extra sensory/ explore on a light box.
- V1- turn locks, explore toys that can be pulled/ turned/ slid
- V2- crunch cornflakes with our feet- what other textures can we walk over/ feel with feet/ hands?
Understanding the world-
- Verse 1- Explore morning routines
- V1- explore sounds as stated/ use a switch to control the kettle
- V1- explore animal sounds
- V2- make toast, explore and taste different toppings
- V2- popping! What else can we pop? Explore different textures and of course make bubbles. Can we make gloop that might pop? What about popcorn!
- V6- I would really explore the word silence, with reflection and mindfulness in mind.
Expressive arts and design-
- Verse 1- what sounds can we make?
- V2- explore bubble art/ bubble printing/ bubble paint
- V2- spread with marmalade- paint with orange scented paint/ what else could we spread?
- Experiment with sensory paint- add colours, textures, foam, scents.
- V1-6- could you make a fab display of sound socks or gloves? Filling said items with lovely sensory items for children to feel and think about?