Reuse, renew and recycle!

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In Wolverhampton, we are fortunate to have a super art supplier called ‘scarf4art’ In brief, scarf sources its materials from local businesses waste! The stuff you can find is gold, and a bagful of interesting bits and bobs can cost as little as £5!! You have to go to see what I mean, but if you want interesting, stimulating, random resources, scarf is the place for you!

Should you not live in Wolverhampton then use this website ( to find a scrap store near you, and trust me, make time to visit it! Your treasure boxes/ tuff spots will never be the same again!

Rio 2016!

Sports day ideas- Ririoo inspired games for 2016!

Every year I struggle to find new and exciting sports day games that can be fun for both PMLD and SLD pupils. Here are a few all ability games we followed this year (and it was hailed as the best year yet, hehe).

I put groups of pupils together by age group, and gave each group a country as their team name. Prior to the day, classes made flags/ banners/ shakers etc to bring to the event. Thus encouraging a thematic link.

Every sports day needs a warm up! We paraded each teams’ flags/ banners and Olympic torches to funky music. We followed this by playing the classic ‘beans’ game, and for the younger ones, adapted it with Mr. Men characters. (So for Mr. Tall, we stretched, Mr. Fast, we moved fast etc.)

The Games:

Skittles- a classic game, use sensory balls to stimulate and grab, use drainpipes to roll down, encourage classes to make their own sensory skittles!

Popcorn!- a parachute game, where two teams came together as one and made sure all the balls stayed on the parachute through lots of movements. Pupils who found this hard, then enjoyed feeling the movement of the parachute and exploring the colours in front of them.

Don’t spill it! – a water based game, where a bucket was filled with water and was passed along a line of pupils. The pupil on the end then ran to the beginning of the line, before it was repeated. Who had the most water left over?

Drop it!- pupils had to pick up/ grasp as water balloon from one box and drop it into another further away. Who managed to keep their water balloons full?


Don’t forget your cool down! We had ice creams- sssshhh, not so healthy schools huh?!


Talking of Rio, here is a fantastic link to bring Rio into all areas of the curriculum…


Literacy & Communication- Personal stories

A short sensory story centred around the child is a wonderful way to bring Literacy into your sensory classroom. You may want to link it into their school day, their family or favourite things. Just think about what a child could achieve if they were motivated daily by a wonderful story all about them, and what they can do!

An example story…

This is Sam (Show Sam a mirror and name body parts)personal story

Sam enjoys having a good stretch every day (sing a body song that encourages movement)

Sam loves to feel different textures (explore a few textures and make a choice- is it consistent?)

Sam also enjoys watching bubbles fall (attach a bubble machine to a switch box and develop cause and effect through switch work)

Sam enjoys relaxing with a hand massage (engage in a massage)

Link your IEPS to something that they cover during the story e.g. intensive interaction, switch work, responses, grasping, tracking etc. Timetable the story into lessons at least twice a week and ensure repetition, fun and achievements. Of course, over a term or period of time, extend and challenge the pupil by amending the resources.