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23/07/21

Leaving Primary school should be about memories…. https://t.co/3zNcr8Q0K5

23/07/21

And that’s it Year 6…. It’s time to spread your wings and leave the HPAM nest. https://t.co/kg3F8EYYdB

23/07/21

We love a song at our celebrations! Our Year 6 have successfully navigated two lockdowns during their time with us. We can’t wait to hear about their successful educational journeys, as they go through secondary school. https://t.co/EDVewBX4Y9

23/07/21

Miss Bryson starts our farewell assembly for Year 6! https://t.co/1szw5eriJZ

23/07/21

Farewell to our first HPAM reception class… you have been part of our journey from the start! https://t.co/AUIlhwfOUv

23/07/21

Our Year 6 leavers lunch is well under way! https://t.co/tHuVRfc2l9

22/07/21

Our Year 6 leavers celebration is tomorrow morning. Please check your email for information for parents.

22/07/21

Summer holidays can add extra worry and anxiety to some children. If you need guidance or support please check the flyer for further guidance. https://t.co/wTCOqZDUyy

21/07/21

Friday is the end of term! We will have staggered end times for each year group. https://t.co/5fblkdP5wD

21/07/21

Our children are meeting their teachers for September this afternoon. If your child is anxious you can use this resources to help support and discuss their anxiety around the changes while at home. https://t.co/TDNYnwbrh6

20/07/21

Wishing our families and colleagues a safe and happy Eid https://t.co/h1B7ZQGf83

20/07/21

We have a large amount of donated uniforms. So, we will be selling second hand uniform tomorrow at the Ivy Garden gate from 8:30-9:00 and 2:30 - 3:00. All items will be £2. First come, first served.

20/07/21

Year 5 families have been sent their classes for September. If you didn’t get it, you can find it on our website.

20/07/21

Letters about our September classes have been sent to all families in years R - 4. If you didn’t receive it, the letter can be found on the website.

19/07/21

🌡We’re raising the temperature even more with a rock concert! Thanks to for working with our year 6 children this term. https://t.co/mqwi6F0vFj

19/07/21

It's going to be hot this week! Please remember to send in a water bottle and a hat. We also recommend applying sun cream before children come in to school. https://t.co/VGOyqc10rJ

18/07/21

Year 6 families, a separate letter will be shared tomorrow about the end of term arrangement for our leavers.

18/07/21

A separate letter is being sent out for year 6 end of term arrangements.

18/07/21

☀️ Tomorrow is meant to be a hot one! Please make sure all children have their water bottles and a hat for playing outside. We also recommend applying sun cream before getting to school. ☀️

17/07/21

We’ll send information at the start of next week.

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Occupational Therapy

At HPAM, we monitor our children from an early age to ensure they are making good levels of development physically.  If we feel a child is not meeting typical levels of fine or gros motor skills (or other areas of their physical development) the SENCO will talk meet with you to discuss a possible referral to the Occupational Team. 

If you child has an EHCP, they may have an OT package written into their Section F.  If this is the case for your child, our own therapist comes into school once a week to deliver packages to the EHCP children on a rotational basis. 

Occupational Therapy is usually assessed by the NHS.  It is usually when the teacher notices a child is struggling with some physical skills such as buttons on a shirt or kicking a ball.  Occupational Therapy tasks and activities works to improve fine and gross motor skills and motor planning. It can also help kids who struggle with self-regulation and sensory processing. The therapy is tailored to a child’s specific needs. Before it begins, an occupational therapist (an OT) looks at a child’s strengths and challenges, and the tasks that child has trouble with. The OT will then create a program of activities for the child to work on. 

Here are examples of the tasks and skills OTs might focus on:

  • Self-care routines like getting dressed (fine motor skills and motor planning)

  • Writing and copying notes (fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination)

  • Holding and controlling a pencil, using scissors (fine motor skills, motor planning)

  • Throwing and catching (gross motor skills like balance and coordination)

  • Organising their school bag (motor planning, organization skills)

  • Reacting to sensory input (self-regulation skills)

OT consists of exercises and activities to build specific skills that are weak. For example, if a child has very messy handwriting, therapy may include multisensory techniques to help with handwriting. If a child struggles with focus, the therapist might have that child do full-body exercises before sitting down to do homework.

The earlier a child starts OT, the more effective it tends to be. Being able to do basic tasks can also help build up kids’ self-esteem and confidence, which can drop when they are struggling, especially in front of their peers.

Kids who struggle with motor skills tend to be uncoordinated and are often clumsy. Being seen as “different” can put them at risk of being bullied and make them feel like victims.

 

Information adapted and taken from Understood.org