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01/06/20

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Ishaal drew her favourite wild animal and did some research to find facts about https://t.co/gI6e2GrdGN

01/06/20

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“Most headteachers have had what reopening would look like in the back of their minds ever since the lockdown" Interview with Nicole Liddicoat, Head of Harris Primary Merton in today's Financial Times https://t.co/YOB6V98PKy

01/06/20

The school is open for Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 6, ARP and Key Workers. If your child is in these year groups and has not attended today and you would like them to- please call the office between 9.30 and 3.30

31/05/20

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If you have no alternative to public transport, bring a face covering and hand sanitiser if you can, and don’t forget to wash your hands.

31/05/20

Dear Parents and Carers, you can find information about the new school routine (from June 1st) for returning year groups here https://t.co/xMO4LtXT0d

30/05/20

We are so proud of all our staff. Our school is ready to welcome back more children from Monday. Online learning will continue to be uploaded daily for all year groups.

30/05/20

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Lexie-Shanaye Dow watering her & her brothers tomato plants (& sunflowers) Thank you so much for your kind gesture, My children & I are really enjoying learning about gardening during lockdown. https://t.co/uUuWzADKgj

30/05/20

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can help you develop your child's communication skills. Explore simple activities and play ideas and find out about early development👇 https://t.co/j82RXUrom5 https://t.co/KZysW0C3Do

30/05/20

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Parents and carers, check out some home learning resources which are available from - including tips for creating your at home STEAM learning space 👇 https://t.co/dGKllRfcfL https://t.co/xVttdUT8Zy

30/05/20

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Worried about what arriving at school will be like on June 1st? We’ve made a few changes but it means Miss Liddicoat, Miss V and Miss Tami can still welcome you at the gate every morning. https://t.co/YvNAvuBz4o

29/05/20

She will love this Addy!! :) https://t.co/gYWXEiWgAY

27/05/20

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Do you love Harry Potter? Want more from J.K.Rowling? Want a whole, new book for free? A chapter a day from today till July... The Ickabog - read yourself (7-9yrs) or have it read to you! Post your review of chapter 1 here! https://t.co/UHj1sRZTrw

26/05/20

Worried about what arriving at school will be like on June 1st? We’ve made a few changes but it means Miss Liddicoat, Miss V and Miss Tami can still welcome you at the gate every morning. https://t.co/YvNAvuBz4o

26/05/20

Miss Liddicoat has recorded the Hobbit Part 2 just in time for year 6 returning next week to hear the rest of the novel! https://t.co/4EkUDaSATy via

25/05/20

We would like to wish to all our families who celebrated Eid-Ul -Fitr over the weekend https://t.co/8oblrlEold

25/05/20

It’s half term! Our wellbeing slides for the week have been uploaded for all to do over the next week. https://t.co/Q07m8a5Wum

22/05/20

You’re welcome

21/05/20

This has made Ms Matchel-Cox smile today. She says Thankyou very much!#teamhpam https://t.co/qMGZ9ycDYP

21/05/20

Retweetd From jo merrall

busy day doing maths, a story map about Jasper and his beanstalk and just some drawing and writing!! 👍👍well done OP https://t.co/gvy34dfKo6

21/05/20

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We couldn't let go by without saying a massive thank you to all the staff at . You guys are all amazing and we are so grateful for all the hard work you have put into home learning! Special shout out to and Mr Eustace! https://t.co/wN3gH0Vyhq

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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

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