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07/07/20

Mrs Nannery has been busy making displays! We love this one! https://t.co/ZCEmslIjeu

06/07/20

Retweetd From SWLSTG

Our Orchid Mental Health Emergency Service which was featured in the Channel 4 documentary 'A Day in the Life of Coronavirus Britain' has been commissioned for 3 more months. Find out more here https://t.co/ASapxTNHV6 https://t.co/uOPd9d8Bp1

04/07/20

Year 6 Parents - Miss V needs your help to make a leavers video for the children. As they were our first Y1, she's looking for photos of the children from Y1 to Y6. First days, Launch day photos, Carnival photos... send them to info.org.uk. Thanks!

03/07/20

Year 5 had a virtual geography lesson this afternoon! Well done each and every one of you! Remember to tell your friends if they haven't joined a session yet! https://t.co/b2bB44tPbk

02/07/20

That is lovely to hear :)

02/07/20

We shall see her at 2:30pm for the PM session!

02/07/20

That’s brilliant to hear! We’d love you back in class too A! https://t.co/Lq6LA0XaGB

02/07/20

Our virtual classrooms have started! After a few tech issues, all our teachers and children were able to see each other. Well done to everyone :D https://t.co/yeSX4P5QzQ

02/07/20

We loved seeing him too! https://t.co/QOAASNN0sF

02/07/20

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First day of learning via RR is so happy to see his classmates https://t.co/msEcIgxcs5

02/07/20

We can’t wait to see all our students via Teams this morning at 9:00. Remember if you have a sibling who needs to share your technology, you can access the later session at 2:30 :) https://t.co/BtO3MQ8MVC

01/07/20

Live teaching begins tomorrow for Years 2-5! Our teachers can’t wait to see all the children! First lesson is at 9:00.

30/06/20

Excellent workshop from to support with transition to Year 7. https://t.co/cQByFngwLW

30/06/20

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Sofia made these cards for her neighbours! https://t.co/JxTgRnS6UI

30/06/20

Dear Parents and Carers, if you did not receive the email about online learning, can you please email info.org.uk with your preferred email for communication so we can ensure it is on the system. Thanks!

30/06/20

Need support with Teams? You can download it on all devices including your phone! The guide is here https://t.co/vPq9Cqs2Rl

29/06/20

We are really excited to announce that we will be going live from Thursday 2nd July! You will be a getting a call with your login over the next few days!

29/06/20

We can't wait to share some exciting news with Year 2, 3 , 4 and 5...

24/06/20

We can’t wait to take part in the https://t.co/LOa3wcCq3e

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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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