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06/05/21

It’s time! We are so excited to welcome them back to HPAM! Stay tuned for videos and photos celebrating our Y6 journey to rockstardom!

16/04/21

We can’t wait to welcome all of our students back on Monday 19th April.

31/03/21

Wishing all our families a restful break and we will see you all on the 19th April. If you need to contact us in interim please use our temporary email hpaminfo.com

31/03/21

The Easter bunny has been hopping around HPAM today! Lots of eggs have been delivered!

31/03/21

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We will have a staggered early finish tomorrow. See times below. https://t.co/YxisemZJXG

30/03/21

We will have a staggered early finish tomorrow. See times below. https://t.co/YxisemZJXG

29/03/21

Did you know that we upload all letters and newsletters to our school website under the Parent Area Section. https://t.co/MtY8SOQcfT

27/03/21

Our last newsletter of the term has been emailing to all families. You can also find it on our website.

27/03/21

As we want to have a full week for we will be doing this at a later date in the Summer. Information will be shared when we return, of daily parent sessions with our external agencies and members of the inclusion team. https://t.co/xcny68PV34

24/03/21

Dear All, Afterschool club information has been emailed to families. This can also be found on our website.

15/03/21

Thank you. We are proud of all our children, families and staff.

15/03/21

We were so proud to have the visit us today to give the school an award for our Covid-19 provision during lockdown today. https://t.co/17nnbRJqTw

12/03/21

We can’t wait to celebrate next week! For information please check your emails or the website https://t.co/F5mr80fdYj https://t.co/QeTE1cbIYd

11/03/21

We will be emailing and calling families to remind them to return their laptops to school. Please remind anyone of you know they won’t see this tweet :)

11/03/21

Thanks, they’re by some of our lovely year 3 and 4 children.

10/03/21

Our Regal and Emperor children are very proud of their writing this week! https://t.co/iVmIje5vSI

08/03/21

Our wrap around team have worked hard to create activities for the children on their return. https://t.co/IGw4APrJYi

08/03/21

And we’re back to full classes and hallways! https://t.co/Wle8vx8x2d

08/03/21

We are so excited to welcome all of our children back today! https://t.co/7w8dxtXoSW

05/03/21

We will be at the exit gate every morning this week, to collect borrowed laptops. Remember to bring your charger, box or pouch too!! TuesdayReception and Y1 Wednesday Year 2& 3 ThursdayYear 4 & 5 Friday Year 6

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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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