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17/09/21

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please share with your parents. Our newsletter is now electronic, so parents can open this easily on their phone. Link to September issue is below, including news, photos, and upcoming Open Evening and Open Mornings for Year 6. https://t.co/Zs3udwKvW8

16/09/21

We've popped all the Merton Secondary school information on our school website so its easy to find. There are lots of open days for our Year 6 parents to visit to help them become familiar with our local secondaries. https://t.co/QmxTUwsmAP

14/09/21

We will be hosting our first school tour for prospective parents. Tuesday 28th September at 4:00pm.

13/09/21

class created profiles about their author! https://t.co/NE2Kw6l7Lt

13/09/21

class shared their inner poet by writing their own. https://t.co/tEib2lQMab

11/09/21

class wrote letters for their author. I’m not sure we have room for all the children’s dæmons!! https://t.co/kf6CP9nQyl

11/09/21

They will be very excited to know you have seen it! You’re always welcome to visit, just let us know when an we’ll pop the kettle on :)

11/09/21

Our Y2 children have chosen their favourite book for their classroom display. https://t.co/tnKidxzY0Z

11/09/21

One of our Y1 classes went on a journey of books. https://t.co/QObgfFbXKb

11/09/21

Our new Reception classes and learned all about their authors this week. We can’t wait to watch their love of reading grow. 📚 https://t.co/KdGGMDv24K

10/09/21

We can’t wait to bring this to HPAM soon! https://t.co/uo3z9yO0wE

10/09/21

Our Resource Base children are launching their class names into space! https://t.co/UNgfBhkTOG

10/09/21

You’re always welcome to pop in to chat to them about it further. I’m sure they’d love to hear more about your book and where you got the ideas from.

10/09/21

class celebrated some of our favourite books! I wonder if Miss V still has the photo of the leadership team dressed as crayons! https://t.co/7vX4WrIIZm

10/09/21

class celebrated their favourite book https://t.co/Q68g2QcUtO

10/09/21

class have celebrated all his books! https://t.co/RqxxeNXgt9

10/09/21

class have written to about their concerns around support for refugees in the Uk. https://t.co/WcgSb1y6rm

10/09/21

We got factual about in his class! His books have been part of our curriculum for a long time! https://t.co/rZ5mqfApcR

10/09/21

class have been writing letters to the author! Maybe we should send him a few! https://t.co/5Fa5flDl8w

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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