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17/09/20

Want to know more about online safety as a parent? are running a parenting sessions. Sign up here https://t.co/pOKPWso4My

17/09/20

Socially distanced PE today! https://t.co/uDefel9kMf

17/09/20

If you would like help applying for your child’s secondary school place, please email Miss Shiantelle in the school office. Her email address is s.johnson.org.uk Due to the CV-19 restrictions you must make an appointment.

17/09/20

Year 6 families, it's time to start thinking about your Year 7 applications. Find our letter here https://t.co/89fFK8EcIa Remember if you do not live in Merton, you will need to apply to your home borough.

15/09/20

Thanks for checking! If you need it just let us know :)

15/09/20

Hi it was a letter in their bags last Friday. It’s same details as during lockdown if that helps?

15/09/20

Dear families, we have uploaded a questionnaire about technology access at home. We would like you to complete it for each household. https://t.co/Om7jRI6GyI

14/09/20

Remember homework is being set on Purple Mash. Details on how to access the website and login were sent home on Friday.

10/09/20

Remember to send your child PE kit in every Monday and we will send it home on a Friday for it to be washed.

09/09/20

A massive thanks to for our new Y1 play area! https://t.co/X7E90VxcYM

09/09/20

Our Wednesday assembly focus today was wellbeing and how we can use our breathing to calm our bodies 🧘🏻‍♀️ . Ms Towersey spoke to KS1 about their breathing to help them relax using one of her favourite books https://t.co/CnvGjgwuRy

09/09/20

To reduce waiting time for the office, we’ve introduced a postbox outside for you to drop all forms and letters. https://t.co/KDk4bac1oi

08/09/20

Did you know you can family pair with another Tik Tok account? Read our guide to find out more https://t.co/BATFybnS0v

06/09/20

Retweetd From ColourBlindAwareness

. please don't forget it's (handily always at the start of every new school year :) https://t.co/UOU18OLf3g

06/09/20

We have created a picture version of the menu from to support our children who may need prepared in advance for their weekly choices. https://t.co/ZIe9lJGiGu

06/09/20

If you feel your child is showing signs of anxiety and you’d like support with this. Contact Miss Tami to get signed up to our Trailblazers parenting sessions.

04/09/20

Remember all our letters are on the school website including the reopening information. You can find your year group letter here. https://t.co/XCp4NSjCRR https://t.co/bAPP05jVUV

04/09/20

Dear families, please find the school lunch menu and information on the changes for this term. https://t.co/qXhIJbbcwo

04/09/20

All families should have received a letter about the changes to our lunch ordering. Please check the website for the new menu.

04/09/20

School started today Ezekiel!!! Make sure you check your starting time!

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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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