SEND – Sensory and Physical

SEND – Sensory and Physical

Many children with vision impairment (VI), hearing impairment (HI) or a multi-sensory impairment (MSI) will require specialist support and/or equipment to access their learning. Children with an MSI have a combination of vision and hearing difficulties.
Likewise, some children with a physical disability (PD) require additional ongoing support and equipment to access all the opportunities available to their peers.

For some great ideas for multisensory learning, please click here

Fine and Gross Motor Skills

Fine motor activities build the tiny muscles in the fingers and hands that are necessary for tasks such as learning to write, doing and undoing zips and buttons and using a knife and fork.

Dough Disco (YouTube) is great for fine motor skills as is BBC Dance Mat which teaches touch-typing.

Activities to improve fine motor skills:

There are lots of activities that can be done at home to improve fine motor skills, including sorting activities, play dough/salt dough, painting, beading/threading, weaving/sewing and building with bricks.

Printables for fine motor skills:

Number tracing sheet

Letter tracing sheet

Pencil control activity cards

Cutting skills booklet

Fine Motor Skills Activity Cards 


Gross motor activities, in contrast, use the larger, core-stabilising muscles, but they are just as important to develop. In fact, children will often find sitting at a desk practising fine motor skills easier if they have developed their gross motor skills, as their back and shoulder muscles enable them to sit in an upright position at a desk for longer periods of time.

Why not get involved with P.E. during Lockdown and join Joe Wicks for a workout or do a Cosmic Yoga session? Both can be found on YouTube.

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