Information, Advice and Fun Activities
Please view the categories below for some useful documents, web links, videos and activities to keep you informed and entertained whilst at home.
Click here to view details of how we provide Remote Education during school closures.
Useful Guides and Resources for parents
Our Online Safety page includes links and information which highlight a wide variety of tips and guidance to keep you and your family safe online.
Click here to view the resources.
ThinkYouKnow - Advice and Activities
The ThinkYouKnow website offers advice and support on all aspects of onine safety.
The link below is for their online safety videos with 'Jessie and Friends', aimed at younger children, but these may be suitable for some of our older students as well.
There are also some weekly activity packs on the website, suitable for all children and young people:
ages 4-5 - click HERE
ages 5-7 - click HERE
ages 8-10 - click HERE
ages 11-13 - click HERE
ages 14+ - click HERE
From age-specific online safety checklists to guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, you’ll find a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world.
Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people
Parent Zone's mission is to improve outcomes for children in a digital world, so:
- Children will be safer online.
- Children will be resilient enough to cope with the challenges of the online world.
- Children will be educated for a digital future.
Online Safety Webinar
The National Online Safety service are offering a free webinar that is suitable for parents and carers as well as teachers and safeguarding staff.
For more information please click the link below:
Online Learning and Activities
'Teach Me Too' (Feb 2021)
Teach Me Too is an online library of 40 short educational videos and accompanying learning resources, all designed around the specific learning profile of children with Down’s syndrome.
'Busy Things' and 'HelpKidzLearn'
At Portesbery, we subscribe to Busy Things and HelpKidzLearn, two online learning websites.
Busy Things has hundreds of activities ranging from Literacy, Numeracy, Art and PSHE, all delivered with bright visuals and humour.
HelpKidzLearn has a range of touchscreen and switch-based activities, suited to SLD and PMLD students.
If you have not received your login details for these websites please email:
There are also a selection of other engaging websites in the 'Children' section of our website:
Julia Donaldson and Friends
For all those Gruffalo and Julia Donaldson lovers out there!
EXCITING NEWS! Julia Donaldson (and friends) are showing a live broadcast every Thursday at 4pm on Facebook, where they will be reading her stories and more!
More details on her official facebook page here, or by searching @officialgruffalo on facebook.
Symbolled PDF to help explain Coronavirus
This PDF uses symbols to help children understand Coronavirus and its effects.
Click here to view/download it.
The Super Sensory Play and Cook Book!
This PDF sensory book has loads of 'recipes' (some edible, some not!) for you to make at home with your children. Our teachers really recommend a lot of them, although some of the ingredients are not necessarily something you will have to hand!
Click here to download the book.
10 Free Learning Websites
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The Sensory Projects
A huge variety of resources, activities and stories for our sensory learners.
At Portesbery, some of the videos that are often viewed during choice time are ‘Singing Hands’ (Makaton), ‘Barefoot Books’, ‘Something Special’, ‘Cbeebies’, ‘GoNoodle’ and ‘Dough Disco’.
They are well worth a look if you haven't seen them before.
If you are using an iPad or Android device, we would highly recommend downloading the ‘YouTube Kids’ and ‘BBC iPlayer Kids’ Apps as these offer added security and restrict innappropriate content.
'Flamingo Chicks' - Dance School
Flamingo Chicks is an inclusive community giving disabled children and those with other illnesses the opportunity to enjoy ballet and explore movement alongside their friends.
They have free, accessible dance classes to keep disabled children moving during lockdown!
Linked to the national curriculum for added learning.
See the link below to watch their first 'Space' themed dance activity.
First up, SPACE THEME: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxhu2oh--8c
Makaton signed and with adaptations throughout, classes include ways parents/carers/teachers can support children with limited mobility and translate different movements.
Parity for Disability
Parity for Disabilty, based in Farnborough, is a local charity with a wide impact.
When people with multiple disabilities finish school, services decline and families are left to cope alone. Parity’s skilled support is a lifeline.
They have added lots of content to the 'At Home' section of their website, including links to activities, creative arts, sensory stories, dance and exercise.
BBC Bitesize - Daily Lessons
BBC Bitesize have launched daily lessons for homeschooling in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more.
Oak National Academy online resources hub
The Oak National Academy has launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.
Update: 4th May. They have now added lessons aimed at SEN pupils:
Choir sessions with Caroline Pearce
Our school choir leader Caroline has added some online singing and music sessions to the Surrey Arts YouTube channel; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx69ZUoQXb8Ri3kIJAKLAsg
Some of our students will be familiar with the songs and dances so may really enjoy watching the videos.
Session 1 (introduction):
Spring and Easter Expressive Arts (Feb 2021)
We have collated some ideas for Spring and Easter themed expressive arts to try at home.
Click here to view the list.
How we provide Remote Education (Jan 2021)
Please click here to view details of how we provide Remote Education during school closures.
Health & Wellbeing tips (Jan 2021)
Sam has put together a health and wellbeing leaflet for parents and carers to offer some helpful ideas during lockdown. We hope you find it useful!
Please click here to view it.
Speech, Language and Communication (Jan 2021)
Our speech and language therapy team have put together a calendar of short daily activities for the next month. They would love to see how you get on – please send any pictures/videos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click here to download the Activity Calendar.
'Tiny Happy People' (Jan 2021)
The BBC have launched a new website called 'Tiny Happy People' to help develop a child's communication skills. There are simple activities and play ideas as well as information about early development.
Free Access to Widgit Symbols
You will no doubt be aware of our symbol-based strategy for communication, schedules and prompting that we adopt at Portesbery.
For this we use Widgit software, and they are currently offering 30 days of free access to Widgit Online so that you can create your own resources from home.
Setting up your individual account takes 2 minutes.
Simply go to www.widgitonline.com/offer and fill in the form using the code WIDGIT30
You can click here to download a PDF with more information.
Makaton have lots of FREE printable resources, games and stories along with lots of other things on their website.
Click here to access them.
Free Occupational Therapy Resources
Our Occupational Therapy Team have shared some links to free online resources and documents. Click on the links below to access them:
PECS Home Support
PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) is widely used at Portesbery.
If your child is a PECS user, there are some useful activities and resources for you to use at home. The links below are from the PECS website:
Wheelchair and Limited Mobility Exercises
Click here to download a PDF with some useful exercise ideas for children in wheelchairs or those with limited mobility.
Screen-free Learning Ideas
iPads, consoles and computers offer some great opportunities for learning, but sometimes you can't beat some paper and crayons, puzzles or home baking!
Click here for some ideas and activities that don't involve staring at a screen.
Child-Friendly Coronavirus Resources
Please see the links below for various child-friendly resources regarding the coronavirus and Covid-19.
- Child Friendly Explanation of Coronavirus
- Coronavirus Symbols
- Covid-19 Hospital Passport
- Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus
- Isolation Schedules and Activities
- Resources for SEN children
- Saying Goodbye if Someone Dies
- Social Distancing Story
- Visual Story
Makaton signed story about social distancing
Our Speech and Language team have shared this Makaton signed story about social distancing with us. It's really lovely and well worth watching!
Primary Dept - 'Space' Topic
Secondary Dept - 'Superheroes' Topic
Creative Arts and Cookery
'Box' and 'Bucket' videos
Maths and Number
Literacy and Phonics
Music, Song and Dance
To view the videos that were published during the intial lockdown in Spring 2020 click here.