SEND- Additional Support

This is an unprecedented situation bringing so many challenges for families across the Uk and world wide.
Those of us with children with SEND are especially aware of the challenges our own children face at this time. 
As with any child during a period of unusual circumstances it is most important that children are regulated and secure. Anxiety can easily manifest during such a period and it is of the utmost importance that we ensure our children feel safe and happy at this time. We have compiled a range of resources to support with a wide range of needs. Some will be linked to what we have already done in school, to ensure that your child's progress is maintained.. We have included a selection of websites that can offer a range of support as well as downloadable resources. 
If you would like more specific support at this time please contact the school by emailing in the first instance and we will do all we can to aid you through this. 
Sending you very best wishes at this time.  Mrs Gill on behalf of all staff at St Mary's 
Below are a range of resources that may be of help to parents and carers during this challenging time, specifically targeted at supporting children with SEND linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are resources that have been shared with us from a variety of professionals and organisations.
Some of the resources are aimed at children with specific needs but we think the content may be useful for many families.

Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out in the resources below, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.

The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:

• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?

Doorway Online is a collection of free and highly accessible educational games that learners will find easy to use independently. Each activity has a range of accessibility and difficulty options.

In response to the ongoing situation, we have decided to make PhonicsPlay free to use during this period.
Children can use the site at home without their parents needing to subscribe. To access our resources all you need to do is log on using the following details.

Username: march20
Password: home

Some great speech and language resources. They also have a facebook page with some lovely ideas on how to support children with speech and language difficulties.
Mathsframe has a range of free maths games that help develop key skills.
I Can Help resources support children with communication and interaction difficulties and has been recommended by the Devon C and I team!
More support for communication and interaction.