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April Teaching Calendar

Updated: Apr 1


Teaching ideas, activities and inspiration to celebrate the month of April. Ramadan, Find a Rainbow Day, World Art Day, World Health Day and more!





2nd April - 1st May

Ramadan

Sawm is the fourth pillar of Islam, the obligation to fast from dawn to sunset.


Enjoy a Traditional Ramadan Meal

This activity provides the opportunity for students to explore and express their likes, dislikes and preferences giving them a voice and a choice in their food, try new foods and increase variety in their diet.

Pre-Dawn Meal

  • Rice Pudding

  • Dried Fruit (Apple, Apricots, Bananas, Dates Figs, Mango, Papayas, Peaches, Prunes, Raisins)

  • Feta Cheese


After Sunset Meal

  • Lentil Soup & Crusty Bread


Dessert

Spiced Pears (sprinkle tinned pears with cinnamon and brown sugar)

  • Present the foods to touch, smell and taste.

  • When offering a taste, start with a little touch to the lips, offer a morsel, an egg spoonful progressing to a small bite.

  • Can the sensory explorer communicate a request for more?

  • Can the sensory explorer make a rejection if they do not like a food item?

  • Can the sensory explorer choose between two motivating foods?

Be allergy aware.


3rd April

Find a Rainbow Day

The rainbow flag represents the LGBTQ community.

The National Find a Rainbow Day is also used to spread awareness about the LGBTQ community.

Engage in Scientific Investigation

Make a Rainbow

You will need

  • Torch

  • Glass

  • Water

  • Sheet of White Paper

Method

  1. Fill a glass 3/4 with water.

  2. Place a white sheet of paper on a table.

  3. Hold the glass above the paper.

  4. Shine the torch from the top of the glass above the water

  5. Adjust the position of the paper until the rainbow form.

The Science Bit!

When the light passes through the water it breaks up into all the colours it is made from creating a rainbow.


Rainbows End Treasure Hunt

This activity promotes problem solving skills and physical development.

Hide multicoloured 'treasure' items around the room, garden or outdoor area (under rocks, in leaf piles or in containers): Acrylic Gems, Baubles, Buttons, Coloured Pegs, Costume Jewellery, Lego/Duplo Bricks, Material, Pom Poms, Ribbon, Tinsel.


Provide clues to help students to locate the treasure. This can be done verbally, through the 'hot' and 'cold' game, riddles, visual clues or provide a map.


Provide a box or bag for the sensory explorer to store their discovered treasure as they find it.

Alternatively provide a tick list or create a laminated visual board for the sensory explorer to tick off or circle as the treasure is found.


Alternative Treasure Hunt Activity

Place multicoloured 'treasure' inside a box of coloured shredded paper.

Can the students use their sense of touch to find the items?

Provide a torch to explore how the treasure sparkles and reflects in the light.


Explore a Kaleidoscope.

Can the student rotate the dial independently and watch the images and patterns created as the colourful beads, feathers and small pieces of glass rotate?


Colour Sorting Game

Develop Fine Motor Skills and Colour Recognition

Can the sensory explorer use safety tweezers/chopsticks/their fingers and thumbs to pick up coloured buttons, Lego bricks, pom poms, gems and rainbow drops?

Can the sensory explorer sort items of the same colour into boxes/baskets.


Rainbow Sensory Umbrella

Thread the ribs of an umbrella with multicoloured LED battery lights (tape the battery pack to the handle of the umbrella)

Tie colourful ribbons, streamers and mirrors (to reflect the colours) to the ribs of the umbrella. Rotate.

7th April

World Health Day

World Health Day is dedicated to promoting the benefits of good health and wellbeing.

Themes change each year, for 2022, WHO will focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy. Clean air, clean water and clean food.


Help the Planet...Plant a Tree

Trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen help to clean the air by absorbing pollutants.


Head into your school/setting grounds or the local park/greenspace.

Search for tree seeds, nuts and cones.

(Wear gloves and do not ingest)


Tree Seeds: Apple Pip, Ash, Common Lime, Maple, Sycamore

Tree Nuts: Acorns, Beech, Hazel, Horse Chestnut, Sweet Chestnut

Tree Cones: Alder, Cedar, Cypress, Pine, Silver Birch.


Plant the seeds, nuts and cones into soil, water and place on a sunny windowsill.


Plant a Pinecone!

You will need

  • A pinecone

  • Soil

  • Pot

  • Water

Method

  1. Fill the soil to the top of the pot.

  2. Place the base of a pinecone in the soil.

  3. Water (but do not saturate)

  4. Place on a sunny windowsill.

  5. Foliage will grow from the cones. You can then plant the cone into the soil outdoors.


15th April

Anniversary of Sinking of the Titanic

Explore the properties of a variety of materials to see which materials float and which ones sink.

Make your boats from the materials that float.

For the Boat Base: Balsa, Cardboard Box, Cd’s, Corks, Cupcake Cases, Feathers, Margarine Tubs, Match Sticks, Plastic Bottle Tops, Plastic Bottles, Lids Dishes and Plates, Sponges, Straws, Styrofoam, Twigs, Wooden Craft Sticks. The Sail: Balloons, Card, Feathers, Foam Shapes, Leaves, Material.

Experiment Make egg box and paper boats.

Explore Cause & Effect Can the sensory explorer direct a fan (battery operated fan/dynamo 'squeeze' fan/hand-held fan, paper/silk fan) at the boat to move it across the water?

Compete Hold a boat race.

Can the students predict the boat that will win?


Explore Can you add cargo to your boat?


Test Durability

Add Ice cubes to the water. How well do the boats navigate these obstacles?


Engage in Scientific Investigation Add salt to the water. Does this enable the boats and materials to float easier?


15th April

World Art Day

World Art Day is a celebration to promote the development, diffusion and enjoyment of art around the world.


This is a wonderful spring activity that engages the senses, promote fine motor skills and creativity.


Spring Paintbrushes

You will need:

  • Dried Grasses

  • Feathers

  • Flowers

  • Leaves

  • Herbs (e.g. Lemon Balm Mint, Rosemary & Thyme)

  • Twigs/Sticks

  • Seed Heads

  • Straw

  • Masking Tape/Rubber Band/String

  • Paper

  • Paint

Method

  • Tape or tie different nature items onto sticks using a rubber band or string, dip in paint and get creative!

  • Explore lines, swirls and create patterns.

22nd April

National Jelly Bean Day!

This is a fun activity (and we all need a little treat!)

Can the students guess the flavour of the jellybean? (to make this easier offer a multiple choice)


Can the students use adjectives to describe the flavour (bitter, buttery, citrus, floral, fresh, fruity, grapey, lemony, limey, refreshing, sour, sweet, syrupy, tangy, tart, toasty, vanilla, zesty, zingy)


Can other students guess the flavour by the description?


(Be aware of allergies and choking hazards)


29th April

World Zipper Day!

A day to be grateful for those little inventions that make a big difference to our lives and an opportunity to promote fine motor skills.


Explore fastenings:

Buckles, Buttons, Cuff Links, Eyelets, Magnetic Clasps, Metal Hook & Eye, Shoelaces, Sliders, Snap Hooks, Toggles, Velcro, Zips.


28th April

National Superhero Day

A day to honour all superheroes, both fictional and real.


Activity Idea

Balance Like a Superhero

  • Balance on a beam or walk along a chalk line without going over the edge.

  • Balance on a peanut ball, balance board or air cushion.

  • Climb on a climbing/traverse wall or a 'jungle gym'

  • Ride a bike, trike, go-cart or a scooter.

  • Jump on a trampoline.

  • Roller-skate, ice-skate or ride skate board.

  • Walk on 'skis', 'stilts', 'mini hops', 'stompers' or 'giant foam feet'


Suggested Resource

'Superheroes - A Multisensory Adventure!'

(£3.98)

Explore superheroes as our student takes you through his school day and meets the superheroes in his/her life.


Table of Contents:

Introduction

Story Props Checklist

How to Tell a Multisensory Story

Superheroes Full Story

Superheroes Fully Resourced, Rhyming Multisensory Story

Objects of Reference

Classroom Superheroes

Speech & Language Activities

Superhero Science

Superhero Superpowers

Superhero Self-Portraits

Superhero Superfoods

Superhero Ideas & Inspiration


April is National Pet Month

Create a Pet Food & Pet Toy Store Role Play Area

  • Set a table and chair to create a service counter.

  • Provide a till/cashbox and money.

  • Lay out tables and display products to sell: Pet toys (raid the PE cupboard for tennis balls, skipping ropes and frisbees), brushes/combs, dog toys, animal feed, straw, bowls, gravel and sand for fish and reptiles, shells, pebbles, seaweed/grass.

  • Make a ‘loose’ animal feed area.

  • Can students use playdoh/plasticine to make animal food (bones, biscuits, kibble) Can students use scissors or tear multicoloured tissue paper to make fish food to sell?

  • Add bird seed.

  • Provide a scoop and paper bags and scales for measuring the food.

  • Encourage students to work together in pairs or groups in their roles in the shop e.g., the manager, shop assistant, cashier, customers. This sharing of roles and turn taking will develop awareness of others’ thoughts, feelings and opinions.

  • Provide art and craft materials so that students make badges to identify their different job roles.

Just Released!

'Jobs and Work Experience' - A Multisensory Teaching Resource (£3.98)

Told as a multisensory story, this resource explores the world of jobs and work experience.


The extension activities are set up to appeal to appeal to a range of ages and abilities.


Early Years and Reception and Year 1 students can explore the world of work through role play and classroom based activities.


PMLD students can explore the world of work through the sensory props and themed activities.


For post-16 students there are ideas for work experience within the whole school and suggestions for where to look for work placements in the wider community.


Table of Contents (44 Pages)

  • Introduction

  • The Benefits of Multisensory Storytelling

  • How to Tell a Multisensory Story

  • Story Props Checklist

  • Fully Resourced, Step-by-Step Multisensory Story

  • The Coffee Shop

  • The Library

  • The Charity Shop

  • The Garden Centre

  • The Hair Salon

  • The Pet Store

  • College

  • Classroom Job Board

  • Whole School/Setting Job Board

  • The Interview

Other Resources

'Spring - A Multisensory Exploration/Teaching Resource' (£3.98)

Table of Contents

  • How to tell a Multisensory Story

  • Story Props Checklist

  • 'Spring' Full Story

  • 'Spring' Fully Resourced, Step-by-Step Multisensory Story

  • Spring Pond Sensory Bin

  • Let's Explore...Lambs

  • Bee Seed Balls

  • Nest Building

  • Make a Bird Nesting Material Holder

  • Chocolate Bird Nests

  • Flower Colour Changing Experiment

  • Spring Weather Box & Sensory Clothes Exploration

  • Spring Nature Walk

  • Bottle Animals

  • Herb Sock Animal

  • Cress Shapes

  • Mini Greenhouse

  • Nature's Art Room

  • Spring Weaving

  • Spring Clean Your Classroom

  • Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

  • Spring Ancient Beliefs - Egypt & The Roman Empire

  • Spring Ancient Beliefs - Shemu

  • Spring Ancient Beliefs - Anglo Saxons

  • Spring Ancient Beliefs - Ancient Greece & Maya

  • Mayan Equinox Sensory Bin

  • Spring Festivals Around the World - Holi

  • Spring Festivals Around the World - Marzanna (Poland)

  • Spring Festivals Around the World - Cimburijada (Bosnia)

  • Spring Festivals Around the World - Las Fallas (Valencia Spain)

  • Spring Festivals Around the World - Cherry Blossom Festival (Japan)

  • Spring Festivals Around the World - Nowruz (Iran)

  • Spring Sensory Ideas & Inspiration


Just Released!

The Queen's Jubilee - A Multisensory Adventure


£3.98


Take your student(s) to visit the Queen at her Palace with this fully resourced, step-by-step multisensory story.


Includes 70 sensory, jubilee themed extension activities linking to areas of the curriculum.


Competition Results!

DESIGN A COVER FOR MY NEW RELEASE - 'The Queen's Jubilee - A Multisensory Adventure!


...and the winner is... Congratulations! Chenai, Evelyn, George, Jude, Logon and Layla, students from Birkett House School whose artwork is featured on the front cover of 'The Queen's Jubilee - A Multisensory Adventure!'

Thank you to Class Teacher Roxanne and the Teaching Team.


It was so difficult to choose a winner as each piece of artwork was unique and beautiful and I appreciate the time, effort and hard work that went into creating each piece.

I wanted to showcase a selection of the other artwork I received, so with the kind permission of the schools/colleges/setting and parents, I incorporated the pictures into the story for everyone to enjoy:)


Thank you to everyone that took part, the schools, Headteachers, Deputy Heads, Teachers, Teaching Teams, Parents/Carers/Guardians and especially to the students!

The ages of the artists ranged from aged 2 to aged 47.


The Queen's Jubilee - A Multisensory Adventure! Join our character as s/he joins the Queen at Buckingham Palace with this fully resourced, step-by-step multisensory story and teaching resource. Includes 70 sensory themed extension activities linking to areas of the curriculum.


Table of Contents The Benefits of Multisensory Storytelling How to tell a Multisensory Story Story Props/Resources The Queen's Jubilee Fully Resourced Step-By-Step Multisensory Story The Queen's Sensory Handbag The Crown Jewels The Queen's Perfume The Queen's Teapot The Jubilee Beacons The Union Jack The River of Hope The Jubilee Time Capsule Jubilee Expressive Arts & Drama Jubilee D&T Cooking & Nutrition Independent Life Skills Jubilee PE Jubilee PSHE Games Jubilee D&T Jubilee Arts & Crafts Jubilee Music Jubilee RE The Queen's Postbox The Queen's Green Canopy


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At A Glance

March 29th - April 4th

Autism Awareness Week

April 2nd - May 1st

Ramadan

April 1st - May 10th

National Pet Month

April 3rd

Find a Rainbow Day

April 7th

World Health Day

April 14th

Vaisakhi

April 14th

Maundy Thursday

April 15th - April 23rd

Passover

April 15th

Good Friday

April 15th

Anniversary of Sinking of the Titanic

April 15th

World Art Day

April 17th

Easter Sunday

April 22nd

Earth Day

April 23rd

St Georges Day

April 23rd

Shakespeare's Birthday

April 27th - April 28th

Yom Hashoah - Hold a minutes silence

April 28th

National Superhero Day

April 29th

International Dance Day

April 29th

World Zipper Day








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