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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 Recognit