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Rainbow Room - KS1 Social Communication Provision

Welcome to Rainbow Room!!


Due to the difficulties we are facing as a global community, many of our children are having to stay home for their own well-being and our school is closed to the majority of pupils. We realise this will have a big impact on our children and they will find this a very unsettling and anxious time.  Therefore, we will be posting activity ideas and suggestions for how to schedule the days ahead  in an attempt to make this period a little easier for our children.  Please keep an eye on this page over the coming days/weeks. 

As a team, we would like to take the opportunity to wish you and your families good health and hope to see all of our children again very soon. 


The Social Communication Team





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Home Learning


Hello Rainbow Room, 


Click on the three link's below for firstly our hello song, secondly our story time and lastly our goodbye song. I hope you all enjoy and sing along with me.


Lots of Love Ms Hill









Ideally, while the children are at home, it would be beneficial to set up a routine that will be consistent every day.  The key to any routine is  consistency.  In our rooms, we have found that a 'work-play-work' approach works best with work limited to short bursts throughout the day. 


Our children respond well to knowing how their day is going to look so we find it helpful to write a timetable on a white board.  This can be adapted to a home learning environment, e.g., 


First: Get dressed

Next: Breakfast

Then: Work Time

After:Tablet time (30 mins)

Next: Work Time

Then: TV Time (30 mins)


Some key points to setting up a schedule at home: 

  • Use a white board or a plain piece of paper
  • When an activity is complete, say "Breakfast is finished" and cross it off the list or ask your child to cross it off so that he/she can see they are visually moving through the day's activties.
  • Do your best to keep to the schedule. Be consistent.
  • If there will be a change in the child's day, it may help them to adjust if it is written on to the schedlue.
  • To encourage children to work at home, try to make sure that the "reward" after work is something the child really enjoys.
  • Ensure that rewards are timed and try to put on a timer so that the child knows when his/her time is finished.
  • Try to space tablet/TV time throughout the day and include some work activites.
  • Keep work times to short bursts and keep them at a level your child can do comfortably, if it is too challenging or if the child finds it boring, they will be less likely to cooperate with you.


Setting up a Work Station/Table


In Rainbow and Star Rooms, the children regularly work at a work station to complete tasks.   This system can also be adapted to make it easier for the children to transition to working at home.

The children typically work from left to right using a "start" box where the work to be completed is put, the child then takes the work out of the start box, completes the activity and puts the completed work in the "finished" box on their right.  Once the child has completed the tasks in the start box, the work station is finished and the child can go and enjoy some reward time.

A work station/table can be set up on most surfaces and only needs to be set up while the child is using it.  It is preferrable that other distractions be kept to a minimal while the child is working. 


Some key points to remember:

  • Work tables can be set up in any area.
  • Try to have a start box/tray on the left and a finish box/tray on the right.
  • Short bursts of work.
  • Work not too challenging.
  • As distraction free as possible.
  • Reward after work station.
  • Space a few work station times throughout the day.


Some ideas for work are:

  • Name writing practice - write the child's name suing a highlighter or a light coloured felt tip pen and get child to write over.  Some children can overwrite and also copy their name underneath.
  • Letter Formation practice.
  • Pencil control practce - draw some zig zag and other simple patterns with a highlighter and have your child write over them.
  • Ordering Numbers - Children can order cut up numbers 1-10/20
  • Counting- Children to count how many in a group of objects and select correct number from a choice or write the correct number.
  • Number Formation practice
  • Simple Addition - Children to count how many in 2 groups of objects and select correct number or write correct answer.
  • Simple Subtraction - Children to take away an amount from a group of objects and count how many are left.
  • Reading  High Frequency words.
  • Reading simple sentences.
  • Making/choosing a sentence to match a picture.
  • Writing High Frequency words.
  • Naming shapes
  • Counting the corners and sides on a shape.
  • Naming 3D shapes.

There are lots of resources and ideas on a website called Twinkl that may be of some help to you during the coming weeks. 


I am hoping to upload some helpful activites onto this page so keep  and eye out for that too. 

In the meantime, there are Home Learning packs for your children in the Office at the Gascoigne Road site if you would like to pick one up to get you started. 

Below are some pictures of the children working at their work stations and also doing other activities.  I have left these on  to give you a few ideas!


If you need any support, ideas or advice, please do not hesitate to contact me on:

I will be checking my emails daily and will get back to you as soon as I can. 


I wish you all good health and very much look forward to seeing all our children again soon. 


Be safe.

Mrs Hill :-)









Our children use a work station to embed their learning, learn new concepts and to encourage focus and independence.  Each workstation is tailored to the individual learning needs of the child. 
We practice all the skills we are learning during our structured choose time.