Sensory Activities for your classroom

Sensory Needs
We all have different sensory needs and there will be a range of sensory needs within every classroom. When are sensory needs are fulfilled we are able to take part in learning and feel more comfortable and calm.
It is important to have a structured routine in the classroom supported by visuals.
  • Movement Breaks - sitting still all day is not good for learning. Build in movement to lessons in the form of brain breaks which can be done within a small area. Simple movement around the classroom or school to get equipment or 'do a job' are not possible in the current circumstances.
  • Sensory corner - have a sensory or quiet corner in the classroom where pupils can go if they need some quiet time. It could have noise cancelling headphones, soft music etc. Sensory toys would usually be suggested but sharing of these might not be possible in the current climate.
  • Multi sensory lessons - lessons that have tactile,visual,auditory and kinaesthetic elements
  • Offer Choices - sit down or stand up to learn, mediums for writing/drawing etc
  • Decrease visual clutter as this can cause distraction and sensory overload
  • Keep noise at an appropriate level - be mindful that noise can be distracting and upsetting for some children. Use a visual cue like a noise meter to reinforce.
  • Outdoor time - outdoor learning is very important and should be encouraged whatever the weather.
Sensory play ideas
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  • Movement/vestibular input: vertical movement—such as jumping, and slow linear movement—such as swinging or a rocking chair.

  • Proprioceptive input: weight-bearing activities and climbing activities.

  • Deep-pressure tactile input: touch techniques—such as massage, ball “squishes” or weighted lap pads.