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asking too much - planning a project!

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Clarella Sun 27-Dec-15 14:53:12

Thanks to new curriculum, our non existent previous curriculum and my over eagerness - Aibu to try to plan a sewing an iPad sleeve for Sen children (mostly asd high functioning and moderate learning difficulties)?!

I'm ploughing into it, with the idea that actually it could all be glued if we use felt, but we do have some g and t children in the mix too - it's year 5 and 6, 4 different classes, who have all surprised me so far in their skills (both positive and negative) - I literally have no idea how it will go down.

At the same time if they don't experience this kind of thing they will never gain skills.

We even have some old sewing machines <faints> I think I'd prefer woodwork to this.... (Which I've done with great success before hammers an all!)

I'm in charge of dt so planning it for all classes to try, I deliver to the two asd classes. Where we might have the most emotional deregulation.


Pythonesque Mon 28-Dec-15 09:22:30

It sounds like you have a huge range of potential abilities to cater to but that is a project that could be achievable. Massive amount of planning probably needed but good luck! Room for the capable to branch out, and perhaps some will surprise you all.

I suppose the other thing is making sure the result is inclusive - an "ipad sleeve" is rather specific if many may not have one at home. But if you source some notepads that would also fit in your proposed dimensions then you end up with a useful item regardless of family tablet ownership.

Clarella Mon 28-Dec-15 10:49:14

Yes I considered that, though we have them in the classroom. I'm going to discuss with staff as it could simply be a cushion, was going for more motivation!

I also remembered wonder web smile

LIZS Mon 28-Dec-15 10:52:56

How many students? As long as you are prepared to machine those for whom that would be tricky their focus could be on decoration, measuring and planning.

Clarella Mon 28-Dec-15 16:13:04

It's about 8-10 per class.

I'm guessing a sewing machine could possibly be a motivator. (And weapon of mass destruction grin)

However if they don't get the experience we will never know. Even if they just sew a few bits and the actual things are glued.

It's still joining materials eh?!

Serious lack of materials / sow to teach art and dt to Sen.

Clarella Mon 28-Dec-15 16:14:53

I'm sitting looking at the star my 3 year old 'sewed' for Xmas.

My niece is in Steiner and made her own knitting needles from tiny ffs.

I just feel fine motor skills in these areas get over looked.

(Don't worry I probably prefer woodwork and modroc!)

Clarella Wed 06-Jan-16 21:40:12

Well I have to say I was very surprised to find it went down a storm. And the sewing skills were amazing! (On binca but still!) and so calm too. They all have some sort of tablet or device and its provided good homework to find out dimensions etc. Differentiated with wonder web and everyone is happy.

(This is a class where one yelled at his sewing and another tipped a table in response - then helped me pick it up and we all got back to stitching)

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