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January 19th 2021 Newsletter - SEND Service

The Coronavirus outbreak means that parents and carers of young peopole with SEND are facing uncertainty. If your child is not able to attend their setting/school, we want to support you with some practical home learning advice, hints and suggestions through these newsletters and on the Blackpool Local Offer page on Facebook. If you would like any advice or support with any aspect of home learning, please visit the Blackpool SEND Local Offer page on Facebook and submit any questions, your child's school are always there to help too. 

Speech, Language and Communication

Each week we will be providing suggestions for useful apps to support your child. The apps will be for a variety of skills and support. We hope to provide you with some feedback on their reliability and engagement. This week try Magic Fluids Lite a relaxing, colourful drawing app, that will help you calm down and relieve stress, or be creative usng digital art. Available on iOS or Android. 


As families, we need to develop resilience to allow us to cope with all the change and uncertainty that we are currently facing. For parents who feel they need support in helping develop resilience in their child please watch these short videos.

There are a variety of useful websites and apps that can help children to calm and self-regulate. 

This week we recommend you try the website Go Noodle and the app Mindful Gnats. For early years and KS1 children explore the app - Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame Street.

Adult and Family Learning 

The Adult and Family Learning Team are running a number of courses over the spring term. To get in touch, find out about courses or to book a place contact them on 01253 478131 or email

Cognition and Learning

Pearson UK are sharing top tips for reading at home, some ideas and inspiration for finding new books. One example is to create a den and read inside the den. You might even need a torch!

White Rose Maths continue to produce daily 'home learning' lessons for Years 1-9. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child complete the activity. 

Burns Night

Burns Night honours the iconic Scottish poet Robert Burns, who wrote the New Year's Eve Anthem Auld Lang Syne. Five years after Robert Burns died, a group of friends got together to remember him and his poetry. The tradition became established and now, every year on his birthday 25th January, people all around the world celebrate Burns Night with a Burns supper. Explore some family-friendly ideas for your own Burns Night celebrations. 

National Deaf Children's Society

The NDCS are offering a range of free online events that you can join in. You will be able to get lots of information, join discussions with other families, and ask questions to their experts. Booking is essential as places are limited. Closed captioning and BSL interpreters will be available at all of the online events. 


 Last updated: 21 Jan 2021