Sensory circuits is a short sensory motor circuit to energise and settle children into the school day. At Brooke Primary School, sensory circuits runs on a 6-8 week rotation so that a number of children are able to benefit from the experience. Sensory circuits takes place on a Monday and Tuesday morning and the aim is to focus concentration in readiness for the days learning, as well as encouraging development of the child’s sensory processing skills.
The children complete a series of activities which include the following:
Alerting: This section includes activities such as running, jumping and spinning in order to stimulate the children’s central nervous system. This helps to energise the children for the start of the school day.
Organising: This section requires the children to use both their brain and their body. It includes activities such as balancing on a beam, throwing bean bags into a target, hula hoops or using puppets to plan an imaginary story.
Calming: This section includes activities that provide deep pressure and help to calm and settle the children before starting the day’s learning.
The children enjoy working together as a team and it further develops communication and team work skills. Our children receive targets to allow us to track the impact of the intervention and these are reviewed at the end of the program which involves the teacher, parent and the child commenting on the success of the intervention.
We've celebrated the end of term of Sensory Circuits in style by having a little picnic! We decided to swap our usual stretches and exercises for a biscuit or two, few games of Duck, Duck, Goose and a good old natter :-)
Here are some photos from a few of our previous sessions as well - just look at those smiley faces - they say it all !!