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Remote Learning

Brentwood College aims to offer an inclusive high quality remote curriculum that is easily accessible to our young people, their families and carers if they are learning from home. The focus will be on realistic functional skills that students can practise at home. Where necessary IEPs will be adapted to reflect home learning opportunities for literacy and numeracy, communication, health and physical and life skills. We will always continue to keep in touch via dojo, email and through telephone calls.


A combination of the following approaches will be used to teach students remotely as is appropriate for the student:

  • Recorded teaching and powerpoint resources 
  • Specialist videos to support specific communication and sensory regulation needs.
  • Online activities such as Boardmaker 7, Oak National Academy, Twinklgo, My Maths.
  • Personalised work packs.
  • Loaning of specialist equipment and resources.
  • Live online lessons and social interaction opportunities


Our Speech and Language Therapy Team will assist with recorded communication sessions, resources or phone calls where appropriate.


We recognise that some students may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those students to access remote education:

  • Where possible we will loan laptops or tablets to students who otherwise do not have access to online learning
  • Parents and carers can inform the tutor if they would like to be considered for a device.
  • College will provide support to those students who have issues with internet connectivity at home

Below are resources categorised into subjects. Your student’s tutor will be able to advise whether they might be suitable for your child.



Literacy – free to use on a computer – free audio video books that support reading  - free ebooks – free resources and online activities

Phonics  - free during lockdown - £15 for a yearly subscription - free online phonics games - free online trial for phonics activities


MyMaths – ask teachers for individual log in details. Teachers will set online maths tasks in line with students IEP/ EHCP Targets – free online maths games - maths activities sorted into topics - online games Free trial – maths online activities

Communication – free downloads to a range of social stories/ visuals - links to communication activities and resources

Life Skills - links to websites which help develop life skills – online games where students can look at images and identify hazards - road safety, food, online safety, safety in the home activities

Opportunities in the home-

Road safety when walking in the community

Recycling/ litter picking

Cleaning/ tidying/Laundry

Cooking/ baking

Personal care

Identifying hazards and learning about safety


YouTube Joe Wickes daily sessions/ 5 a day dances/ Just Dance/ PE Ideas

PE Challenge Videos – Please see our video section on the school web site - links to virtual PE lessons


IPad/ tablet/ computer drawing applications - online links to art activities - online games/ puzzles/ ideas

Computing - online safety videos and activities – typing practice activities and resources - dance mat/ keyboard support – keyboard practice – free trial of coding activities

Music - games and activities online - online videos and activities - links to different sites to play music games

PHSCE - keeping fit and healthy activities - emotions game - feelings game - videos and resources for SEN supporting emotions, relationships and identities

Multi subjects - a safe place online for your child to see, learn, and explore almost everything. – free lessons/ videos in most subject areas – online games/ activities

YouTube  - search for videos or songs relating to an activity (A J Jenkins songs are very good and link to lots of areas of the curriculum) – a range of online and interactive games – English and maths games and online activities - videos, quizzes and activities.

CBBC channel – 3 hours of primary school programmers from 9am each day – links to a range of activities to support learning – links to a range of games to support learning

Video and interactive lessons from Oak National Academy for reception up to year 11 to support remote education. - Has worksheets to print off and interactive games/ activities for all the subjects in the national curriculum.

Twinkl – free for lockdown – PowerPoints and printable resources – Has free printable worksheets mainly in Maths/ English. - Educational resources for pupil’s with special needs. It has activities, songs, games, picture cards, and ideas for help with fine motor skills and emotions etc. - an extensive list and links to virtual learning resources - list of the best downloadable apps for students with autism – high quality online activities that link to subject areas – online videos and games

Sensory - ideas to support self – regulation - list and images of ideas for sensory play with recipes for gloop, slime and having fun with jelly! - list of activities to encourage self-regulation

Lots of practical hands on activities to do if you don’t mind getting messy such as making gloop and using shaving foam and  sand for sensory exploration.

Story podcasts from Pete Wells – just click on the special stories link on the home page and choose a free story.

More great sensory stories including Sheldon the snail and Elvis the singing bull! Just click on the script and download the power point for a great interactive and fun sensory story. You can add resources to go with it or not depending on what you have available.  Lots of fun.

Contains some useful links for parents/carers of people with additional needs during the first covid lockdown (some information may be out of date) but which you may find useful now including links to TV channels and The Sensory Theatre Company Frozen Light’s production which can be downloaded as a power point with music. Also bagbook stories link (or type in bagbooks sensory stories on you tube to hear some stories read aloud. The moving day story is easy to resource and we have a bag book of ‘The Haircut’ in school to complement the story -telling for anyone that would like to borrow during lockdown.

A link to some interesting sensory ideas to do at home from Variety - the children’s charity - some might be useful.