Teaching your SEN child at home – Going For a Walk, Part 1

calendarJuly 6 2020

There are learning opportunities in everything we do. Here we show you how your daily activities can help you teach your child. You are probably already doing it already. We help you take it a step further with simple ideas for learning that don’t need any special preparation or resources.

Going for a walk- getting ready to go

Image of a young boy and girl. The boy is helping the girl across a muddy patch in a woodland.

Going for a walk can be fun and there are so many ways and chances to learn, but before you even go out there is so much learning you can do.

Preparing to go out for a walk can be fun and a great opportunity for learning. Talk about where you are going and invite your child to help you plan. Ask your child to help you choose a location, a route or what sort of clothing you should wear. It is a great way to engage and learn and needs minimal preparation.

Geography, PSHE, & Literacy ; here’s how!

We have given you some ideas below of how the sorts of questions to ask and activities you can do. You might find you do a lot of it anyway and didn’t realise you were teaching!!

ActivitySubject areaLearning ideas
Planning your walkGeography/
Ask your child to investigate the weather. What will it be like at the place you are visiting? If you can, chat about what it has been like recently. Then ask your child what they think the ground will be like based on the weather conditions e.g. hard, dry, wet, soggy.

Map a route (1)- Use a map and ask your child to help you plan the route. You can draw a map, print one off or use an online version.

Map a route (2)- Use/ make a map showing the route so your child can follow it as you are walking. If you have done the route before you can add pictures.

Extension: Ask them what time is the best time to go for a walk based on the weather forecast

Now your child knows what the weather will be like, ask them to choose what clothes they should wear. You can lay out a choice for them to point to.
LiteracyNow you know where you will be walking, ask you child to describe things you think they will see. You can use pictures, symbols or toys to help them.

Make up a story about the things you might see. You can use pictures, symbols, toys or other tools to allow them to make up a story.
Science (biology)Talk about the habitats you are going to see. Use pictures of woodland, hedges, beach, etc.
What animals live there? What animals do you think you will see? You can use pictures or toys to help them tell you.

We hope this gives you a few ideas. If you need any help you please post in our Education Forum here.

Please leave a comment below! Tell us how you got on or what ideas you have for teaching Special Needs kids at home!

About Us

Emma Bara has taught about environmental topics and science for years, running whole school education projects, teacher training, science clubs for primary school kids and GCSE Science tutoring. David Bara has years of experience as a SEN teacher and Senior Lecturer of Special Educational Needs. They are the Co-Founders of

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