I’ve been working with students with a Visual Impairment this term, alongside other learning difficulties. Our theme was ‘minibeasts and animals’ and amongst other things we’ve had butterflies to hatch, visits from dogs and ponies and a chance to build a minibeast hotel.

Alongside this we have been exploring the local environment on a weekly basis. There is a (neglected) sensory garden at school, plenty of bushes and trees but very few flowers. We’ve been getting the students to interact with as many of these as possible along the way, often along the lines of ‘feel the tree trunk, here’s a leaf to explore’. I realised towards the end of term that we have inadvertently taught these students that when you encounter a plant, you have to pick a leaf…. I’ll have to think more carefully next year about how I deliver the practical side of investigating plants.


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