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Airports and Airplanes is a Teaching Pack aimed at sensory learners of all ages. It contains a fully resourced, step-by-step multisensory story, a mini ‘Brief History of Flying’ sensory story plus sensory, themed activities.

Join our character as s/he experiences the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures of the airport, from check-in through to landing.

This resource connects individuals to literacy, history, and topic through the senses and is aimed at supporting:

1. Students (aged 3-19) following pre-formal/sensory, semi-formal or formal pathways in special education schools and settings. The story and activities support the areas of the Engagement Model and link in with many other areas of learning (see ‘Skills Promoted During this Multisensory Story’ image)

2. EYFS students – This resource includes activities and ideas that link to areas of the EYFS Statutory Framework.

3. Year 1 students in non-SEN/mainstream education – This resource includes activities and ideas that link to areas of the National Curriculum KS1.

4. EAL students – The rhythm and rhyme in the stories supports literacy skills and builds comprehension and understanding.

5. SALT students – This resource supports the promotion of language and communication skills.

6. Activity Coordinators and support workers working with adults in care settings.

7. The story and activities and fully resourced step-by-step guides so can be delivered and enjoyed by grandparents, parents, siblings, carers.

Table of Contents
The benefits of multisensory storytelling
Story delivery ideas
Skills promoted in this teaching pack
How to tell a multisensory story
Use sound effects in sensory storytelling
Story props checklist
Airports and Airplanes a fully resourced, step-by-step multisensory story
Sunflower ice activity
Plasticine sunflowers
Pompom sunflowers
Sunflower head printing
Sensory paint
Seascapes and clouds
3D landscape
Airplane vapour trails art activity
Airplanes on the runway art activity
Cloud dough recipe
Chickpea cloud dough recipe
The sounds of the airport and airplane
The smells of the airport and airplane
The tastes of the airport and airplane
The textures of the airport and airplane
Flight sensory bag
Life skills: pack a holiday suitcase
Role play
Re-create a virtual flight
The perfumery
‘A Brief history of Flying’ mini sensory story
Promoting literacy skills

What is a Multisensory Story?
A multisensory story is told using sensory stimuli (props).
The story props are low budget, everyday items found around the home, garden, outdoor areas and in the classroom.

What are the Benefits of Multisensory Storytelling?

1. Storytelling creates a bond between the storyteller and the story explorer enhancing and enriching experiences.

2. Rhyming Multisensory Stories connect the individual to literature, culture and topic in a fun and engaging way.

3. The stories form a base on which to scaffold learning enabling the student to work on personal goals and individual targets.

4. The activities in the stories are designed to promote:
Communication skills: eye contact, listening, shared attention & language development
Self-confidence & well-being: trying out new ideas & skills, practicing self-care, independence and enjoying achievement
Self-awareness: (asking for ‘help’, ‘again’ and ‘more’)
Opportunities to explore cause & effect and build anticipation skills
Physical development: fine & gross motor skills
Knowledge about the environment & the world around us
Engagement in scientific experimentation and mathematical concepts
Development of social & emotional skills: turn-taking & sharing and teamwork

5. The sensory stimuli (story props) are a tool for the story explorer to explore and express their likes, dislikes, and sensory preferences and to have the opportunity to make choices.
This information can be used to identify motivators or items to calm and individual when anxious, tired, or stressed, identify triggers, (some you may wish to avoid, others to work on building tolerance through desensitisation in a safe and therapeutic environment) and used in the writing of care plans to enhance areas daily life.

Your questions, queries, comments, and feedback are always welcome!
Thanks for looking 🙂

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