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Ty Gwyn Special School

"Learning To Achieve"

Language, Literacy & Communication

 Summer 2 - The Great Escape

             Sunny Spain Here we come!            
Let's start with a Spanish song and learn how to say Hello in Spanish!

Spanish Song For Children - "Hola Hola" (Song Only)

This educational and entertaining Spanish song teaches children basic Spanish with fun characters, and movement o help us all remember how to greet our frien...

Enjoy listening to this story about an elephant in both English and Spanish.

Un elefante va a la ciudad : Aprende español con subtítulos - Historia para niños ""

Rosa escapes from the zoo and wanders about the city looking for someone. Want to join in her adventures? Get our FREE App for Android:

Enjoy this story about a very unlikely Spanish celebration about a food fight !!

Books for Kids Read Aloud: FOOD FIGHT FIESTA (A Tale About La Tomatina with a sprinkle of Spanish!)

Kids Books: FOOD FIGHT FIESTA read aloud for children takes us to Spain & the world's biggest, messiest food fight! KidTime StoryTime is grabbing a squishy t...

Flying off to France
Before listening to the story let's have a go at this French greeting song.

French Greetings Song for Children

Now you can access my iTunes song for free! My students love this song and will carry on singing it at home or at school. Get the Bonus download here: https:...

Short Stories for Kids | Learn About France

The Hunchback Notre Dame Short Story

Beauty and the Beast Short Story

We're going to Italy!!

Going To Italy by Angelina Fioretti - Videobook For Kids

 The Blue Abyss 

Sensory Story Resources

You will find the Sensory Story pictures below, which will need to be open when you are reading the story. Have the resources ready and also open the music document, and have it playing quietly in the background.

Blue Abyss Sensory Story

In the file below, there are notes to help. Either read beforehand or print out.

Learn to sign for summer | Mr Tumble ☀️🏖️

The Adventures of Paddington Bear - The Great Escape | Classic Cartoons for Kids HD

Curious George | Hundley's Great Escape |Kids Cartoon | Funny Cartoons For Kids | WildBrain Cartoon

 Super Worm 

Superworm! Read aloud children's book

Children's book read aloud. Superworm by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

 Bertie Bee's Fantastic Journey 

Bees are incredible creatures and do an amazing job, helping the flowers and plants. Have a look at this video before you listen to the story and have a go at making the sound of a bee.

With your parent's help, you can make a bee using an old sock, ready for the story. (See Expressive Arts File)

The Bees Go Buzzing | Kids Songs | Super Simple Songs

Bertie Bee's Great Adenture

 The Very Hungry Caterpillar 


This story is an old favourite and the children, with no doubt, will recognise it. This is a story about a special Mini-Beast that has the amazing power to transform!!! Enjoy!!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

In the internationally acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar eats and eats...and eats his way through the week. Taken from The Very Hungry ...

Makaton Topic - MINIBEASTS - Singing Hands

Incy Wincy Spider


Have you managed to find any spiders on your Mini-Beast Hunt in the garden yet? Listen and feel this sensory story massage, about Incy Wincy, and with help have a go at turning an old glove into a spider!! (See Expressive Arts File)

A massage story /song - Incy Wincy Spider

Click Clack Peep

Today, we're introducing a new story about a farm, so you're going to meet some different, amazing animals. These are farm animals.


This story is about a little duck who couldn't sleep.

Firstly, begin this session with a very well-known song, called 'Old McDonald,' which will help to set the scene.

Click on the link below and help your child to listen to this story. 

Makaton Topic - FARM ANIMALS - Singing Hands

 Story time with Julie - Animal Boogie 

Part 1

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Part 2

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Learn to sign Animals | Mr Tumble🐑🐖🐒🐂

Makaton Topic - WOODLAND ANIMALS - Singing Hands

This is a simple story where the children will be introduced to different animals and makes use of repetition. The children enjoy repetition and will pick up on the rhythm and in time will eventually begin to anticipate. If possible, be as animated as you can with the sounds and the acting. (No ones watching!! Apart from your child, and they’ll love it!)


Research the sounds of these animals with your child, as this sets the scene and gives them prior knowledge. There are videos on youtube.


Ideally, the children need an object to refer to, however, in our present circumstances, you may wish to adapt and use any soft toys that you have at home. Alternatively, there are pictures of the animals (In the file ‘AnimalPictures’) provided for you to print off, which could be used if there’s no alternative.


The most important thing is that they enjoy the story, demonstrate listening skills, make some eye contact, and shared attention with the resources. These are all early communication skills.


There is a structure to this sensory story and the children will gain understanding through your simple words, objects, and actions.


Encourage your child to feel each box. Ask the simple question         ’What animal’s in here?’


The animal was too big, so we sent him back: show the elephant and make the relevant noise


Show each box and allow your child to handle it. Then ask the question each time saying he was either:


Too tall, too fierce, too grumpy, too scary, too naughty and too jumpy,


Finally, the Dog is perfect. Make the sign for good: Both thumbs up.


Makaton Topic - WILD ANIMALS - Singing Hands

Dear Zoo Story

Makaton Signed Story - 1 2 3 to the Zoo - Singing Hands

Makaton Signed Story: I Love Animals by Singing Hands





Sensory Story Massage


We all love stories. When combined with the benefits of simple massage strokes, stories present wonderful opportunities for creative fun and interaction. Sharing positive touch offers great scope for imaginative activity and learning for children of all ages and abilities.


The Story Massage Programme combines the benefits of positive touch with the fun and creativity of words – whether as story, rhyme, or song.  Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of the program. These strokes have a name, such as 'The Circle' or 'The Sprinkle', and an easy to recognize symbol making it fully accessible for all ages and abilities.



All the children in Dosbath Gwyrdd have responded positively to sensory story massage and have benefited from the 1:1 communication time. They are a lovely short activity for you and your child to enjoy developing their communication.
Green Green Grass of Home

During our Welsh topic called: 'The Green Green Grass of Home' the children have enjoyed role-playing and performing the story called 'How the Draig came to fly for Wales.' for the school assembly. The story is an old Welsh folk story and there is a suspicion that it may be true!


They've also enjoyed helping to make a book called 'That's not my Dinosaur,' and have enjoyed sharing the book and looking at their artwork.


The children in Dosbarth Gwyrdd really benefit from repetition and may enjoy watching this story again and remembering their work at school.


How the Draig Came To Fly for Wales

Filmed during 2009 as part of a First Light funded project. Filmed by produced by children in class 1 of Penly Madras Primary School. Created by Wem Town Hal...

Here's a lovely story called 'The Reluctant Dragon.' It's been split into little bite-size chunks for the children but is also available as a film.

The Reluctant Dragon (short) - Part 1

The Reluctant Dragon (short) - Part 2

The Reluctant Dragon (short) - Part 3

The Reluctant Dragon (short) - Part 4

The Reluctant Dragon (short) - Part 6

The Reluctant Dragon (short) - Part 7