To be honest, I haven’t been into school since the start of the summer so I have don’t have my room set up yet. As I mentioned before, I’ll be sharing a room this year so we’ll have to do most of the set up together.
Circle tables work really well in a resource room and are brilliant for social groups. However, most schools don’t have circle tables so instead I usually have an L shape.
I usually use 1 table for resources and the second table when working. This works really well for children as they aren’t distracted by other things on the table but the resources that might be needed are close by.
This is tricky as you probably don’t know a lot about the children you’ll be working with yet. There isn’t much point making a beautiful phonics display only to realise in September that none of the children will use it.
Some displays which work well are;
Social skills; here are just some examples. I bought a pack of posters from Evans Educational which are really great for the resource room! I then just used these stars which make things stand out! I also find the ‘Sentence strips’ great as they can be wiped clean and reused. (The picture below just shows how to make a conversation)
I made this Growth Mindset display last year for my classroom but I think it would be brilliant in a resource room too!
I also sometimes like to have a motivational quotes wall.
A word wall is always a good thing to have in any room. Here are some word walls that I have used in mainstream/resource rooms in the past.
It can be difficult to know exactly what to get – especially when you don’t really know the children you’ll be working with and their needs/ what support they might need.
I find it really useful to have a lot of concrete materials for Maths – cubes, lollipop sticks, number lines and hundred squares. I also have a number of ‘frames’ for hundreds tens and units work and multiplication/division. Cards and dice are also really handy to have.
I also have my Maths Box which has lots of different activities and games that the children can use and play to improve different skills in Maths. You can read more about that here.
Literacy and Language
I think a good selection of books is a must. I have lots of fiction books and tons of fact books in my library. This will be great for reading work and also for project work during the year. I also have my Language box which has lots of different activities to practice different skills and to improve oral language. You can read more about that here.
Children learn best when they are active so I like using balls (of different sizes) in the resource room. This can be integrated with literacy and numeracy work as well as developing gross motor skills. You can read all about how I use balls here.
Fine motor skills
I wrote a blog post the other day about using inexpensive materials to develop fine motor skills. I find having a box for fine motor skills works well. Read more here.
Art can be used in a number of ways in the resource room. It can be a relaxing activity, develop self esteem and self confidence and also develop fine motor skills. It can be integrated with literacy and numeracy activities and it is an enjoyable, fun activity for the children. I always have a selection of materials such as paints, paintbrushes, gluesticks, paper, card, foam, scissors, straws and clay.
As part of a social skills group you might decide to do baking/science experiments. For this I usually have a few plastic bowls, wooden spoons and cookie cutters. These can be used for a variety of different recipes and science experiments too!
These are just a few tips to get you started. I’ll take more pictures of my resources and room when I head into school next week.