At Our Lady and St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, a sensory circuit runs each morning. A Sensory Circuit is a short and snappy sensory motor skills programme that helps to set children up for a school day or to help self-regulate them. Children participate in a 5 to 10-minute session of activities designed to improve brain processing efficiency, and they generally find that the circuit is a fun way to start the day. The purpose of the circuit is to enable children to engage in their learning more effectively in the classroom.
They complete a series of activities as detailed below and for the majority of children this leads to improvement in alertness and concentration in class.
The three Sensory Circuits areas are:
Alerting: These activities stimulate the bodies’ central nervous system in preparation for learning. These include spinning, bouncing, skipping and jumping.
Organising: These activities demand the brain and body to work together. These include balance, co-ordination and concentration.
Calming: These activities give awareness of their body in space and increases the ability to self regulate sensory input. These include heavy muscle work and deep pressure.