Sunday, 30 October 2011

Developing Reading skills

There is always a debate about teaching reading at F.E level to students with a learning disability(i.e teach them to use the skills they already have rather than learning using phonics)

If you do want to have a go at using phonics and teaching tricky words here are some links to help you:
Letters and Sounds guidance from Department of Education
An over view of how and when to introduce the sounds and words can be found at:
A contibutor to the TES website has listed all the key words in phase order
And here are a few resources for teaching phonics at the early stages.
Phase 1
An introduction to sound
Phonics Play has an explanation and some free to use games

Phase 2
Decodable words
Games for the interactive whiteboard from TES I board  (now have to pay to access) covering letter sounds in phase 1 and 2 developing Grapheme Phoneme Correspondence mainly as, at, pat, sat, tap

TES Letters and sounds phase 1 and 2 .
A PDF or publisher document. A collection of flashcards for phases one and two printed on pastel to assist dyslexic pupils with their phonics work as well as other pupils experiencing learning difficulties. The collection includes graphemes, tricky words and decodable words.
phonics play free during the Lockdown school closure April 2020

Username: march20
Password: home

 Another game is Picture match, a game Phase 1 and 2 words from Phonics Play

SEN teacher domino template can also be used to make your own word tiles

Friday, 28 October 2011

SymbolWorld relaunch.

The SymbolWorld website has been redeveloped

E live news a favourite feature of mine is available again in a new format.
The website now include features which allow the user to
Change the size
Change the colours for high contracts
Change between scrolling and single screen views
Highlighted tabbing for switch users

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Early number work. Animal theme

Here are some resources for early number skills based on an animal theme suitable for students with a learning disability
Counting to 5 with Widgit. An interactive activity

Animals to Count
from Tar Heel reader

Animal Worksheets
-Farm theme count how many (needs Boardmaker software)
from Symbol resource.comCount farm animals (up to 2) PowerPoint from the maths section of The Whiteboard room

Also from The Whiteboard room a Smartnotebook Count the animals to 4

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Makaton Signs

Something Special a C beebies programme from The BBC has some useful Makaton signs.

www.john has a Makaton page 

Free resources from the Makaton website

Coming soon

Diwali 26 - 30 Oct 2011
Halloween 31 st October
Bonfire night 5th November
Remembrance Day 11th November
Children in Need 18th November

Resources for Halloween


Remembrance Day
This year Remembrance Day falls at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011. More details from The British Legion website

Children in Need


Tuesday, 11 October 2011

A symbol based resource

A new website with symbol resources to explore.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Animal theme for literacy

BSL alphabet test yourself from HelpKidz learn

Animal Alphabet from Tar Heel Reader

Millionaire Spell Animals
from The Whiteboard Room Reading section
Make an animal word dominoes set using a SEN TEACHER template

Animal word search

Simple animal wordsearch both from Worksheet Genius

BSL signs Animals from London City university

Old Macdonald had a farm - A free resource from Makaton. It has Makaton signs for sheep,pig,cow,horse and children.

Animal Makaton signs from BBC Something Special

Animals, transport and vehicles book of signs Makaton £19.99