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Crooked Steeple Resources produces educational resources and publications. Specialisms include special educational needs and modern foreign languages.

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Crooked Steeple Resources produces educational resources and publications. Specialisms include special educational needs and modern foreign languages.
Spanish - telling the time - board games - speaking and listening
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Spanish - telling the time - board games - speaking and listening

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This resource contains six differentiated board games on the topic of telling the time in Spanish. The games are: o’clock times, half hour intervals, quarter hour intervals, mixed times, twenty-four hour clock, analogue clock faces. All instructions are included as well as ways of supporting and extending the tasks. Simply print the board(s) you wish to play with. Laminate or print on to card for durability. Print onto A3 or larger if required. A dice template is also provided. Pupils play in groups of 2 - 4 and take it in turns to move around the board asking and answering questions in Spanish. (Que hora es? Son las tres y media). A help sheet is provided. A fun way to practise speaking and listening skills as well as the time vocabulary.
SENCO Survival Kit - audits, checklists and booklets for staff (whole school approach to SEN)
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SENCO Survival Kit - audits, checklists and booklets for staff (whole school approach to SEN)

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This is a SENCO survival kit to help to implement a whole school approach to SEN. Included is: A staff SEND audit (along with descriptions) for you to audit your staff training needs and confidence in working with students with SEND. A quality first teaching SEND for you to use on learning walks / observations to identify good practice and areas for development. Two booklets for staff - one on supporting students with dyslexia / literacy difficulties, and one on supporting students with speech, language and communication needs. Focus is on quality first teaching in the mainstream classroom. A powerpoint about dyslexia to deliver to staff. A powerpoint about SLCN to deliver to staff. Suitable for primary, secondary and FE. The author is a senior advisory teacher, trainer and writer in the field of SLCN.
Speech, language and communication needs - whole school / staff CPD / parents pack
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Speech, language and communication needs - whole school / staff CPD / parents pack

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Resources for developing a whole-school approach to speech, language and communication needs. A powerpoint for staff CPD about: what are speech, language and communication needs, what difficulties may children face, how to identify these needs, universal strategies for the classroom. Handouts for staff including the information from the powerpoint presentation. A booklet to send home to parents including easy to implement strategies to support their child's language and communication. The author is a senior advisory teacher for speech, language and communication needs.
Staff CPD Session - SEN - social, emotional and mental wellbeing
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Staff CPD Session - SEN - social, emotional and mental wellbeing

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This is a detailed powerpoint presentation for a staff CPD session - suitable for primary, secondary and FE. Audience: teachers, teaching assistants, support staff, leaders. Discusses what is meant by social, emotional and mental health, explores risk and resilience factors. Activity on how to identify pupils with difficulties. Links with SEN and particular difficulties for this group. Facts and figures included on why this is a current issue. Discusses what schools can do to support this group and improve wellbeing. Video links included. Links to useful organisations and websites.
Staff CPD pack: Meeting the needs of dyslexic students
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Staff CPD pack: Meeting the needs of dyslexic students

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Presentation for use in staff CPD sessions which includes a brief introduction to dyslexia and twenty easy-to-implement classroom strategies (quality first teaching) to enable dyslexic students to access the curriculum. Also included a PDF booklet with the same strategies which can be given out to staff as handouts. Suitable for teachers and teaching assistants at KS2,3, 4 and 5. Great as a whole-school or departmental refresher session on dyslexia. The author is a senior advisory teacher, trainer and writer in the field of special educational needs.
Teaching Assistant's Survival Kit - BUMPER PACK OF USEFUL RESOURCES!
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Teaching Assistant's Survival Kit - BUMPER PACK OF USEFUL RESOURCES!

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This is the Teaching Assistant’s Survival Kit - a bumper bundle of resources and information useful for all teaching assistants, new and experienced, primary and secondary. This kit contains 21 different resources. Begin by reading the powerpoint ‘Teaching Assistant’s Survival Kit Overview and Instructions’ which outlines how to use each resource. Kit contains: Overview and Instructions Powerpoint. Task Management Boards Storyboards. Various Essay Planning Templates. Pupil Writing Checklist. Maths Mat or useful Maths facts. Ten Games to practise topic-specific and general vocabulary. Narrative bookmarks to aid reading comprehension. Times Tables fortune tellers - an activity pupils of all ages love. Working in a group powerpoint, discussion and poster - useful when delivering interventions or doing any group work. Plenary Dice - prompts to lead discussions about learning. Phonics / Visual letter recognition games - snap and pelmanism. Information booklet about how to support pre-reading skills. Information booklet about supporting reading skills. Information booklet about supporting spelling, punctuation and grammar. Learning Self-Audit Profile to support students’ independence. Blank wordsearch grid. Information Sheet and activity for students about revision and examination technique. Oral Presentations planning sheets and self-evaulations for students. Goal Setting Template to support students to work towards goals.
50 speech, language and communication games for the classroom
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50 speech, language and communication games for the classroom

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This resource contains 50 different games and activities which can be used to develop speech, language and communication skills in the classroom. This resource helps to develop speech, language and communication skills in all pupils, as well as those with identified needs. Many of the activities also have a strong link with literacy - supporting pupils to develop reading, writing and spelling skills. This is a collection of games and activities to be used in mainstream classrooms. The activities can also all be adapted for use in small group interventions or for one-to-one work. They require minimal planning and preparation. They are designed to develop speech, language and communication skills in all pupils and to complement everyday teaching. They can be used in any order and staff should pick those most relevant to the pupils they are working with. The games and activities can all be adapted for KS1, 2, 3 and 4. Activities 1 – 13 develop listening skills such as identifying syllables and initial sounds, identifying boundaries between words, identifying rhyme and listening for specific words and information. Activities 14 – 30 develop vocabulary knowledge, both general and topic-specific. Activities 31 – 36 focus on developing receptive language skills – understanding what has been said / written. Activities 37 – 42 develop expressive language skills – the ability to use language clearly and coherently, including how to structure a narrative. Activities 43 – 50 focus on social communication skills such as conversational skills, dealing with difficulties, emotional and social understanding. This is suitable for any mainstream classroom, anybody with a responsibility for SLCN / SEN and for a whole-school approach to developing language and communication skills. For a whole-school approach, try introducing one activity per week and encouraging all staff to use and reflect on it.
Das Wetter (The Weather) German Speaking and Listening - board game and presentation
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Das Wetter (The Weather) German Speaking and Listening - board game and presentation

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This is a speaking and listening game on the topic of ‘Das Wetter’. Students can play in groups of 2 to 4 players. Simply print Slide 4 (the board) for each group. Dice are also needed, although a template is included on slide 5. Full instructions are provided, including ideas of how the game can be extended or supported. Pupils take it in turns to move around the board, asking and answering questions about the weather. A fun way of practising speaking and listening skills as well as weather vocabulary. There are also help sheets provided for students to refer to, and slides which introduce the weather phrases - these, along with the game, would be enough for a full lesson on weather.
Pre-reading / Early literacy skills booklet for parents
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Pre-reading / Early literacy skills booklet for parents

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This is a detailed 16-page booklet aimed at parents on how to support their child with essential pre-reading skills. Sections include: spoken language, phonological awareness, attention skills, memory skills, sequencing, motor skills and instilling a joy of reading. Lots of lots of practical and easy-to-implement activities for everyday. Aimed at parents of children in pre-school, nursery, reception and key stage 1 (although much is also relevant to KS2). Get parents on board and use them to support pupils to develop skills essential for reading and writing. The author: I am a senior advisory teacher for SEN.
German - Board Games - Speaking and Listening - Tenses - Hobbies / Free Time / Sports
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German - Board Games - Speaking and Listening - Tenses - Hobbies / Free Time / Sports

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This resource contains several different games to practise speaking and listening skills in different tenses talking about hobbies, free time and sports. Full instructions are provided about the games and different variations. There are also help sheets provided and templates for dice. Simply print the boards you wish to play with. Laminate or print on to card for increased durability. There are seven or eight different games which can be played so this resource can be re-used with many different classes and for different topics. The games include: Talking about hobbies in the present tense, talking about what you have done in the past tense, talking about what you will do in the future tense, using mixed tenses, adding extra detail to sentences such as (who with, when, how often, where, why?). A powerpoint is also included which introduce all of the present tense phrases. These games are great to complement the topic of hobbies / free time and also any work on tenses. They also work very well as speaking and listening practice for exam revision.
Staff CPD SEN - Bumper pack - SLCN, Dyslexia, SEMH, Social Communication
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Staff CPD SEN - Bumper pack - SLCN, Dyslexia, SEMH, Social Communication

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Enough SEN CPD to last all year! A presentation on supporting dyslexic students in the mainstream classroom - with a booklet for staff containing the same information. A presentation on supporting students with speech, language and communication needs - again with booklet for staff containing the information. A presentation on supporting students with social, emotional and mental health needs. A presentation on social communication skills - along with two activities. Suitable for primary, secondary and FE. Teachers, school leaders and teaching assistants. The author is a senior advisory teacher, writer and trainer in the field of SEN.
Staff CPD presentation - Classroom strategies for supporting dyslexic students
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Staff CPD presentation - Classroom strategies for supporting dyslexic students

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Presentation to be used for a staff CPD session. Brief introduction as to what is meant by dyslexia followed by twenty easy-to-implement classroom strategies, which will require little or no additional planning. Suitable for teachers and teaching assistants at KS2, 3, 4 and 5. Focus is on quality first teaching strategies and enabling dyslexic students to access the curriculum. Suitable for a whole school or department refresher or initial training session on dyslexia and aimed at those who have little / no prior experience of the topic. Writing by a senior advisory teacher, trainer and author in the field of special educational needs.
SPANISH Big bundle of powerpoints covering the basics - colours, months, hobbies, countries & more!
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SPANISH Big bundle of powerpoints covering the basics - colours, months, hobbies, countries & more!

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Eleven Spanish powerpoints - each one includes visuals, new vocabulary, games and activities. Topics covered: Months / Days / Dates. Pets. Colours. Countries. School subjects. Food and drink. Fruit and vegetables. Parts of the body. Hobbies. Sports. Places in town. Great for those teaching Spanish in primary schools or to beginners - enough here to cover the first half term, or whole term if you have only one lesson a week!
German - big bundle of resources on 'House and Home' (rooms, furniture, dative, where you live)
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German - big bundle of resources on 'House and Home' (rooms, furniture, dative, where you live)

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This is a big bundle of resources containing everything you'll need to teach the topic of 'house and home' in German. Several powerpoints intrducing vocabulary - rooms of the house, furniture, prepositions, how you help at home, activities in the home. Worksheets and other activities within the powerpoints. Lots of games for whole-class and small group work. Battleships games for partner work - to practise word order and prepositions. Word loops which can be used as a whole class speaking activity, or printed and used as match up dominoes.
German - Resources on months, dates and birthdays
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German - Resources on months, dates and birthdays

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Bundle of resources on German months and dates. Powerpoint introducing the months including lots of games and activities. Worksheet on spelling months of year in German. Blank template to create own calendar of the months. Anagrams game. Powerpoint introducing the numbers 13 - 31 and how to use ordinal / cardinal numbers. How to write dates in German. Powerpoint on how to ask and answer - Wann hast du Geburtstag?
Teaching Reading and Writing: A Guide for Parents
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Teaching Reading and Writing: A Guide for Parents

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Many parents want to support their child to learn to read and write but are unsure where to start. Which literacy skills are needed in the digital age? Are e-books as useful as paper ones? Do we really need handwriting and spelling skills in the era of predictive text? How do you motivate a reluctant reader or a child with reading difficulties? All of these questions and more are answered in this essential guide for any parent or carer wanting to know how to support their child’s literacy skills in the 21st century. Jam-packed with simple yet effective activities and games, this is an essential resource whether you are helping pre-schoolers, school-aged children or teens. This is a downloadable, printable PDF of the book. The paperback version and e-book for Kindle are available to purchase from Amazon.
La Date - French board game -  for speaking and listening
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La Date - French board game - for speaking and listening

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French board game to practise giving the date. Pupils play in groups of two to four. Slide three is printed for each group and is the ‘board’. Print on to card or laminate for increased durability. Each group will need a dice. If these are not already available, print and assemble to template provided on slide four. Full instructions are provided as well as a help sheet. A great game to practise speaking and listening skills, as well as how to make the date in French. Suitable for KS2-4 and a good revision activity.
Parents guide to supporting language and communication needs
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Parents guide to supporting language and communication needs

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This is a seven-page guide for parents of primary school pupils with many quick and easy strategies they can use to help to develop their child's language and communication skills. Great for SENCOs and class teachers to distribute to parents. The author is a senior advisory teacher for speech, language and communication needs.
Classroom strategies for supporting dyslexic students (Guide for mainstream teachers)
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Classroom strategies for supporting dyslexic students (Guide for mainstream teachers)

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This is a guide for mainstream teachers on how best to support students with dyslexia or similar literacy difficulties. It is a 6 page mini-guide in PDF format and relevant for teachers of students at KS2, 3, 4 and 5. All the strategies included are designed to be quick and easy to implement; they require no additional time or planning and require no previous knowledge of dyslexia. This guide can be copied and distributed among staff at your school or displayed in the staffroom. It is a useful resource to encourage all staff to consider their quality first teaching and to create inclusive classrooms. The author, Victoria Honeybourne, is a senior advisory teacher for speech, language and communication needs. She is a trainer and writer, having published several books on special educational needs. More mini-guides on a range of topics for teachers and parents coming soon...
Your Autism Journey: A self-exploration workbook for young women on the autism spectrum
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Your Autism Journey: A self-exploration workbook for young women on the autism spectrum

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Book now available in paperback and e-book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1537502654/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477217987&sr=1-2 As a young woman on the autism spectrum you perhaps have many questions: What does autism mean? How will it affect you? How can you not just survive but thrive in a world not designed for you? Can you be happy and autistic? Working through this book you will learn more about your autism, identify what is important to you and reflect on practical strategies which can help in a range of situations. You will uncover your strengths, skills and talents, improve your sense of wellbeing, and find out how to live a life which is meaningful to you. This book is aimed at women in their teens or twenties with an autism spectrum condition (such as Asperger syndrome or High Functioning Autism) and includes sections on: self; health and wellbeing; friendships, relationships and communication; learning; employment; and lifestyle. Elements of positive psychology are used to help to promote a sense of wellbeing, self-identity and self-esteem. This powerful book is essential reading for any young woman on the autism spectrum. Written by Victoria Honeybourne, who has a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome, as well as significant professional experience as a teacher within the field of special educational needs, this book enables and empowers the reader to gain confidence being an autistic individual. 'Your Autism Journey' shows you how to survive, thrive and enjoy life, while gaining deeper insight into your autism and what makes you 'you'! 'Life is about the journey!