Establishing organisational skills

Sian Evans
17th August 2018
Backpack full of stationary to help children remain organised and ready for school

Encourage students with special educational needs (SEN) to take responsibility of their learning with these supportive resources

Learners of all ages could benefit from brushing up on their organisational skills to ensure that they make the most out of their time in the classroom.

From the practicalities of getting ready for school through to being able to logically write down their ideas, this collection of resources provides support for SEN students to help them learn effectively.

Preparing for the school day

Start the day right and plan out the morning routine with these symbol cards, designed to encourage pupils to be more independent when getting ready for the day.  Alternatively, young learners will enjoy this picture card game that gets them thinking, and talking, about what objects they will need to take to school. 

For a more comprehensive approach, this home-school liaison booklet provides students and their parents with a step-by-step approach to manage the daily transition.  And, before diving into lessons, ensure that pupils maximise their potential to learn with these simple checklists that will keep them on task. 

Morning routine mini-schedule Widgit CIP2

Use the symbol cards to make a mini-schedule of the morning routine, in particular getting ready for school. Encourages child's independence and provides visual reinforcement of spoken language. Two documents provided - both the same but one has colour symbols and the other is monochrome (black and white). Kirby Woods Widgit symbols© Widgit software 2011
By beatlesfan


The game is for children with special needs to develop their speach and communication skills. Suggestion! Laminate the sentence and game pages if you want to use it longer.
By korsigita

Planner+ (Home-School Liaison Booklet)

The documents here can be compiled to produce a small booklet (sometimes known as a ‘home-school liaison’ book) that students with additional needs & SEN can take with them to lessons to help with organisational issues. The documents are named ‘BLUE’, ‘YELLOW etc. to indicate the coloured paper we use to demarcate sections within it. They are numbered to help with putting the booklet together in layers. --> For more:
By Matt Grant

Organisational checklists

Symbols (c) Widgit Software 2010. Two simple organisational self checklists to help children with starting and staying on task.
By bluecrayon

Being ready to learn and structuring ideas

Time-out cards are an ideal way for students to let staff know how they are feeling, which means timely action can be taken if needed to avoid an escalating situation.  Or, why not use these visual prompt cards to reinforce class rules so that learners are fully aware of how to behave in the classroom.

Guide students' communication skills with this interview template, which can help them digest verbal information and break it up into separate categories. To improve creative writing skills, these storyboards can be useful for gathering ideas and putting them down on paper in a logical format. 


Time out card for behaviour

This is resource is the two sides both a sad time out side and a happy ‘im ready to join in again’ side of a time out card. You can print both off and laminate to use as a behaviour tool in the classroom. It was suggested to me by a behaviour consultant but I made my own as felt hers was lacking. Hope it helps.

By squish831

Visual Prompt Cards for class rules

A set of reminder cards and desktop strips to encourage/reinforce good classroom behaviour. PCS Symbols format. The images are good sitting (on floor or at desk) no talking/shouting out, put up hand, look and listen.
By bevevans22

Student Personal Interview Sheet

I use this sheet to organise a student's thinking and questions when they interview each other.
By RE Source

Storyboard and Planning PowerPoints

Templates in different styles that can be used to plan story writing and other classroom activities. All are totally editable and allow pupils to add in images, text, sounds and video in order to express or present ideas.
By bevevans22

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