Literacy support for students with SEN

Sian Evans
10th October 2018
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Practical ideas to help pupils with special educational needs improve their reading and writing skills

Literacy forms a fundamental part of communicating ideas and can be difficult for students with SEN to master. For learners of all ages, being provided with helpful guidelines, templates and techniques can make the difference between struggling and thriving in the classroom.

To make sure you give pupils the support they require, we’ve gathered a range of resources which can be used to cultivate literacy skills across all subjects.  

Resources for young learners

Develop the basics of letter formation with this interactive presentation, which will encourage pupils to become more familiar with writing individual letters. Alternatively, help students get a feel for each letter of the alphabet by drawing on a partner’s back as part of this kinaesthetic game.

Why not make the task of learning to read more accessible with this keyword presentation? Including 41 essential phrases for reading, this resource is an active and engaging way to learn important words. You can also spend time working through this spelling rules presentation so that your pupils feel more confident. 

Basic Letter Formation for the IWB (Sassoon Infant font)

A presentation with animations of letter formation. Letters can be repeated as often as necessary and chosen in random order via action buttons. Small animation of initial sound object/word to match each letter (x is represented by end sound: box and fox). This will work even if you do not have the Sassoon font installed as the letters/writing have been converted into jpegs. The second presentation has a long f and looped k for those who would like an alternative.

By bevevans22

Air Writing Individual Letters

A short fun game which I have tweaked, for younger students and Dyslexic students, which will support their Kinaesthetic memory of what each individual letter of the alphabet feels like. It could be followed with a game of writing a letter on a partner’s back to consolidate the learning; and both games can be repeated as many times as necessary.

By HelenLyall

Get onboard the Reading Tree

An interactive PowerPoint activity encompassing 41 key words for reading. Activity is themed around a train, key words appear in clouds of smoke. There are 4 words/choices on each slide and they do not have to be accessed in a set order. Some animation and sound effects. A fun resource. Comic Sans font used throughout.

By bevevans22

Spelling Rules Presentation

Interactive presentation with a selection of different spelling rules. Presentation can be worked through in any order due to triggers included within. Gently paced to allow for thinking time/discussion etc. Presentation uses a font called Chinacat (round a, easy to read) and this has been embedded. Backgrounds are blue/grey and the font is dark blue rather than black.
By tesDyslexia

Resources for older learners

Support students using this exercise to develop paragraph structure by introducing a handy acronym. Alternatively, help learners with composition and understanding of command words by encouraging them to make use of this editable literacy wheel whenever they undertake a written task. 

Improve the use of punctuation and ensure that full stops and capital letters are used accurately with this comprehensive activity pack, complete with tasks to put theory into practice. Finally, furnish pupils with this organised list of silent letters to raise awareness of patterns and to overcome spelling issues. 

Make your paragraphs SQUEAL

Another acronym to help your students plan their writing - particularly for literature/media essays.
By RMNewbury

Literacy Wheel

Use this literacy wheel created by The Bulmershe School to help students with command words or to give them specific tasks linked to exams/questions.
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By Amjad Ali

SEN Literacy Pack : Fulls Stops, Capital Letters, Simple Comprehensions

The resource includes a set of 15 age-appropriate writing tasks to enable older, SEN students to use full stops and capital letters accurately in sentence demarcation. The content is age appropriate and is particularly aimed at older SEN / ESL students who may find sentence demarcation challenging.

Task 1 - Pupils rewrite a short paragraph (about 100 words) placing full stops and capital letters in the correct places. The content is designed to be engaging and about characters who the pupils ought to be able to identify with.

Task 2 - Pupils complete a short comprehension about the paragraph answering in full sentences with a capital letter at the beginning and full stop at the end.

Task 3 - Involves pupils writing a short paragraph about a featured character.

These worksheets are designed to give students practice at using capital letters and full stops in their writing to reinforce and consolidate this skill.

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Spelling - Silent letters - Consonants

A list of silent letters - that cause a problem so often for the pupils. The list is logically organised, the patterns become visible for understanding.

This resource can be a reference for teachers or students as well.
By gykinga

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