Supporting students in the core subjects

Support pupils with special educational needs by scaffolding learning in English, mathematics and science using top activities.

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Hand-picked resources to help you to reinforce basic concepts and ideas in English, mathematics and science

No matter what time of the academic year it is, it’s important to make sure that learners of all abilities are engaged and making good progress. While some students need a hand getting organised, others will require more curriculum-based support.

As such, we’ve scoured the site for top resources to help you scaffold learning in English, mathematics and science. But before you tuck in, why not take a look at this collection of strategies for supporting pupils with special educational needs?

English resources

  • Punctuation display
    Brighten up your classroom with these vibrant posters, which remind pupils of the different punctuation types and where they are used.
  • Non-fiction placemats
    ​Support learners as they write a variety of non-fiction texts with these well-presented revision mats, outlining key features such as audience and structure.
  • Skills challenge cards
    Ideal as a starter or timed individual activity, these question cards help pupils to consolidate their understanding of grammar learning at a range of levels.
  • Poetry analysis template*
    Ensure older learners are able to analyse poetry thoroughly and effectively using this adaptable writing frame.
  • Basic essay scaffold*
    Complete with questions to inform both structure and content, this simple booklet guides students through the lengthy process of planning and writing an essay.

Mathematics resources

  • Visual activity sheets*
    Encourage young learners to practise basic counting skills using these engaging, illustrated worksheets.
  • Operations posters
    Remind pupils of the vocabulary associated with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division by displaying these clear posters.
  • Active times tables games
    Get students moving and having fun while practising times tables using practical activities, such as treasure hunts and skipping games.
  • Mental calculation strategy cards
    Offering helpful strategies to support mental and multiplication calculations, these cards can used as part of a classroom display or as a handy reminder for individuals.
  • Telling time workbook*
    Including all of the components for an interactive clock face, this time-focused workbook provides lots of opportunities for telling the time on analogue and digital clocks.

Science resources

  • Materials activity book
    Engage young learners in a topic on materials with this workbook, which contains opportunities for talking, sorting and colouring.
  • States of matter display
    Create a handy word wall in your classroom, in order to support learners as they talk and write about solids, liquids and gases.
  • Practical investigation templates
    Help learners to carry out and write-up biology, chemistry and physics investgations with these well-structured templates, including guidance for teachers.
  • Discussion writing frame
    Older students can use this editable writing frame to structure a meaningful discussion about the results of their experiments.
  • Distance, speed and time task cards*
    50 thoughtfully designed question cards to encourage pupils to practise calculating distance, speed or time.

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Find more posts detailing top resources and ideas for supporting students with additional needs in our dedicated special education section.