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Secondary SEN Resources. Primary Stage 1 to Entry Level

I teach a range of subjects to 14-16 year olds in a special school for students with learning difficulties; their levels ranging from 'P' to Primary 4. I'm gradually uploading resources I've made over the last few years which often use topics that reinforce Life Skills essential for a more independent future. Some of my LA activities can be accessed by non-readers with minimal support. I hope you find them useful! Thank you for visiting my shop.

I teach a range of subjects to 14-16 year olds in a special school for students with learning difficulties; their levels ranging from 'P' to Primary 4. I'm gradually uploading resources I've made over the last few years which often use topics that reinforce Life Skills essential for a more independent future. Some of my LA activities can be accessed by non-readers with minimal support. I hope you find them useful! Thank you for visiting my shop.
Entry Level English - Non Fiction Bundle
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Entry Level English - Non Fiction Bundle

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Non-fiction resources designed for KS4 and KS5 students working at pre-GCSE level. Types of text include emails, SMS and adverts. The vocabulary is straightforward and the worksheets designed to build confidence. Questions are tailored to encourage discussion about key words, reading questions carefully, and answering questions where there is more than one mark available. Topics include a swimming club, a pet sitting service, email and text exchanges between friends and an email about a college interview. These resources could also be used for teaching English as a foreign language.
Entry Level English - Reading Non Fiction - Email and Text 2
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Entry Level English - Reading Non Fiction - Email and Text 2

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These linked email and SMS texts (and associated worksheets) are great for teaching non-fiction reading to KS4 and KS5 students working at Pre-GCSE level. The texts in this activity are focused around college applications and interviews; something highly relevant to our older students. It also links nicely to a speaking and listening activity, with the students preparing to attend the college interview. (Speaking and listening template is included in Word format so you can adapt it for your students) The questions are tailored to encourage discussion with the students about reading exam questions carefully, looking for key words and how to tackle questions with more than one point available. This activity was made for students working towards the Edexcel Entry Level 1 English paper, but could be used as a starter exercise or confidence-booster for students working at the next level up or doing Functional Skills. This activity could also be used for teaching English as a foreign language.
Entry Level English - Reading Non-Fiction - Adverts
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Entry Level English - Reading Non-Fiction - Adverts

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These texts and associated worksheets are great for teaching non-fiction reading to KS4 and KS5 students working at Pre-GCSE level. They were made for students working towards the Edexcel Entry Level 1 English paper, but could be used as a starter exercise or confidence-booster for students working at the next level up. Two separate adverts are provided: one for a pet sitting service and one for a swim club. The swim club advert can easily be made contextual for your students by changing the town’s name to a local one. The questions are tailored to encourage discussion with the students about reading exam questions carefully, looking for key words and how to tackle “two point” questions. The vocabulary is straightforward but I put the texts on the board just to read through with the students before they tried the questions. They could also be used for teaching English as a foreign language.
Entry Level Fiction Reading Paper Practice
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Entry Level Fiction Reading Paper Practice

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This ‘Pearson/Edexel style’ Entry-Level worksheet is perfect for introducing fiction reading papers to KS4 and KS5 students working at Pre-GCSE level. Mirroring the style of Pearson/Edexcel exam papers, this resource is based on WW1 and War Horse. I used this resource to introduce the students to a Fiction Reading Paper after teaching a unit based on War Horse by Michael Morpurgo - it could equally be used to practice answering questions about an “unseen” text as in the real exam. No former knowledge of the topic or story is required to answer the questions. The questions are tailored to encourage discussion with the students about reading exam questions carefully, looking for key words and how to tackle questions with more than one point available. The language used to direct students is the same as in the official papers, although this resource is not endorsed by Pearson/Edexcel. This activity was made for students working towards the Edexcel Entry Level 1 English paper, but could be used as a starter exercise or confidence-booster for students working at the next level up or doing Functional Skills. This activity could also be used for teaching English as a foreign language.
Coin Recognition and Basic Coin Addition
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Coin Recognition and Basic Coin Addition

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These worksheets have clear images of coins which will be helpful for Early Years, KS1 and SEN students learning about money in Maths or Life Skills. The 4 documents are as follows: 1 Matching Coins - 2 worksheets – The first one involves linking coins up with the correct value and the second involves writing the correct value next to the coin. 2 Add the Coins - 4 worksheets for adding the coins 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p, plus blank worksheets and coin images so you can make additional sheets at an appropriate level for your students. 3 Which Coins Could You Use? – 4 worksheets where the students have to draw the coins they could use to make a given amount. Blank worksheet and coin images provided for additional sheets. 4 Number Lines - to 10 and 20 Tips: If possible, give the students real coins to place on the pictures. Some students also need counters so they can exchange a 5p for 5 counters etc.
Winter Bingo!  16 snowy scenes for topical fun
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Winter Bingo! 16 snowy scenes for topical fun

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A fun activity for Early Years or SEN students. Each bingo card has 16 bright winter photos for students to place a counter on when they are “called”. There are nine different versions of the bingo card but more could easily be made for students to play as a whole class. Useful powerpoints accompany the bingo cards which allow the “calling” do be done using the whiteboard when playing in larger groups. One version has symbols to support learning.
Position  basics - key words worksheets
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Position basics - key words worksheets

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2 different tasks to practice directional language including left, right, above, below, in front and behind. Each task has a “reader” and a “symbol supported” version to allow wider access to the task. Pictures are Symwriter symbols. In the first task students match up the word with the picture showing the position of the red ball. In the second task students record what they can see behind them, in front of them etc. I made this for my KS4 students with special needs but it is based on the Year 1/2 maths curriculum and would be great for any infant classroom. I used the symbol supported option first for all students to reinforce the vocabulary. Some students then went on to complete the one with just words. Please leave a review and any suggestions you have, thank you!
Entry Level English - Reading Non Fiction - Email and Text
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Entry Level English - Reading Non Fiction - Email and Text

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These linked email and SMS texts (and associated worksheets) are great for teaching non-fiction reading to KS4 and KS5 students working at Pre-GCSE level. The questions are tailored to encourage discussion with the students about reading exam questions carefully, looking for key words and how to tackle “two point” questions. It might be useful to have further examples of text messages ready to discuss - most of my students thought the phone was Tom’s - which demonstrates the value of this activity in terms of Life Skills as well as preparing for exams! This activity was made for students working towards the Edexcel Entry Level 1 English paper, but could be used as a starter exercise or confidence-booster for students working at the next level up or doing Functional Skills. This activity could also be used for teaching English as a foreign language.
Easter Bingo (Pictorial)
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Easter Bingo (Pictorial)

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A fun activity for Early Years or SEN students. Each bingo card has 16 bright Easter/Spring photos which students place a counter on when they are “called”. There are three different versions of the bingo card but more could easily be made for students to play in larger groups. This activity encourages turn-taking and picture recognition and could stimulate a discussion about Easter, making it useful for SULP. Pictures used are non-religious in their nature but they could be swapped if desired.