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Crooked Steeple Resources (SEND, MFL, Literacy, Other)

I am a SEND (special educational needs) specialist and produce resources for a range of subjects, age groups and needs, as well as resources and information for SEND professionals. I also specialised in teaching modern foreign languages, so have a range of resources aimed at MFL teachers, many of which are fully inclusive for students with SEND. More recently I have worked as a SEN teacher, autism outreach teacher, education writer and advisory teacher for a local authority.

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I am a SEND (special educational needs) specialist and produce resources for a range of subjects, age groups and needs, as well as resources and information for SEND professionals. I also specialised in teaching modern foreign languages, so have a range of resources aimed at MFL teachers, many of which are fully inclusive for students with SEND. More recently I have worked as a SEN teacher, autism outreach teacher, education writer and advisory teacher for a local authority.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Staff CPD:  An introduction to speech, language and communication needs
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Staff CPD: An introduction to speech, language and communication needs

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This is a presentation for use in staff CPD sessions. There is a detailed introduction to what we mean by speech, language and communication needs, why this topic is important and how it affects students. Different area of SLCN are then highlighted including how to identify students in these areas and easy-to-implement classroom strategies to support these students as part of quality first teaching. Suitable for teachers and teaching assistants at KS1, 2, 3 and 4. Great as a whole-school initial training session or refresher session. The author is a senior advisory teacher, trainer and writer in the field of speech, language and communication needs.
French Cartoon Character Speed Dating Speaking and Listening Activity (personal information)
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French Cartoon Character Speed Dating Speaking and Listening Activity (personal information)

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French speaking and listening activity, 'speed dating' style. These cards can be cut up and laminated, one is given to each student. Students then have two or three minutes with a partner to ask each other questions in French (What is your name? How old are you? When is your birthday? Where do you live?) and they answer, giving the information on their card. Students then check that they heard / noted the correct details before moving on to another partner. Students really enjoy this and it provides lots of opportunity to practise their speaking and listening. The cards can then be distruibuted around the class and used as a prompt for a writing activity for students to write a character profile. As an extension activity students could also describe what the character looks like or give additional details.
French: At home / Dans ma chambre
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French: At home / Dans ma chambre

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Powerpoint about various topics to do with home / names of rooms / furniture. Begins by describing what is in your bedroom including games, activities and using prepositions to describe where things are. Revise furniture vocabulary and prepositions. Writing and speaking activities. Match up games. Then moves on to describing ideal bedroom. Rvises names of rooms and discusses activities at home. Practise saying what you do at home in each room. 'What's missing?' game with these sentences.
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.
SEN English Filling In A Form
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SEN English Filling In A Form

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Smartboard activity used with SEN clss on filling in a form - introduced words, adding our own visuals, then used it to play games such as hit the board and noughts and crosses to aid quickly recognising sight vocabulary.
Pets in French
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Pets in French

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Powerpoint introducing pets in French and including games. Enough for three or four lessons. Introduction of vocabulary, speaking activities, writing tasks, match ups, games, tests. Moves on to adding adjectives, giving opinions and writing longer paragraphs.
Directions in German - game
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Directions in German - game

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Give each partner a different sheet. They have to ask questions and listen to the directions their partner gives to see if they can mark the places in the correct position on their map.