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Resources that are designed to meet the highly personalised needs of students who experience barriers to their learning.

Resources that are designed to meet the highly personalised needs of students who experience barriers to their learning.
Thematic Study of Journeys and the Film Lion 10 Week English SOW for Australian Life Skills
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Thematic Study of Journeys and the Film Lion 10 Week English SOW for Australian Life Skills

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This Australian thematic unit of work engages students in the study of three key areas of the concept of a journey; physical; inner and imaginative. It uses the film ‘Lion’ as a core text and other comparative material is studied including the Robert Frost’s poem ‘The Road Not Taken’; an overview of the autobiography ‘Tracks’ and the film ‘Big Fish’ by Tim Burton. Students will see the similarities and differences in these concepts and become familiar with the concept of the journey being the essential aspect, not necessarily the destination. The structure of this unit of work is based on the Stage 6 Area of Study studied in mainstream Standard English and modified to meet students’ needs.
Poetry Program of Study using Australian Life Skills Outcomes
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Poetry Program of Study using Australian Life Skills Outcomes

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This resource was developed to meet the needs of an IO class within a Secondary Support Unit (SEN). It has been constructed for a Year 9-11 class who experience an intellectual disability and adjustments can easily be made to meet the needs of your learners. Any reviews or feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Class or Small Group Behaviour Strategies and Triggers Worksheet
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Class or Small Group Behaviour Strategies and Triggers Worksheet

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This is a simple yet highly effective worksheet in which students who experience challenging behaviours, sit down together (with teacher and SLSO/ Aide support) to share their ‘triggers’. These are noted on the sheet and the group discussed possible strategies for each student. This task encourages empathy and teamwork as the students work to identify their own barriers to their learning and/or communication with others, whilst thinking about their peers and what supports they may need when they are struggling. These sheets (best done in A3) can be displayed in the classroom so as to reinforce the significance and effectiveness of this task.
Working Together 10 Week Social Skills Program Unit of Work Using English and PDHPE Outcomes
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Working Together 10 Week Social Skills Program Unit of Work Using English and PDHPE Outcomes

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This unit is focused on identifying the key social skills and empathy required to be successful in working with others in a safe and respectful way. By learning to work together, regardless of individual differences, students build empathy and show kindness towards others. These are essential life skills for all people. This unit of work allows students who struggle with some or all these areas, to make substantial progress in these vital skills as they regularly practice them in a safe and supportive team building environment. Positive and respectful relationships occur when all parties feel respected, secure and supported in their interactions with one another. Positive relationships might look different between peers, between educators and children, between educators and families, and within families themselves. However, some common aspects include relationships where all parties: • listen to others’ needs and are respectful of their beliefs and values, even if they don’t share them • can be honest with each other • feel supported, encouraged and valued as they are • feel safe from any form of abuse or put-downs • plan and make decisions collaboratively • show empathy and feel understood, trusted and that they’re being treated fairly.
Personal Narratives - a collection of recounts and descriptive writing with 3 Folio Tasks and Rubric
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Personal Narratives - a collection of recounts and descriptive writing with 3 Folio Tasks and Rubric

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These resources were designed for a high ability Year 7 class and led to creation of a Personal Narrative Folio consisting of 3 pieces of descriptive writing. Task 1: A description of a student’s first day of school Task 2: A description of a person a student admires Task 3: A recount of a student’s experience at school camp with an emphasis on using sensory imagery A marking rubric is included.
'Kensuke's Kingdom' 10-Week Program of Study (SOW) for a  Stage 4 (KS3) Support Class (SEN)
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'Kensuke's Kingdom' 10-Week Program of Study (SOW) for a Stage 4 (KS3) Support Class (SEN)

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The unit engages students in a close study of Michael Morpurgo’s novel ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’. Students will explore the themes, characters and techniques developed by the author and illustrate their understanding of these via a combination of creative and analytical tasks. Students will: • understand the features of a characterisation, narrative and themes and identify these throughout a close reading of the novel • develop their ability to infer meaning from the novel and consider their own interpretation of the concepts covered. • be introduced to analytical writing via the PEE formula and use quotations to support their points of view in their writing • recognise some basic narrative techniques and explain their use and effect on the viewer • adopt these narrative techniques in their own creative writing • use multimedia to compose an engaging Book Trailer. Any reviews or feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
What is Wellness? A Semester long program on looking after yourself and others.
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What is Wellness? A Semester long program on looking after yourself and others.

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This program was designed for a Secondary Support Unit class and uses outcomes from the Australian Curriculum in English and PDHPE. It was created for my weekly Social Skills lessons and investigate what students know about healthy and unhealthy relationships. This is done by examining various forms of behaviours and communication; both inside and outside the school. Students will also explore their highly personalised triggers and how their response to conflict affects how they and others feel. They will learn techniques in identifying if they are feeling overwhelmed or develop strategies such as distancing themselves from stressors or asking for help from an appropriate adult. Resources, data and content have been taken from current evidence-based research in relation to adolescent mental health (e.g. R U OK?) and campaigns that have been released from Australian and U.K. Education Departments in addressing young peoples’ wellbeing. The sources and material used range from KS1-KS4 so that they are age-appropriate for both Primary and Secondary students in a Support Setting.
Romeo and Juliet Close Study 10 Weeks SOW for a Senior SEN class
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Romeo and Juliet Close Study 10 Weeks SOW for a Senior SEN class

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This is a comprehensive study of William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ broken down into 30 lessons in which key scenes from each of the five acts, are analysed by students using the original text. Students will annotate their understanding of the bard’s words and in some lessons, modernise these to enhance understanding. Students will explore not only language devices such as juxta positioning and dramatic irony, they will also work with the concepts of the themes love, hate and fate. Students will learn to express their interpretation of the play via a PEEL (Point, Evidence, Explanation and Link) formula and this will be used as part of their Summative Assessment. Various scaffolds and prompts are available consistently throughout this close study of the tragic text.
10 Week Comprehensive Scheme of Work on 'Mr Stink' using Australian Life Skills Outcomes
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10 Week Comprehensive Scheme of Work on 'Mr Stink' using Australian Life Skills Outcomes

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This unit teaches students the importance of empathy and compassion whilst engaging students with David Walliam’s humour. Students have previously studied the work the work of Roald Dahl, so they are familiar with this genre and language. This unit is designed to have students’ write in various forms throughout the term and variate their language and structure according the Purpose, Audience and Form. These writing tasks will be marked by the teacher as part of their Summative Assessment with the final task of creating a digital review of the novel in weeks 9 and 10. Students will be continuing the Reinforced Reading component of the MultiLit program with the class SLSO 1:1 as they are selected on a rotational basis to re-read the chapter that has been modelled to the class followed by the completion of a vocabulary and comprehension worksheet for the corresponding chapter. Student accuracy and fluency will continue to be assessed on a fortnightly basis using the MultiLit WARP assessment tool.
10 Week Advertising Unit of Work Australian Life Skills
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10 Week Advertising Unit of Work Australian Life Skills

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This unit is designed to have students think critically about the advertisements they are exposed to in daily life. Students will learn a combination of persuasive devices used to persuade a target audience alongside the skills of visual literacy. Student will work with print, online, radio and television advertising material and learn to annotate these in detail. Students will be assessed on their ability to both analyse and create advertisements in these various forms with the unit concluding with students developing, planning and presenting a detailed advertising campaign on a new brand of bottled water.
Adolescence and the Brain 10 Week Social Skills Program
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Adolescence and the Brain 10 Week Social Skills Program

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This unit has been designed to introduce students to the function of the brain and its development from early childhood to adulthood. Particular attention is paid to adolescence as it is a time of significant brain development and obviously most relevant to our students. By adolescence, the part of the brain associated with emotions, impulses, aggression and instinctive behaviour – the amygdala (groups of neurons in the brain) – is well developed. However, the part of the brain that controls higher-order or executive functioning – the prefrontal cortex – matures last and isn’t fully developed until we reach our 20s. The prefrontal cortex takes care of decision making and manages our ability to plan and think about the consequences of our actions, solve problems and control impulses. This explains why young people can’t always make complex rational decisions or understand the consequences of actions in the way adults can. This study is intended to teach students these features and stages so that they can acknowledge in their future reactions and emotions that they are still learning and growing. Students are encouraged to form a growth mindset and seek out a learning opportunity in any mistakes or setbacks.
Simple Assessment Task Sheet for a Magazine Article
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Simple Assessment Task Sheet for a Magazine Article

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This resource was designed to reinforce student understanding of Purpose, Audience and Form when composing texts. The assessment clearly states three criteria which students have to reflect upon after receiving their teacher’s comment and target. Students then evaluate on how they believe they went in this task and provide a response to the teacher’s feedback. I have found this form of assessment invaluable in setting clear and achievable goals that are personalised to my students needs, both in a mainstream and Special Education/ Support setting. I hope you find the same.
Working Together Thematic Cross-Curricular Planning Mind-Map
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Working Together Thematic Cross-Curricular Planning Mind-Map

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This mind-map demonstrates how a Thematic Unit of Study can be designed using key questions as Learning Intentions for your students. Cross-Curricular Thematic Units of Study work incredibly well when working with students who experience challenging behaviours and barriers to their learning.
'Red Dog' Scaffollded Film Introduction and Film Techniques Grid
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'Red Dog' Scaffollded Film Introduction and Film Techniques Grid

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This activity is highly scaffolded in introducing students to their first impressions of the Australian film ‘Red Dog’. Students will need to have some understanding of basic film techniques prior to completing the grid as they watch the film or the grid component could be used in a second viewing. This activity could be used with either ‘Red Dog’ films.
Healthy Relationships Social Skills Program for a Support Class
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Healthy Relationships Social Skills Program for a Support Class

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This Social Skills program utilises outcomes from the Australian Curriculum in English and PDHPE. The program was designed after issues outside the classroom became known via my school’s Welfare team. This program was designed to explicitly teach what IS a healthy relationship and what choices or strategies are available when this is not the case.
Hauki, Renga and Tanka Poetry Lesson Differentiated
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Hauki, Renga and Tanka Poetry Lesson Differentiated

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These differentiated resources introduce students to Haiku, Tanka and Renga Japanese poetry by examining the form, use of syllables and environmental themes. The PowerPoints and accompanying worksheets are highly scaffolded and would work well in both a mainstream and Support classroom setting.
Anti-Hero 10 Week Life Skills Program
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Anti-Hero 10 Week Life Skills Program

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The unit engages students in the study of two films, ‘Despicable Me’ and ‘Megamind’ as the Anti-Hero and what that entails. Students will learn the Visual and Film techniques both use in depicting their central characters and will then start using their knowledge in annotating key scenes from this. Students will again be reintroduced to the PEEL formula whereby, they will compare and analyse both films for their similarities and differences. Students will be looking at; the process of character development; narrative structure and indicators (especially quotes); film techniques and their impact on the audience. Students analytical skills will all come into play by the end of the unit, where they compose a complete 5 paragraph modelled analysis of the films and the themes and techniques used to show their character development.
'Journeys' Thematic Cross-Curricular Program of Study for Students in a Support or SSP Setting
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'Journeys' Thematic Cross-Curricular Program of Study for Students in a Support or SSP Setting

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This program was designed to cater to the needs of an Australian SSP (School for Specific Purposes) class for students who exhibit challenging behaviours. The program was written for an Australian Stage 4 class (Years 7 and 8) but could easily be adapted for younger or older students. The outcomes are from the Australian Curriculum (mainstream) with adjustments made throughout to cater for students’ highly personalised learning and behaviour needs.
Fit and Healthy Cross -Curricular Program of Study for a Behaviour or Support (SEN) Setting
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Fit and Healthy Cross -Curricular Program of Study for a Behaviour or Support (SEN) Setting

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This program was designed to cater to the needs of an Australian SSP (School for Specific Purposes) class for students who exhibit challenging behaviours. The program was written for an Australian Stage 4 class (Years 7 and 8) but could easily be adapted for younger or older students. The outcomes are from the Australian Curriculum (mainstream) with adjustments made throughout to cater for students’ highly personalised learning and behaviour needs.
Literacy Lynx 2: Reinforced Reading and Informative Texts
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Literacy Lynx 2: Reinforced Reading and Informative Texts

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This unit of work is 10-weeks of planning and addresses the broad textual focus of informative writing. Teachers are encouraged to select a specific informative text type to focus on throughout the unit e.g. information report, factual description, explanation. In addition to this, learning is consistently personalised to each students’ interests and ability level as there are various content topics for students to write about e.g. objects, animals, phenomena and numerous scaffolds and differentiated resources throughout. The topic of Informative Texts is again reinforced throughout pair and small group reinforcement tasks that take place with the class SLSO. Students complete these tasks with 1:3 (maximum) support on a rotational basis throughout each 2-week learning cycle. Alongside this, the class teacher will be conducting the 1:1 Reinforced Reading component of the MultiLit Program. Levelled Informative Texts are read by the students at least once per 2-week learning cycle. The Pause, Prompt, Praise delivery of the program will allow the teacher to gauge reading fluency, accuracy and comprehension (verbally discussed after each 15 min reading session). The teacher will select 5 words of difficulty from the session and these are recorded by student in the back of their English book. Throughout the plenary of each lesson, the student will use each word in a written sentence in their books. Assessment of student goals, strengths and areas for improvement are consistently assessed via teacher questioning and discussion. The core key questions of the unit will be informally discussed and assessed using a student friendly Assessment Rubric throughout Weeks 9 and 10. Students will: • Complete a series of Literacy assessments which will benchmark their ability and areas for progress • Complete MultiLit’s 1:1 Reinforced Reading Program twice per week and have their progress assessed and charted fortnightly • Work in pair and individual settings as they complete levelled work on Informative Texts.