Tag Archives: literacy

Boxing Up

This is a technique I learned on a training course for 1:1 tutors, and it is designed to support pupils who find it difficult to come up with ideas and to structure their writing. An example in its most basic … Continue reading

Posted in English, SEN | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why MFL is good for children with SEN

A few days ago I read something that made me really angry. It was an article written by a parent about how the education system is letting her children down. At first I was sympathetic, and found myself nodding along … Continue reading

Posted in BSL / Deaf Awareness, Dyslexia / Dyscalculia, Languages | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Disco in my Classroom

What do Black Lace and sentences have in common? Verbs, that’s what. Teaching children how to use capital letters and full stops is not as easy as it sounds. Most of them already know that they go at the start … Continue reading

Posted in Dyslexia / Dyscalculia, English, Languages | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

VCOP display

Every classroom in my school has to have a VCOP display. In fact as a supply teacher I’ve been in a lot of classrooms, and every single one of them has had a VCOP display, so I’m assuming it’s something … Continue reading

Posted in BSL / Deaf Awareness, English, Languages | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Teaching the split e phoneme

This is a method I picked up from Sue Kerrigan at Let Me Learn. It’s simple but very effective and I have used it successfully with a group of children who were finding words like “cake” and “make” really tricky … Continue reading

Posted in Dyslexia / Dyscalculia, English | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Beast Quest Comprehension

I’m not a literary snob, really I’m not – I’ll take a ‘thumping good read’ over a ‘short-listed for the Booker prize’ any day. Even so, when I began working with a child who hated reading but who said he … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, English | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Grapefruit Grammar

A couple of weeks ago I was teaching a lesson on adjectives, in preparation for the children writing a poem later in the week. The plan I’d been given said “have a selection of different coloured items at the front … Continue reading

Posted in Dyslexia / Dyscalculia, English | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment