Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - Supporting their learning at home
Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities recieve additional help in school in order to:
- enable them to access the work that their class is doing
- support them to overcome specific barriers.
Some strategies for supporting your child with their learning at home could include:
- Try to find a quiet space for your child to learn, if possible, ideally at a table.
- Explain instructions to make sure your child understands what they have to do. You might need
to break instructions down into small steps.
- Don't try to do too many activities, choose a few and concentrate on doing those as well as
- Help your child to use a children's dictionary (this could be an online dictionary, e.g.
with their maths.
- Don't over-correct spellings. If there are a lot of errors, just pick a couple of high frequency words
- Get your child to read back to you what they have written - if it is difficult to read, write those
words underneath for them.
- Use objects to support arithmetic - these can be any objects you have in the house (cutlery, toys,
- Encourage your child to draw mathematical problems out, e.g.
6 x 4 can be drawn as an array: * * * * 2 + 9 can be drawn as an equation:
* * * * * * + * * * * * * * * *
* * * *
* * * * 12 ÷ 3 can be drawn by grouping:
* * * *
* * * *
- If your child becomes frustrated, persevere for a while, but choose another task if necessary or
take a break.
- If your child is struggling to access the activities meaningfully, it is a good idea to adapt the task -
e.g. choose maths activities from another year group, reduce the amout of writing or select just
one or two parts of the task.
- Try to choose a range of activities, as well as Maths and English, particularly in subjects which
interest your child.
- Give lots of encouragement and rewards (e.g. smiley face chart). Rewards are best when they are
for effort rather than completing tasks
- Read with your child daily!
Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)
Pupils with SALT needs receive additional support to help build and embed language skills. All children on SALT programmes were given activity packs before the February half term holiday to help them develop their language. We strongly suggest that you continue to use these resources with your child. There is a list of further activities which you may find helpful on the Language ARP page - click here.
Parents can also visit the Language Link website for additional support and resources:
To support your children's speech, language and communication needs, Infant Language Link will be launching a new parent's portal to help provide parents with FREE speech and language advice, resources and activities.
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Pupils with OT needs are supported with activities which develop and strengthen them physically so that they are able to take part in the full school curriculum; the documents below give some suggestions of activities at home which could support children to continue with some of these activities.
Should you need to contact Mrs Kendrew (SEN Co), please email , putting "FAO Mrs Kendrew" in the subject line.