SEND

The effective partnerships between teachers and teaching assistants help ensure that the varied needs of all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), are well met. OFSTED 2019

Welcome to the SEND information page. On this page you will find relevant school SEND policies and documents.

If you have any concerns or wish to discuss SEND at our school, please do not hesitate to contact Justine Smith, our Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENDCo).

Contact: 01732 882596

 

Link to Kent County Council Local Offer Page

https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs

 

Click here to view the Special Educational Needs and Disability Guide for Parents and Carers

 

SEN interventions – home learning alternatives during school closure period.

Intervention

Focus

Home learning activities

Communication and Interaction Needs

Speech & language programme

Development of expressive and receptive language skills (see your child’s programme for specific targets)

- See your child’s programme for specific activity ideas.

- Tele-therapy available via ‘Zoom’

- Use the Auditory Memory Games ideas to practise listening and auditory memory.

- Use the Conversation Practise Game / Conversation Cards to practise good conversation skills

- Use Question cards for conversation practise to practise verbal reasoning skills (you can adapt/make your own)

- Use What am I guessing game cards to develop questioning and thinking skills (you can adapt/make your own)

-Further speech and language activities are available using the Language Link parent portal: https://speechandlanguage.info/parents

Vocabulary support (aka. Pre-teach vocab)

 

Learning new vocabulary

- Use the Star words template to learning a new word – try one or 2 a week and revisit them often

- Use the Working on Vocabulary Pack for information of Word Finding and support ideas

- Use the Vocab Activity Pack to develop techniques to learn vocabulary

- You can access free vocabulary activities and games at Twinkl:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/specialeducationalneeds-sen-speech-language-therapy/specialeducationalneeds-sen-speech-language-therapy-language/specialeducationalneeds-speech-language-therapy-word-order-vocabulary

Lego therapy

Listening skills

Communication skills

- Use the Lego Therapy Group Information Sheet / Lego Therapy Sentence Strips / Lego Therapy Useful Instruction Words to find out how you continue to provide support through the use of Lego/construction kits

Social skills

Friendship skills

Understand ‘social rules’ for behaviour

- ‘Social Detectives’ – Go through the Social Detective Language and Definitions. You could create mind maps with examples that are re-visited and added to over time

- Use the ‘Good Friend Sorting Cards’ to support discussion about friendship skills

- Search ‘social skills’ on Pinterest for more ideas to develop social skills at home

Cognition and Learning Needs

Handwriting practise

Correct formation of letters

Developing speed and fluency

- Use Handwriting warm-up exercise to support fine motor activities to improve handwriting

- Use the Handwriting User Guide for information on how to teach handwriting

- Use the Letter formation handwriting sheet to support your child to correctly form their letters, then build up to writing neat words (this can be linked to spelling practise also)

1:1 reading

Developing fluency when reading

Understand and talk about what has been read

- Try to read daily with your child

- Use the Reading skills questions to develop understanding of the text you are reading

- Remember it is important for them to listen to texts too – have story time as a family/listen to audiobooks

Personalised maths

 

Development of key numeracy skills

- Use the Playing number games with your child for ideas of simple number games to can be used to support

- See Helping your child with number for ideas

- Use the Addition facts Loop cards to play the loop card game. You (or your child) can write new ones to match their level.

- Play the Doubles board game to practise doubling skills (this could be adapted to more challenging numbers if required)

- Use the Number Bonds to 10 Beanstalk Activity to practise quick recall of number bonds (this could be adapted to more challenging numbers if required e.g. bonds to 20, 50, 100)

- Use the Place Value Board Game to develop place value skills

- Online maths activities at: https://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/number/

Personalised English

 

Development of key literacy skills

- Use the Story Wheel activity to develop understanding of events after reading a short story together

- Use the Story settings description activity to develop setting descriptions (children could draw their own ideas)

- Use Simple Sentence Scramble Activity for your child to re-order sentences (this could be adapted)

- Online Literacy activities at: https://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/literacy/

- Search ‘writing activities’ at https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ for more writing activities

Phonics

Recognise sounds (in each target phase)

Read words containing target sounds

Spell words containing target sounds

- Play free phonics games at https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/index.htm#

- Parents can use our Phonics glossary to help understand some of the key terms

- Use the phonics and spelling mat to practise phonics sounds

- Search ‘phonics’ at https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ for more phonics activities

Nessy

Online phonics programme (see above for phonics focus)

- You can continue to access the Nessy website for your child at https://www.nessy.com/uk/ If you child is registered at school you will have been sent an email with the log in details. If you are not registered with school, you can sign up for free.

Spelling support (aka. Precision Teaching)

 

Spell High Frequency Words

- Use the Learning how to spell activity cards for different multi-sensory ideas to learn words

- Use the 100 High Frequency Words/Snake and Ladders HFW board game to learn the most common words

- Use the 100 HFW handwriting sheets to practise spelling and handwriting skills

Memory skills

Develop visual/auditory memory

 

- Use the Auditory Memory Games ideas to practise listening and auditory memory

- Use the Visual Memory Games ideas to practise visual memory

- Play online memory games at https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/memory-games.html

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs

Forest School

Team work and communication

Exploring outside world

Development of self-esteem

- Gardening at home; learning about the plants and how to care for them

- Complete a Senses scavenger hunt in your garden

- Use the Outdoor Maths challenge cards to develop maths skills in the natural world

- Create mud paint using the mud paint recipe / create natural paint brushes using DIY natural paintbrushes activity 

- Create a natural jewellery using the Leaf Necklace Activity for ideas

- Build a bug hotel. For ideas visit: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/garden-activities/build-a-bug-hotel/ or

https://gardentherapy.ca/build-a-bug-hotel/

- Visit the woodland trust for more outdoor activities: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/04/rainy-day-activities-kids/

Self-esteem programmes

Describe things I’m good at

Develop positive qualities in myself

- Use the I am an amazing person activity to support your child to focus on their positive attributes

- Use the Self-Praise Jar activity to create your own self-praise jar for your child to celebrate their qualities and talents

- For more ideas to develop self-esteem visit https://www.kidsplayandcreate.com/self-esteem-character-building-activities-for-kids/

- Remember to visit https://youngminds.org.uk/ for further support

Emotional regulation support

Understand and recognise emotional states

Develop strategies to calm and regulate

- Use Emotions Face Discussion Cards to discuss different emotions and how to recognise them/when they might be experienced

- Use the Ways to calm down cards to create your own calm down kit. Use the blank ones to come with some of your own suggestions.

- Use the Mindfulness Challenge cards to help find ways to be mindful/calm –

- Use the Managing Anxiety ideas and My main worries to support your child manage their fears/anxiety at this time.

- Use the Worry Box Instructions to set up a worry box at home to encourage your child to share their concerns and support them to develop healthy coping strategies

- Use the How anxiety affects my body/ Stages of anger  to support children to learn about how to recognise their feelings

Nurture club

Turn taking skills

Communication

Resilience (e.g. losing games)

- Play a range of board games as a family

- There are some printable templates if needed: Ludo board/Instructions, Four in a row rules, Snakes and Ladders, Guess Who

Sensory and Physical Needs

Typing practise

Locate letters on a standard keyboard at speed

- Typing practise at https://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/activities/text-type/text-type.html

- Further online typing practise at: https://www.typingclub.com/ or BBC dance mat typing https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr

Clever Fingers

Strengthen finger muscles to improve pencil grip & handwriting

Development of fine motor skills

- Use the Clever fingers home intervention ideas to find different activities from the programme you can do at home

- Make your own fiddle toy (use fiddle toy ideas) or search DIY fiddle toy on Pinterest for more ideas.

- Complete dot to dots

- See handwriting activities in the cognition and learning section (see above)

Sensory breaks

 

Sensory regulation

- Use Movement Break Visual cards for movement break ideas

- Read out Sensory Circuit Parent Booklet for more information and ideas of activities to set up at home

- Use Gross Motor Activity cards to develop body control

- Make your own sensory bottle using Calming Glitter Sensory Bottle or search sensory bottle ideas on Pinterest

 

 

 

Does your child have Dyslexia?

Below are useful contact details for further information.

 

KENT

Kent West Dyslexia Association

General Enquiries: 0345 601 2553.
Available: Answerphone

Email: kentwestdyslexiaassociation@gmail.com

Web: www.kentwestdyslexia.org.uk


Area: TN9 - TN11, TN1 - TN4, TN8

Dyslexia House Association

Helpline: 07578 341 896

Available Monday to Friday 10am - 3pm

E-mail: dyslexia.house@gmail.com
Web: www.medwaydys.org


Area: Medway & Mid-Kent. Medway authority & Kent County Council.