Here are some extra learning materials designed to support children with additional needs, although many children that are not receiving SEN support may also find them useful.
Please keep checking this page as we will continue to add more information, links and activities.
Clicker 8 is a fantastic software package that enables children to create sentences using word banks, among other features.
Crick software are offering free home access to Clicker 8 during the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit https://www.cricksoft.com/uk/clicker/clicker-at-home to find out more.
Twinkl are offering a month of free access to the website using the code UKTWINKLHELPS
They have specific sections for children with SEN (special educational needs) under the ‘SEND’ tab, including dyslexia friendly resources (under ‘specific learning difficulties’), speech and language activities, memory games, phonic activities and visual timetables. Home learning packs for each year group are available at https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/extra-subjects-parents/school-closures-category-free-resources-parents/school-closures-free-resources-parents/3
Apple for the teacher
This is a similar site to Twinkl. They also have home learning packs for each year group that are free to download. Additionally, they have a pre-key stage home learning pack which will be especially useful if your child is working below the year 1 curriculum. https://applefortheteacher.co.uk/download/pre-key-stage-home-learning-support-pack/
Fine Motor Skills
The Imagination Tree website has lots of fun activities to develop fine motor skills (including playdoh recipes).
Here are some pencil and scissor control activities to download.
The Oxford Owl website has video tips on how to help your child with handwriting and each a page for each year group with free worksheets to download. https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-handwriting/handwriting-year-1-age-5-6/
Here is a letter formation mat.
Phonics - 'Letters and Sounds' approach
At school we use the 'letters and sounds' approach. There are six phases. This website has a really useful guide to the order in which the sounds are taught.
If you search for the appropriate phase on the Twinkl website (e.g. "phase 3 phonics") and you will find lots of resources including flash cards, sound mats, games and worksheets. Here are some example sound mats.
These videos are handy for parents if you need to recap on how each sound is pronounced.
- The ability to recognise and work with sounds in spoken language.
Phase 1 of letters and sounds focuses on phonological awareness. This includes developing listening skills e.g. listening to sounds in the environment, instrumental sounds, rhythm and rhyme and alliteration. This also includes oral blending and segmenting, for example, asking your child to put on their 'c-oa-t', find their 's-o-ck-s', or "tell me the sounds in cat (c-a-t)".
Phonological awareness activities are especially important for children that have literacy difficulties or speech and language difficulties. This guide has some great ideas for developing phonological awareness.
Here are some rhyming and phonic activity downloads. When looking for further activities and games, you might want to search for CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant e.g. 'cat'), CCVC words (e.g. 'frog') or CVCC words (e.g. 'wind').
The website 'Phonics play' is currently offering free access to lots of games designed to help your child to learn to read and spell using phonics. Use the following login details:
Maths and literacy games
Literacy difficulties (e.g. dyslexia)
If you are doing writing activities with your child, try using a word and sound mat, such as this one (you can edit it to include words useful to the piece of writing that you are doing).
Keep practising using phonics to read and spell as well as practising whole word reading of high frequency and common exception words (there are lots of activities, sound mats, flash cards etc available on Twinkl).
Simple sentence builder activities might be useful.
You might find it helpful to use the mind-map tools available on Clicker 8 software to structure ideas before writing.
Your child could practise their comprehension by listening to audio books and talking to you about the story, characters, setting etc. Audible have released lots of free audio books (no bank card details or sign up required to access). Click here.