Students with Additional Needs KS2

Welcome!

There are lots of resources in this section which may be of use to pupils who may benefit from practising their basic skills in reading, spellings, writing and maths. 

There are also links to resources to support pupils who have difficulties with their motor skills.  Fine and gross motor skills – catching a ball, balance, co-ordination etc. can all be practised at home and can be incorporated into fun games and exercise.  For those pupils who need to practise their handwriting, there are lots of activity sheets to help develop control and precision.

Also included are some memory games which are really useful for children who have difficulty remembering sequences of instructions or committing what they are learning to their long term memory. 

The Growth Mindset activities are designed to promote a positive attitude and turn those negative thoughts: “I can’t do this,” into positives: “I can’t do this yet.”  There are also resources in the SEMH section which are designed to help pupils manage their emotions and may help maintain a sense of calm during this unsettled time.

The section titled ‘Communication and Interaction’ includes lots of resources to support pupils who may have difficulty in communicating with others.  This may be because they have difficulty saying what they want to or understanding what is being said to them.  Children and young people with ASD, including Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism, are likely to have particular difficulties with social interaction.  They may also experience difficulties with language, communication and imagination, which can impact on how they relate to others.  These resources could also help pupils who have struggle making and maintaining friendships or have difficulty understanding social conventions such as turn-taking during conversations.

How you can help support your child’s learning

  • break the activity or task down into small steps
  • give clear, simple instructions and ask your child to repeat them back to you to check whether they understand what they are required to do.  If necessary, simplify the instructions, summaries or diagrams which accompany the tasks.
  • record the steps your child needs to follow on a piece of paper or whiteboard (or use the task planning sheet provided) so that your child can clearly see what they need to do next. This also helps promotes independence.
  • remind your child to refer to the index, chapter headings, words in bold, pictures and diagrams etc to help them quickly identify the information that is required from a text.
  • encourage your child to highlight or underline important information and instructions
  • Possibly most importantly, recognise the effort your child is putting in - use lots of praise and reward their successes!

When learning new vocabulary or practising spellings, the following may be useful:

  • try to use different memories (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic - see it, hear it, write it or draw it) to give your child the maximum opportunity to learn new vocabulary
  • use a multi-sensory method to learn spellings: read the word; say the letters aloud; cover the word; write the word saying the letters aloud; check the word
  • revisit spellings and use the new vocabulary regularly – this helps children add the words to their long term memory

 

When reading:

 

  • Read together; model reading aloud with expression and intonation.
  • Read a range of texts – both fiction and non-fiction.  Draw your child’s attention to important sources of information on the page, e.g. maps, diagrams and photos.

There is no minimum or maximum amount of work that should be completed each day – little and often will mean your child remains motivated and does not feel overwhelmed.  Spending time outside, exercising, baking and drawing are all equally important - the ’60 Activities to Try at Home’ has lots of ideas that can be included into your daily routine and there are new ideas and links being added to our school facebook page almost daily.

Take care and stay safe!

Miss Gibbs

Key Stage 2 SENDCo

KS2 Resources
Cognition Learning
Communication Interaction for ASD
KS2 English
KS2 Maths
KS2 Motor Skills Handwriting
Social Emotional & Mental Health Resources
Growth Mindset