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When you get your new class it is important to note any children who are included on the SEN register.  Talk to the SENCO about the needs of these children.

Read any notes given to you from the previous teacher and ask him/her how he/she worked with the child(ren) concerned.

If you have children who are on the SEN register you should be able to read any psychologist's reports, previous Education Plans   and for a child at Stage 5, his statement of special educational need.

If in doubt, ask your colleagues for help. 

Ask for further training if you feel you need it.  Education Boards have emergency support initiative funding for such as purpose. 

The peripatetic service are available too; use them.


    Physical Education Spelling tips Homework
Language Numeracy History Music Social Skills


Worksheets for Early Reading Initial sound worksheets etc

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Free Early Reading Books Sample copies of reading books to download
Follow on Activities for Beginning Reading Activities to extend phonemic awareness.

Dolch Word List

Mrs Perkins Dolch Sight Words

List of 220 High Frequency sight words . Download here.

Literacy Pack for Y2/3, Y5/6 

Literacy Activities come from

A Visiting Puppet Language work at Key Stage 1

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CVC Poems (zip) Language work based round poems
Dicey Spellings (pdf) (provided by senco forum member) A game which helps develop short term memory for spellings
Improving Sentence Construction  
Hints for non-readers  
Non-fiction writing (pdf) Planning frameworks for helping pupils to organise writing


Further Information

Phonics and Phonemic Awareness

Literacy Ideas for Underachieving Pupils

Resources for reading, phonics etc.

Mirror Writing

Magical Spelling(a method relating positive thinking to learning.)


How important is spelling? We often test children for spelling and get very concerned if they are having spelling difficulties but many people argue that spelling is 'man-made' anyway and that spelling and handwriting are no longer important because of word processors which allow touch typing and use spell checkers?

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Victorian Transport (pdf) Using pictures to learn about change in transport

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Famine Drama (pdf) A worksheet for a simple role play



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Money Problems (pdf)(contributed by SENCO forum) Problems and Suggested Solutions when teaching & learning about Money
Patterns in Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7) (pdf) Differentiated maths lesson for early Key Stage 1
Measures in Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7) (pdf) Differentiated maths lesson for early key stage 1
Numeracy resources for use with Clicker Clicker grids which will allow pupils to participate in number pattern activities
Ideas for Improving Numeracy (early years)
Numeracy Resources Variety of resources including time, word problems and revision
Variety of Maths Worksheets These include some of the above and can be viewed as thumbnails.
Maths Worksheets Free samples and resources to buy to suit all abilities.
Interactive Counting Activities A great website with maths activities for special pupils set in N.Ireland backgrounds.

Teaching the Daily Mathematics Lesson - supporting pupils with (DFES booklets)

  ASD SpLD Severe and Profound Learning Difficulties(part1) part2 Visual Impairments Hearing Impairments Speech and Language Difficulties
Digit Cards concrete apparatus to help with numeracy (
Place Value Cards concrete apparatus to help with identification of hundreds, tens and units. (
Simple Maths Activities - Counting, Comparing, Addition etc. Toftwood Infant School
  Odd and Even Numbers - this is a terrific interactive program which helps teach this concept

Further Information

Ideas to help KS2 pupils having difficulties in Numeracy (Sally Raymond)

The Wave 3 Pilot: Learning and teaching materials for children with significant difficulties in mathematics

Downloadable programs for multiplication


Using Music to Teach Sounds make learning easier

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Minikeys free downloadable piano keyboard for your computer


Social Skills

Social and Emotional Skills Programme (from For KS2 pupils with difficulties in these areas.
Improving Behaviour Early Years worksheet

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Physical Education

There is some suggestion that physical activity is very important in helping children acquire other skills which require bilateral integration (i.e. the working together of both sides of the brain). It is thought that spending hours inactive, e.g. watching TV, playing on computers etc. may miss out on stages of development which they would have experienced from activities such as climbing, running around etc.

Ideas for PE for wheelchair users:

with a partner/classroom assistant - partner bounces ball to child who catches it and bounces it back, extend by moving at same time - carer concentrating on moving wheelchair so that child can concentrate on ball.

child rolls hoops alongside chair in a relay where others hop or bounce.

Play uni-hockey where carer moves the wheelchair and child manoeuvres ball.





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