At Lisburne School we deliver a range of English focused activities throughout the school day, using various communication aids, daily SALT input, fine motor activities and shared story sessions as well as our focused English teaching activities.
Our classes teach reading, writing and Speaking and Listening, progressing through the EYFS, Pre-national curriculum guidance and the National Curriculum, with input differentiated to the individual needs of the pupils. We include a number of sensory strategies and real-life situations to give context to our lessons. We encourage child lead learning in the classroom, while working outside and in the wider community. We employ Stockport’s DEAL initiative as a guide to the use of Drama on the classroom, encouraging immersive and creative learning opportunities.
All sessions are made up of a series of sensory elements which cover auditory, visual, movement and smell stimuli. We use repetition and simple language to support understanding. Whilst many of our students may not have the cognitive ability to understand complex stories, our sessions offer the grounds to develop an understanding and engagement with sequential elements.
We carefully monitor and track children’s progress to ensure appropriate levels of support and challenge.
Over the year we hold two English focused Creative Weeks, during which we encourage the children to look at specific books as an aid to scaffolding creative and immersive learning opportunities. We also use this time to further enhance Speaking and Listening through exciting vocabulary and unfamiliar contexts.
Useful Literacy Websites:
http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm - Very useful website about phonics which includes a parents section and lots of games too!
http://www.ictgames.co.uk/ - A whole range of lovely interactive games for Primary aged children.
http://www.starfall.com/ - For early years – American site so watch the accent but the children love it!
http://www.sebastianswan.org.uk/ - Sebastian swan big books to share with the class, including some questions about the text (also available in French and Welsh!!!)
http://www.magickeys.com/books/index.html - Scroll down the page for free online animated stories.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/index.shtml - BBC website based on ‘letter and sounds’. Includes some great online games and activities – particularly the blending games.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/literacy.shtml - The Primary Literacy zone from BBC schools.
http://www.seussville.com/ - Games based on the stories
http://www.usborne-quicklinks.com/uk/uk_menu_areas_pages/reading_programme/reading_programme.asp?type=subject&menu=s115 - Links for books on the Usbourne reading scheme but also helpful for topic work as it has good hyperlinks.