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Queensmead Primary Academy

What help will my child get in school?

There are a number of ways that we can help children with speech and language difficulties at Queensmead.

Classroom Strategies

There are a number of children at Queensmead who struggle with some aspect of language, so our teachers and teaching assistants have some training and experience in how to use strategies in the classroom that help those children.

These strategies include:

  • Using visual timetables and activity picture cards in the lower age groups, to give children visual reminders about what is happening during the day or to help them to make choices.
  • Using clear, simple, language and not confusing children by speaking in sentences that use too many or too complex words.
  • Working on vocabulary with the children.  Explaining new words and helping the children to find ways to remember them and use them correctly.  All classes have 'vocabulary bags' where new words are stored and can be used by the children to improve their writing or speaking.
  • Chunking instructions or learning, so that children are not having to remember too many verbal instructions at once.
  • Using memory aids and strategies, such as Talking Tins, where children can record a sentence they want to write, then play it back as they write so that they don't forget it.

Let's Talk Groups

Queensmead may offer a group intervention called Let's Talk for children with language difficulties.

This is particularly aimed at children who have problems with understanding what other people say (eg. following instructions) or with expressing themselves in language (eg. finding the right words or getting words in the right order).

In weekly Let's Talk sessions, the children will do fun games and activities to help them to practise understanding and using language better.

These activities are supported by picture cards as children with language difficulties often need visual support to help them to understand what is happening.

Funtime Groups

In Foundation Stage (F1 and F2) our SEN Teaching Assistant, Ms Smith, has trained to run Funtime groups.

Funtime is a small group programme for groups of 3-4 children that focuses particularly on developing their language and social skills.  They usually attend the group twice weekly.  During sessions the children sing a welcome song, play some games and sing a goodbye song.  A visual timetable is used to show the children what they are going to do and help them to understand the sequence of activities.

Our Foundation children love their Funtime sessions!