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Learning at Home - Support for Children with  Additional Needs (SEN)

All children find some pieces of learning difficult at some times. Some children find learning difficult more frequently, these difficulties can be for a range of reasons, in school we often talk about these children having additional, or special educational needs ( SEN) .


Where to start?

 Please contact us at school and we will point you in the right direction.

 Some children can find it harder to access learning at home. This can be because the support levels available at home are not the same as the children have access to in school  or because the lack of familiarity and routine can prevent these children accessing what they already know.

 The section below details how we work with your children;  it may help you.

We have provided some strating point videos containing staff your children know that may help them access what they already know and what they need to learn next. You may need to watch these videos regularly!

Be encouraging.
Praise your child when they are trying their best, and focus your praise 'It was really good when you..'
If its not going well..stop and maybe try a different way or at a different time. 



In school we support individuals in the following ways, you can try some or all of these at home


  • Shortening instructions

  • Going through the task with the child first so that they know how to do it

  • Providing examples for the child to follow

  • Breaking the task into shorter tasks for example drawing boxes for children to write one sound at time, counting on our fingers the number of sounds in a word, counting on our fingers the number of words in a sentence .

  • Providing practical materials to help the child objects to count, phonics mats, or just the sounds written down) , tricky word mats for the children to find the tricky word


In school we always start from what the child already knows

Ask your child some questions and make the challenge of showing you fun –

  • How far can you keep counting? Children love counting ‘all the way to the end’

  • Take an object you have got lots of (raisins, pennies, lego bricks) and ask the children to count them … they may need to touch the objects to help them count carefully.

  • Your daily reading with your child gives you a very good idea of the sounds and words they can already read.

  • Use the phonics mats (available in the downloads of our Home Learning Support Page) - start on mat 1 and with the lower case letters – and ask the children to say the sound and then find something in the room that starts with the sound.

  • Ask them to write their name, or maybe a simple sentence about a book or TV programme or something you have done together- look at mistakes they make. Things to look out for are

letter shapes,

how they hold their pencil,

finger spaces,

capital letters,

‘sound talking’ words,

writing tricky words like the, to, was, me, they, are, have


Once you know what your child can do then each piece of learning you do with them should include what they can already do and only add one new letter or word or number or skill.


File icon: mp4 SEN Phonics Phase 1 Environmental Sounds with Mrs Westall [mp4 23MB] Click to download
This game encourages the careful listening skills that are needed to hear the sounds in words
File icon: mp4 SEN Phonics Phase 1 Noisy Neighbours with Mrs Westall [mp4 130MB] Click to download
This game encourages the careful listening skills that are needed to hear the sounds in words
File icon: mp4 SEN Phonics Phase 1 Silly Soup with Mrs Westall [mp4 10MB] Click to download
This game encourages children to listen for the first ( initial) sound in words. Mrs Westall plays it with the S sound but it can be played with other, If you are not sure how we say the sounds in school look at the Phase 2 video with Miss Jones where she recaps all of them.

File icon: mp4 SEN Phonics - Phase 2 - All the phase 2 sounds with Miss Jones [mp4 15MB] Click to download
This will help the children practice recognition of recognise remember how to say all the Phase 2 sounds
File icon: mp4 SEN Phonics- Phase 2 -Writing with Miss Sparks [mp4 8MB] Click to download
This video focuses on writing simple 3 letter words by sounding our each letter.


File icon: mp4 SEN Video Reading - First Tricky Words ( the words that do not use phonics) [mp4 5MB] Click to download
File icon: mp4 SEN Video Reading - Blending with Miss Jones [mp4 8MB] Click to download
File icon: mp4 SEN Video Reading - More Blending with Miss Jones [mp4 10MB] Click to download


File icon: mp4 SEN Maths Counting Game with Mrs Westall [mp4 9MB] Click to download
This 1- 10 counting game can be easily adapted. - count up to any number up to 20 - count on from any number
File icon: mp4 SEN Adding Numbers within 20 with Miss Jones [mp4 11MB] Click to download
File icon: mp4 SEN Making numbers using tens and ones with Miss Palmer [mp4 62MB] Click to download