English Support

Our brains are amazingly complex allowing each one of us to develop our own unique talents and skills. Different areas of the brain are needed to develop different skills.

We use our right brain when dealing with words, imagining new ideas in art and music, taking risks and expressing out feelings.  Our left brain is used in science and maths, for planning strategy and working logically through problems.   We all learn in different ways.

 

What have all the people shown below got in common?

(Thomas Edison - inventor of the lightbulb, Tim Tebow - Quarterback, Steve Jobs - Chairman of Apple, inventor and entrepreneur, Whoop Goldberg - actress and chat show host, and Will.I.Am - singer, songwriter, DJ and record producer)

All of them have some dyslexic type difficulties with reading and spelling. But all of them were determined to overcome their difficulties and develop their own unique skills. 

Thomas Edison said, “The greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

Tim Tebow said, “You just have to understand how you learn and how you process information.  When you know that you can overcome a lot of obstacles that come with dyslexia. When you figure out how you learn, you can accomplish whatever you want.”

At Acacias extra support out of the classroom is provided for pupils who find developing reading and spelling skills more challenging. The support is multi-sensory using a variety of strategies to build up phonic knowledge and apply it in writing and reading. 

At Acacias extra support out of the classroom is provided for pupils who find developing reading and spelling skills more challenging. The support is multi-sensory using a variety of strategies to build up phonic knowledge and apply it in writing and reading. 

During the sessions children will:

  • Learn about the alphabet – the order of the letters and their names and sounds and how to use a dictionary effectively
  • Develop memory skills to make it easier to hold and manipulate information in their heads
  • Create a collection of personalised reading and spelling cards, which are used as memory aids
  • Develop cursive handwriting to make it easier to remember the shape of letter patterns and words
  • Look for patterns in spelling and learn how to apply spelling rules
  • Learn to spell high frequency words
  • Develop decoding skills in reading

 

At home

There are lots of different ways to practise new skills at home:

  • Try writing letters in some sand or with chalk or perhaps trace them on another person’s back for them to guess.
  • Practise spellings by writing them with different colours and different pens and pencils using a cursive style.
  • Try writing your spellings with your eyes closed
  • Cut letters out of a newspaper or magazine to practise spelling key words
  • Make a wordsearch with your spellings for someone else to solve

 

 

You can also download the following leaflets that have been produced by our SpLD specialist teacher, Susan Whittaker, giving ideas of how to help your child at home:

Helping your child at home - Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia

Helping your child at home - Speech and Language Difficulties

Activities to do at home to support Speech and Language difficulties

 

These websites have some useful ideas and games:

Games to help with memory skills

http://the kidzpage.com/freekidsgames/games/ngames/memory4/memory4-game.html

http://gamesgames.com/game/Trolley_Dash.html

http://brainconnection.brainhq.com/brain-teasers

Games to develop spelling

www.letters-and-sounds.com

www.spellzone.com

For further information

www.bdadyslexia.org.uk

www.thedyslexia-spldtrust.org.uk

Apps on the ipad

Memorise – to develop memory skills

Explain Everything – to practise handwriting

 

If you have queries or want some more information, Miss Whittaker, the SpLD teacher, will be happy to chat with you.