Extra Support in Reading and Writing

If a child is identified as needing further support in their English acquisition, we utilise a few different approaches to intervention and this will be identified on an individual basis. One key intervention is access to Wordshark which is especially useful for those with dyslexia and other special educational needs. It has a diagnostic tool that assess which spelling rules and patterns the children need to practise the most and then teaches and reinforces them using fun games and activities. Wordshark gives our students the essential reinforcement and continuous practice they need to master a wide range of spelling patterns and rules.  Children who have been identified by their class teacher as requiring this individual and specialised support will be given a log in that they can use to access Wordshark both at school and at home.  Their class teacher is able to access the program to monitor usage and progress of the children using it, to ensure it is the best intervention for them to help them to progress.

Interventions that run in school related to English, that SEND children access. 

Spelling Support

  • Opportunities to use the computers to complete Spelling Shed.    
  • Opportunities to use the computers to complete Wordshark.    
  • Specific personalised spelling lists on Spelling Shed.    
  • Teaching Assistant support with spelling rules.    

Reading Support

  • Individual reading for fluency and comprehension with a skilled and trusted volunteer.    
  • Reading with the Volunteer reading helpers.    
  • Individual reading with year 6 children.    
  • Individual reading with a teaching assistant to support higher level comprehension skills.    
  • Small group reading with a teaching assistant to support higher level comprehension skills.    
  • Project X Code reading and phonics group.     
  • Read, Write, Inc. reading and phonics one to one with a Teaching Assistant.    
  • Read to Me Therapy Dog to enhance confidence in reading.    
  • Specialist (dyslexic) reading skills, Toe by Toe.    


  • Teacher or Teaching Assistant Support on a focus table in English lessons.    
  • Small group handwriting skills.    
  • Small group hand strengthening exercises following Occupational Therapy advice.    
  • Touch typing practise on Chrome books.    
  • Use of Chrome books in writing lessons.    
  • Spag group (Spelling Punctuation and Grammar) knowledge intervention    
  • National Teaching Programme (NTP), specific tutor support focused on areas in writing where gaps may exist.    

Speech and Language

  • Speech and Language work with NHS speech and language therapist or assistant therapist.    
  • Speech and language group with teaching assistant to work on:  support with following instructions, listening, working as a team or with partners, memory and phonological awareness.    

Specific support

  • Precision teaching to support children who need to focus on specific areas of learning.    
  • Emotional Literacy Support Assistant time (ELSA).    
  • Memory Fix with a teaching assistant to support enhancing memory strategies.    
  • Pre-teaching vocabulary for lessons to increase knowledge and confidence in lessons    
  • Use of a reading ruler or coloured overlay.    
  • Use of specific computer programmes to support learning and understanding of English.    

Additional challenges provided:

Some children are incredibly able in English therefore we ensure we provide extra challenges to deepen and broaden their skills and understanding. 

Rufus - Our Reading Dog

We are extremely fortunate to have Rufus and his lovely owner volunteer at our school.  He is a specially trained therapy dog.
He attends interventions for children on a 1:1 basis who need their confidence boosting in reading.  He works with children at all levels of ability.   We often notice a big improvement in the selected children's wellbeing, which is fundamental to optimum learning.

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