Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Here are some key areas for you to focus on to support your child with their learning. Focus on small steps learning. You may need to revisit the learning until it is achieved.

Some children will also have targets and advice given by the Learning Support Service, Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Educational Psychologist.


If you have any questions then please contact the school.


Miss Russell



You may be seeing a change in your child’s behaviour. This may be due to the lack of structure and routine that the school day can bring. This can be a very anxious time.

Plan each day with a range of activities that involve some learning, some psychical activity and some down time. You may find it useful to involve your child in the planning of each day but you are in charge of the activities available. A choice between two is usually sufficient to allow some control.

A visual timetable can be very useful to support your child. These resources can be found on some of the websites below. If your child is able to read then each activity can be represented with the written word (as in a list). The length of each activity can be managed with a timer. Each activity can be crossed off or removed when completed.

Core Skills

Now is an ideal time to practice your child’s core skills.

Some may not be appropriate for the level your child is working at.


  • Daily reading and sharing a book
  • Book handling
  • Predicting what will happen next in a story
  • Practise writing their name
  • Reading the High Frequency words
  • Spelling the High Frequency words
  • Being able to recognise the sounds in each phonics phase
  • Being able to write the sound in each phonic phase
  • Blending and segmenting sounds in words
  • Saying the days of the week, months of the year, alphabet
  • Turn taking skills
  • Games eg I went to the shops, Kim’s game, Simon Says
  • Sing songs and say rhymes with pattern and rhythm
  • Recognising emotions and feelings
  • Order pictures to show the sequence of an activity
  • Put cut up words in the correct order to make a simple sentence.
  • Match the spoken word to a written word
  • Opportunity to make marks using a range of mark making resources eg paint, pencils, water


  • Counting forwards to 5, 10 , 20 etc and then backwards
  • Counting in twos, fives and tens
  • Recognising numbers in isolation
  • Recognising the number of dots on a dice without counting each time
  • Dice games and board games that encourage counting
  • Ordering numbers
  • Writing numbers 1-10
  • More and less
  • Responding to “how many?”
  • Writing numbers in isolation
  • Recognising shapes
  • Sorting by criteria eg by colour, by size
  • Matching games
  • Counting objects and pointing to each object as they are counted (1:1 correspondence)
  • Simple addition and subtraction (this could be done with objects)
  • Money-recognising coin value
  • Prepositions
  • Number rhymes
  • Number bonds (older children)
  • Times tables (older children)

Physical Skills

  • Shoulder stability- easel, chalkboards, floor puzzles, games played lying on stomach, “painting” with a brush and bucket of water, chalk for outside
  • Using all fours- crawling games
  • Using two hands together- tear paper, Duplo, threading, crunching and tearing paper, threading, cutting
  • Hand strength- playdough activities, crumpling paper, squeezing a water sponge, digging in wet sand, squirting water from a squeezy bottle.
  • Pinch grip- sorting, turning over cards, pinching playdough, clothes pegs, jigsaw puzzles
  • Finger isolation- finger paints, finger puppets, number rhymes with actions, computer, touch screen activities
  • Touch typing (for older children who may need to use technology in their writing)

Useful Websites

Below is a list of suggested websites where you can access ideas, resources and activities to support you.

Woodsetton, Pupils - Home Learning section

Parental Support for children with ADHD

Website to support phoncis learning 

A website that provides resources you can download, for example visual timetables 

A website with a large selection of links to resources for families of children with speech, language, communication (SLCN) and Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Dudley Learning Support Service (LSS)

From Monday 11th May LSS have launched a free support service available daily to Dudley school staff and parents via phone or email for SEND advice and support.