It’s lock down 3 (in the UK) and to keep young minds active and thinking about words we’ve invented a new word game, ‘Word Chain.’ Rules, cards and a board are available to download for free. It is probably most suited to children over 8, as it includes words like […]
Language for Behaviour and Emotions blog
In recent weeks it seems every news website has articles about safety of staff and students, child mental health and the ‘post-covid attainment gap.’ And as we all work out how to sort through the multitude of issues it is worth considering the role of spoken language and its impact […]
Supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs returning to school after the COVID-19 lockdown It’s been a long, rather strange break, and many children will soon be heading back to schools which are now organised differently. Children, families and staff are all a little anxious. Children […]
As schools have recently closed in the UK, it has been a steep learning curve for all concerned. No one planned for this day, or at least not us! Motivating children to work at home for extended periods can be rather tedious, but one trick is to find games that […]
By Nicky Felton (SENCO and Literacy Co-ordinator) When reviewing progress within our school, we felt that many of our children had poor language skills and limited understanding of vocabulary. This was particularly evident when children moved into Key Stage 2 when it became clear that, although they could read and […]
Webinar by Anna Branagan, co-author of Word Aware 2:Teaching Vocabulary in the Early Years. The webinar looks into how all staff who work in Early Years can work together to develop the spoken vocabulary of all children, including those with language learning difficulties.
Word games really can improve vocabulary. This is because most word games use semantic and / or phonological skills, which are the exact same skills that we need for learning words. A simple pun will play with the sounds of words and require the listener to reflect on word meanings […]