Thinking Talking Blogging


Children and young people’s language development is important for their emotional development, behaviour and mental health. We often see problems starting between children and young people because of verbal misunderstandings and problems with managing their emotions. These can then escalate because they can’t negotiate or repair the miscommunication. Sometimes things […]

Why did we write Language for Behaviour and Emotions?





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 […]

Transition back to school




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 […]

Creating a Word Aware School







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 […]

Word games develop vocabulary