A ‘Sharing Best Practice’ post by Caroline Hill (SENCO)
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Supporting pupils with learning needs around literacy and dyslexia is a challenge most teachers face. For some pupils the need to master key words is the issue, for some it is the technical vocabulary required for a particular subject and for others it may be the growing volume of vocabulary demanded by new exam specifications.
One simple strategy that can support pupils in this is the use of word triangles. Quite simply these are triangles, subdivided into three sub-sections which contain: 1) The key word to be learnt, 2) the definition of the key word, 3) a visual representation, prompt or reminder of the word.
Pupils can be engaged in the production of the cards or they could be prepared for them, as their needs require. Once a series of cards have been produced, challenge can be increased by cutting up the cards and using them like jigsaws, reinforcing the learning of each word and its definition.
A bank of such cards can then serve as a valuable revision resource or as an activity which can be used by a teaching assistant in lessons to reinforce learning if working with the child in class, or used during one-to-one/small group interventions.
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