Presentation on theme: "Creating a Language Friendly Classroom in Key Stage 2 Linda Hobbs Cathy Woolard Wednesday 4 th February 2009."— Presentation transcript:
Creating a Language Friendly Classroom in Key Stage 2 Linda Hobbs Cathy Woolard Wednesday 4 th February 2009
Research Effective oral language skills are the building blocks on which subsequent literacy and numeracy development is based. Without solid foundations in language and communication skills children run the risk of school failure, low self-esteem and poor social skills. ICAN Cost to the Nation report.
Changes in Society Meal times Care arrangements / pushchairs Computers / toys Television / radio Noisy environments Central heating Texting Busy lifestyles Mortgages National Curriculum
Language difficulties/needs at KS2 In some parts of the country as many as 40–50% of children have problems with speech, language and communication that could be addressed through a universal offer and through language rich environments. There is a separate group of children, around 5–7% of the total population, who have SLCN arising from having a specific language impairment. Other children will have SLCN arising from other impairments, e.g. children with autism, many with cerebral palsy and many with learning disabilities.
Pyramid of Language Development Speech Expressive Language Verbal Comprehension Eye Contact, Looking, Copying, Listening, Turn-taking
Activity 1 Get into groups of four You will be given a school activity Using the sheet with the key, discuss what language and communication demands would be made for the child during your activity. Listen to the example of Register time.
Making things easier in the Classroom Classroom environment – visual support systems
Classroom strategies Furniture and displays
Classroom Strategies Watch your language!
Classroom Strategies Teach them to be independent and ask. Make it explicit what you want them to do.
Use interventions in small groups Look for opportunities to put children in small groups to talk and to listen with good adult modelling.
Case Study of Joanne age 8 years Using your case study notes, discuss in your groups the barriers Joanne might face and what changes you could make to your classroom.