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Language Support



An insight into the dynamic language support work that TA Valerie Crolle gives to reception children for whom English is new. She works alongside teacher Sophie Glaysher, and takes small groups of children out of class for intensive support.

Valerie first sits with the class during carpet time and supports some children while Sophie is explaining subtraction. She then takes a small group out of class and gets the pupils to work on a 'taking away' song and they make books to illustrate it. All the while, she deconstructs the work she is doing and the techniques she uses. At the end of the session the group comes back into class and shares their song - inclusion being the aim.

The teacher and TA work closely together. After the session, Valerie feeds back her observations to Sophie and the two plan future sessions. They discuss individual pupils, their particular problems and how to address them.

Key points:

  • Explores a range of resources, including puppets, pictures and props
  • Teaching key words to boost confidence of pupils with language difficulties
  • The TA provides support in the classroom and in much smaller groups

Published : Feb 2005

15 mins


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