Puffin's Bespoke Support

Virtual learning bespoke support

Welcome to the the bespoke home learning area. On this page you will find activities which have been specifically tailored to meet your child's individual learning needs.



EAL Resources
For those children where English is not their first language, learning can be quite challenging. Below is a list of activities and resources that can be used to help your child develop their understanding of English. 

Phonics Resources

From Tuesday 5th January 2021, we will restart our free Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on YouTube for children to watch at home.

One lesson at each level will show at 9.30 am each day and be available for 24 hours

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds, Word Time and Spelling: for children in Reception and children who are new to English.
  • Set 2 Speed Sounds and Spelling: for children in Year 1 and 2 (and those in Reception that can read Set 1 Speed Sounds.)
  • Set 3 Speed Sounds and Spelling: for children in Year 1 and 2 that can read Set 2 Speed Sounds.
  • Read longer words: for children who can read Set 3 sounds and words confidently.
  • Read Red Words 1: for children who are reading Red, Green, Purple, Pink and Orange Read Write Inc. Storybooks. Many children are able to read these in Year 1.
  • Read Red Words 2: for children who are reading Yellow, Blue and Grey Read Write Inc. Storybooks. Many children are able to read these in Y2.
  • Read and Hold a Sentence 1: reading and writing practice for children reading Green, Purple, Pink and Orange Read Write Inc. Storybooks. (For children reading and writing with Set 1 sounds confidently and learning Set 2 sounds.)
  • Read and Hold a Sentence 2: reading and writing practice for children reading Yellow, Blue and Grey Read Write Inc. Storybooks. (For children reading and writing words with Set 2 sounds confidently and learning Set 3 sounds.)
English Support Resources
This booklet revisits basic grammar and punctuation activities. These are great short activities that help support writing.
These fronted adverbial resources are designed to support your child with adding extra detail to their sentences. They can be used as daily practise or to support your child with written tasks.
These resources support children with developing sentence structure. Children should verbally say the constructed sentences to help with speech. 
Working Memory & Processing Resources
These activities are designed to support you child as home with developing their working memory. 

1. Work on visualization skills.

Encourage children  to create a picture in their mind of what they’ve just read or heard. For example, say you’ve asked your child to set the table for five people. Have your child imagine what the table should look like, and then draw it. As children get better at visualizing, they can describe the image instead of drawing it.

2. Have your child teach you.

Being able to explain how to do something involves making sense of information and mentally filing it. Maybe your child is learning a skill, like how to dribble a basketball. Ask your child to teach you this skill.  This lets them start working with the information right away rather than waiting to be called on.

3. Try games that use visual memory.

There are lots of matching games that can help kids work on visual memory, like the classic game Concentration or Memory. You can also do things like give children a magazine page and ask them to circle all instances of the word the or the letter a. License plates can also be a lot of fun. Take turns reciting the letters and numbers on a license plate and then saying them backwards, too.

4. Play cards.

Simple card games like Crazy Eights, Uno, Go Fish, and War can improve working memory in two ways. Children have to keep the rules of the game in mind. They also have to remember what cards they have and which ones other people have played.

5. Encourage active reading.

There’s a reason highlighters and sticky notes are so popular: Jotting down notes and underlining or highlighting text can help children keep the information in mind long enough to answer questions about it. Talking out loud and asking questions about the reading material can also help with working memory. Active reading strategies like these can help with forming long-term memories, too.

6. Chunk information into smaller bites.

 It’s easier to remember a few small groups of numbers than it is to remember one long string of numbers. Keep this in mind when you need to give your child multi-step directions. Write them down or give them one at a time. Small chunks of information is easier to remember.

7. Make it multisensory.

Using multiple senses to process information can help with working memory and long-term memory. Write tasks down so your child can look at them. Say them out loud so your child can hear them. Walk through the house as you discuss the family chores your child needs to complete. This can help kids keep information in mind long enough to use it.

8. Help make connections.

Help your child form associations that connect different details and make them more memorable. One way is to grab your child’s interest with fun mnemonics. (For instance, the made-up name “Roy G. Biv” can help children remember the order of the colours in the rainbow — red, orange, yellow, and so on.) Finding ways to connect information helps with forming and retrieving long-term memory. It also helps with working memory, which is what we use to hold and compare new and old memories.

We use a continuous cursive approach to handwriting as it has many benefits including supporting children with dyslexia.  The resources below will help develop your child's letter formation and joining. 
Maths Support Resources