Do you have children in your class that are not able to do the activities for children working towards their age-related expectation? Or maybe they can do the activities in some lessons, but not others. But you’re told to keep the class together, right?
Well, Hamilton has just what you need: Extra Support activities to enable those children to start working towards age-related expectations.
We’ve looked at what is crucial in the teaching, put our heads together to think what prerequisite skills children might be lacking and planned activities around those skills. Each activity has some simple bullet-pointed teaching, and then some fun practice. They can be led by a TA working with a small group of children. There is always a s-t-r-e-t-c-h, just to see if children can get that little bit closer to the age-related expectation.
For best effect, the extra support activities can be done with the children before the lesson on the age-related topic as pre-teaching. That way, when you teach the lesson, the children are already tuned in, and know the vocabulary you are going to use. Maybe you will even see some smiles as they think, ‘I can do this!’
Extra Support activities can also be used as a starter for those children who need it during the lesson or even after a lesson to revise skills that the lesson highlighted as gaps. They are perfect gap-fillers to ensure on-going progression.
Remember, these activities are planned with the main class objective in mind, so can help you to keep the class on track. Used consistently, this Extra Support can help struggling children to make real progress and gain confidence.