3rd Edition

Developing Language and Communication Skills through Effective Small Group Work SPIRALS: From 3-8

By Marion Nash, Jackie Lowe, Tracey Palmer Copyright 2011
    144 Pages
    by Routledge

    144 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Poor literacy skills have been shown to have profound effect on the life chances of children and young people. Now in its third edition, Developing Language and Communication Skills through Small Group Work provides essential information for practitioners working with linguistically struggling children. Using the Spirals language development technique predicated by psychological principles, this book contains a wealth of effective ideas to support children’s language and communication. The book includes concise explanations of the terms and concepts involved, clear guidelines for setting up and running small group sessions, structured lesson plans and photocopiable resources.

    Acknowledgements  Introduction  Sessions for Nursery  Materials  Timing  Key teaching points  Main concepts covered in Nursery sessions  Nursery sessions 1–12  Sessions for Foundation/Key Stage 1  Materials  Timing  Key teaching points  Main concepts covered in Foundation/Key Stage 1 sessions  Foundation/Key Stage 1 sessions 1–12  Sessions for Key Stage 2  Materials  Timing  Key teaching points  Main concepts covered in Key Stage 2 sessions  Key Stage 2 sessions 13–24  Appendix: photocopiables


    Marion Nash currently focusing her Doctoral research on her professional interest in speech, language and communication needs. Marion provides training for Early Years settings, primary schools, speech and language therapy service teams, local authorities with 'I Can', the national speech and language charity.

    Jackie Lowe is currently working with the 'I Can' nursery centre in Plymouth supporting children with specific language impairment.

    Tracey Palmer is a highly experienced Primary School teacher who uses the SPIRALS technique to enhance literacy outcomes.

    Praise for previous edition:

    'Teaching staff, assistants in schools and nurseries are finding this book invaluable. It is a good idea which is fully resourced, simply produced, gives a terms worth of language work for the most needy pupils and above all is fun for both adults and children. How can it be so much fun and so effective at the same time? I'm just glad that it is! Well worth buying and putting into practice with small groups of 6 to 8 linguistically vulnerable children. The positive effects spread into the classroom.' - Customer Review, Amazon