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See & Learn

At Fairifeld we use a Reading / Communication scheme called ‘See and Learn.’ This addresses the different areas of attention, listening, discrimination and production of the sounds that make up speech, building up vocabulary and encouraging recognition of words.  Producing sounds and words involves motor skills, which require motor planning and control, and as with all motor skills, speech skills improve with practice. Working in regular short sessions, gives opportunities for repetition and practice, storing sounds and words in memories.  The See and Learn programme is available for pupils on the iPad and as a paper copy. This enables pupils to experience and immerse in the best way for them to absorb and develop their learning. Pupils enjoy working with clear photographs and pictures, to help them make connections with recognisable real objects and actions. One to one sessions encourage pupils to focus and practice their skills. Being able to articulate sounds gives children the confidence to vocalise and speak with their friends. We also use Makaton signs to support understanding and communication for non-verbal pupils.

See and Learn Language and Reading programme:

See & Learn First Word Pictures:  This is designed for children who are at the first stage of learning language. It contains activities and resources to help children learn 60 common first words using pictures. It promotes early visual learning by using activities for matching and selecting pictures.
See and Learn First Written Words:  When children have a receptive vocabulary of 50 single words and are able to match pictures, they move on to the next step which provides activities to teach 16 familiar written words and 34 phrases containing two ‘key’ words.
See and Learn More Word Pictures The next step uses visually-based matching, selecting and naming activities to help children learn 55 new words that are common in early vocabularies.
See and Learn First Sentences: This provides activities to teach ‘sight’ reading of 16 new written words (supplementing those introduced in See and Learn First Written Words). These written words are then used in four books illustrating a variety of sentences (with pictures) with three ‘key’ content words. The types of sentences illustrated reflect the types of three-word sentences that are typical at this early stage of language development.

    • See and Learn Playing with Sounds provides practice for listening to sounds, auditory discrimination and producing sounds in isolation.
    • See and Learn Putting Sounds Together provides the resources (sound cards and picture cards) and guidance to give children with Down syndrome practice at blending sounds together.

The Reading and Language Intervention programme is a recent addition to these resources and was developed following ground-breaking research using random control trials.

The additional iPad apps: Special Words and Special Stories are designed to encourage children to recognise written words and spoken words using pictures and sound.