Dyslexia Friendly School
At St Mary Magdalen’s we pride ourselves on being a dyslexia friendly school. We treat dyslexia as a learning difference that we must cater for but also feel that it is important that we learn in what ways the child is dyslexic. We appreciate that dyslexic children can often feel that they are not achieving and do our best to ensure that self esteem is kept high. Our ethos in school very much permeates throughout school life and we work hard to ensure that all children’s strengths and talents are recognised and celebrated.
How are we a dyslexia friendly school?
· We have visual cues around our classrooms to help the children.
· We allow extra time for copying things down or we help with copying in other ways
· We copy onto coloured paper for children for whom this is a help, we also use colour in our teaching
· We ensure that backgrounds on our whiteboards are coloured
· We teach handwriting in small groups if required
· We teach memory skills and mind mapping
· We are creative about the way children record their work
· We allow memory aids in class and writing frames to sequence work
· Individuals will work on sequencing, visual discrimination or spatial awareness if those difficulties have been highlighted
· We help children to do systematic jobs – tidying a drawer, packing a bag
· We use reading rulers
· We teach to scan, skim and read from pictures
· We encourage paired reading
· We allow dyslexic child to sit near front
· We do not embarrass children ask them to read aloud if they are not comfortable
· Spelling and phonics are taught in small ability groups so that children work on words that are achievable for them.
Most importantly we respect the dyslexic child as a learner with intelligence and much to offer.