James Watt Primary School

James Watt Primary School

A 'reading school'


How can you support your child if they have additional needs?

How can you support your child if they are finding the learning tasks too challenging? 

Our first piece of advice for parents is that ALL children find elements of learning challenging at times so try not to worry if your child becomes stuck. The weekly home-learning tasks have been based on the National Curriculum expectations for the year group your child is in. If  your child finds the tasks too challenging then we advise that your child accesses the learning tasks from the age range below them, if this is more appropriate for them and their needs. 

We also have a range of website links that can support your child's specific additional needs. These have been organised into the four main areas of need as outlined in the SEND Code of Practice 2014.



The downloadable sheets below provide useful information and contact details for the Local Authority specialists/professionals we use in school. 

Parents of children with additional needs can telephone the helplines and talk to a professional about the challenges they may be facing at the moment. 

 Communication and Autism Help.pdfDownload
 Educational Psychology Help.pdfDownload
 Learning Difficulties Help.pdfDownload
 Sensory Support Help.pdfDownload
 Top Ten Tips to help your child.pdfDownload
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Did you know that there is a website where you can find all the information about services for children and families with special educational needs? It is called Birmingham's Local Offer.

Communication and Interaction

How a child talks, listens, responds, plays and learns with other children and adults.

Includes resources to support parents of children with Autism and Speech and Language difficulties.

Ambitious about Autism Charity. Information and advice for parents / carers to ensure all autistic children can learn, thrive and achieve fulfilling lives.

National Autism Society. Helpful information about what Autism is and useful advice about how parents / carers can be supported.

Free downloadable games, flashcards and activities to support and develop children's Speech and Language.

Autism Trust offer advice to parents and schools about how to support children with Autism. 

Cognition and Learning

How a child thinks, learns and understands the world around them.

How a child develops their basic maths and English skills, while encouraging learning independence, resilience and a growth mindset attitude.

Includes resources to support parents and children with specific learning difficulties. 

Learn with me provides top tips for parents to help support and develop their child's communication, reading, writing, counting and moving skills. 

Useful information, resources and training to support children

with dyslexia at home and school.

Learn about some of the different learning disabilities and how to support them. 


Social, Emotional and Mental Health

How a child shows their feelings and negotiates and solves problems in different situations, and how they handle changes of routine.

Includes resources to support parents of children that display behaviours that challenge,

or have ADHD, PDA, Autism or anxiety.

The National Attention Deficit Disorder information and Support Service.

Physical and Sensory 

How a child responds to their environment and learning using their senses

and any diagnosed medical issues.

Includes resources to support parents of children with hearing or vision difficulties,

fine and gross motor difficulties, Dyspraxia or Autism.

Helpful tips, resources and games to help children develop their fine motor skills.

Great for improving handwriting!

Helpful information and resources for parents / carers to support children

who have dyspraxia (motor coordination difficulties).

Useful information for parents / carers and children about Epilepsy, including a children's section with stories and and answers to 'The Big Questions'.

National Deaf Children's Society. Great resources, including exciting children's story books, helpful parenting tips and fun playtime and ideas.

Fun and sensory music activities for SEND pupils, including short films.