Springwell School

Resources & Learning tools 


Below is an "Introduction to Phonics" training that has been delivered to parents. 

Below is the second phase of the phonics training "Spring into Phonics".

Below is the third and final phase of phonics training "Read Write Inc".

Below is a copy of the presentations seen in the videos:

Noisy book suggestions - click on the links below to see the suggested cause and effect books.

Around the farm - Eric Carle  Hoot, Meow, Roar – Cottage Door Press 
Hear Bear Roar – Eric Carle  Honk on the Road – Thea Feldman  
Here we go little steering wheel book – Eric Carle   Rumble with the Dinosaurs – Thea Feldman 
Bedtime songs – Rose Nestling  My Big Book of Sounds – Kiko 
Thomas and Friends – Let’s go Thomas   Mega Sounds Noisy Dinosaurs – Dougal Dixon  
Sound Storybook Treasury – Erica Care   Noisy bottoms – Mark Chambers 
Noisy Baby Animals – Thea Feldman   Peppa Pig’s Talent Show Noisy sound book – Peppa Pig
Oink On The Farm – Thea Feldman


Indestructible books - Chew proof, rip proof, 100% washable


Books for bugs 


Story telling toys

Mother Goose   Cuddle Barn 


Audio stories - Toniebox: Musical story box that allows children to listen to stories and songs when they a toy story character on top  


Learn some Makaton with signs of the week! 

Every week we create a new list of signs to learn - follow the link below to go to our "Signs of the week" playlist on Youtube and practice your Makaton with us!

Signs of the Week - Youtube Playlist 

Communication Boards

Please find below a communication board with vocabulary relating to Summer. You can use these boards to help your child to chat about activities they might like to do.

summer communication board 2 1 .pdf

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

The Picture Exchange Communication System, or PECS, allows people with little or no communication abilities to communicate using pictures. People using PECS are taught to approach another person and give them a picture of a desired item in exchange for that item. By doing so, the person is able to initiate communication. A child or adult with autism can use PECS to communicate a request, a thought, or anything that can reasonably be displayed or symbolized on a picture card. PECS works well in the home or in the classroom.

Pupils at the school learn and utilise PECS so it can be a really useful tool to continue at home in order to not only reinforce the learning but also give the child any and all opportunities to have a voice. It is important to have the PECS as accessible as possible so as to not inhibit the chances of their use. 

There is a software system called InPrint also known as Widgit that is great for the creation of these symbols.

InPrint3 Software 

They will then need to be printed, cut out (we do this first to ensure a quality sealed edge so they last longer), laminated, cut out again and a small piece of soft velcro attached to the back can be added to the back. Alternatively, there are premade packs of symbols/schedule strips available on Amazon.


Chillwell is a system created within the school. It encourages relaxation and engagement by going through through 4 stages:





There are many different ways of achieving each stage as shown in the video below but it all helps in creating a calmed environment. 


Speech & Language Support

Here's a short video from our Speech and Language team to help parents support language development at home.