Teaching Strategies

Ravenswood pupils respond best to consistent routines and approaches.  Therefore we have designed and developed a set of Teaching Strategies which are used across the school.  These are divided into the following five areas:


ASD Friendly Learning Environment

Setting up the classroom; leading to well planned resources, making the maximum use of lesson time and managing pupils’ behaviour highly effectively with clear rules that are consistently enforced.


• Visual timetables.
Ravenswood approach to TEACHH, to develop independent working
Traffic Light Behaviour Management system



Planning and Teaching well-structured lessons; which ensure teachers introduce subject content progressively, provide adequate time for practice to embed the pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding and identify and correct pupils’ misconceptions.

Planning effective WALTs and WILFs.
Review, Teach, Practise and Apply stages of teaching.
Task Analysis, breaking learning into small steps for pupils to achieve.  
Homework which is meaningful and prepares pupils for their next learning.



Teaching Literacy
Overview of the programme for phonics and spelling. This includes Spelling Homework.
Guided Reading.
Teaching of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG).
Writing Interesting Sentences.
Purpose, Audience and Form; a guide to teaching writing.



Teaching Numeracy
• Calculations Procedures (teaching the 4 operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
  Calculation Procedures Overview        Calculation Procedures Levels 1 to 9        Calculation procedures Levels 10 to 16
RUCSAC, a guide to problem solving



Strategies to develop Communication skills
British Standard Manual Alphabet.
• MAKATON. See videos below.
Child/student led play
Tacpac – communication through touch and music.
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECs), for children with very early language skills.




Mark Senior





View our Makaton Vocabulary videos - stage 1, stage 2, stage 3