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 Policy



Teaching Literacy
Ravenswood School Phonics Scheme
• Reading Scheme Guide
Guided Reading
Teaching of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)
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.  Also see our Makaton Handbook 
Child/student led play
Tacpac – communication through touch and music
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECs), for children with very early language skills
• Songs of reference - please see Appendix 1 of the Communication Policy on our School Policies page.

If you would like further advice, support or training on any of these strategies please contact your child’s class teacher or Katie Barnes, Deputy Head. 





Signs from our Makaton booklet





View signs from our Makaton Handbook