Differentiated English Activities

Glasshouse College has developed a range of English activities that are differentiated by ability level.


Lower level pack, including:

  • shape poem instructions
  • flower/ butterly template
  • leaf template
  • spring words to cut out
  • spring phonics worksheet

Mid level pack, including:

  • shape poem introduction sheet
  • shape poem spidergram
  • spring phrases document
  • butterfly template
  • leaf template
  • adjective alphabet challenge

Higher level pack, including:

  • visual shape poem task
  • spring poem spidergram

Introduce the approach or activity

This is part of a range of differentiated activities to get students to engage with English and maths creatively. It is the second week in an overarching scheme of work around using our senses to develop writing. The SOW started with a journey into creating different poetry forms.

At the same time we sent out a flower pressing activity, as we want the learners to create beautiful bespoke journals/ scrap books to keep their work in.

Resource developed for the following learner cohorts

ASD/ behavioural challenges/ learners with neuro differences.

There are schemes of work ranging from pre-entry through to level 2. The three exemplar sets provide examples of work across the levels.

Top tips and key considerations

We wanted to incorporate some wellbeing activities and art into all of our work. This linked with our aim to help isolated students to develop a sense of connectivity with the outside world by using their wider senses.

For this particular group of lower levels the instructions are designed to be read to/ with the student.

A visual option, either Communicate in Print or using other pictorial prompts accompanying each stage, can also be offered.

What resources are required?

Paper and whatever art materials the student may have to hand, e.g. paints, coloured pencils. For some disadvantaged students we had already sent out a set of coloured pencils.

How will you capture evidence of learning?

As part of a covering letter, sent out earlier, we asked students to photograph their work and send it back to us. They can do this via email, through Google Classroom, or alternatively they can post it back to us.