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Smallwood Primary School and Language Unit

Language Unit

The Language Unit at Smallwood has 40 places for children with Educational Health Care Plans.


The Unit caters for children with a Primary need of Speech, Language and Communication difficulties.

The children are split into 4 classes;

Apple Class for children in Nursery and Reception

Cherry Class for children for children in Year 1 to Year 2

Approximate number 8-10

Pear Class for children in Year 3 and 4

Maximum number: 12

Lime Class for children in Year 5 and 6

Approximate number 10-12

Each class is taught by a Specialist Teacher and supported well by Teaching Assistants giving a high staff to pupil ratio. Makaton signing is used in all classes.

The classrooms of these classes are housed in between the equivalent mainstream classes, which matches our ethos that the Unit is an integral part of our school.


We have 5 days a week Speech and Language Therapy.

2 days Band 7 and 3 days Band 5

Speech and Language Therapy is at the heart of everything we do at Smallwood. Teachers and therapist plan and deliver Literacy lessons together and each class has a weekly Social Skills lesson

One afternoon a week, all children participate in ‘Talking Teams’ which our Speech and Language Therapist run. The children are split into groups according to their Speech and Language targets.

We also have an Occupational Therapist one day per week. She runs gross motor groups for all children with Occupational Therapy in their statements. She also organises fine motor activities for all children which are then carried out throughout the week in class.


We are more than welcome to show any prospective parents around our Unit.

If you would like to make an appointment to see our Language Unit please contact

SEN Administrator on 0208 672 6024

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