From: £15.00 / year
Help for hard-to-grasp writing concepts
About the Program
Writing Beach offers a unique and engaging way to help children aged 7-14 to understand the building blocks of written language whilst having fun. Learn about sentence structure, grammar, punctuation and strategies that give children a structure they can follow when writing.
Students with dyslexia have difficulty writing and often find it hard to put an idea into words. But once they are shown a few simple planning techniques suddenly writing becomes manageable. Writing Beach breaks these skills down into small, manageable stages.
Children with dyslexia often find it difficult to grasp grammatical ideas. They struggle to remember concepts like nouns, verbs and adjectives because they are not concrete, they can’t be imagined.
Those with dyslexia need a different approach. Nessy uses video strategies, games and worksheets to make these concepts memorable.
“We love Nessy Writing Beach. It builds up the students confidence step by step and gives the teacher great planning ideas for games when developing more interesting sentences for story or poetry writing.”
– Deborah Redding, Head of Learning and Curriculum Support, Badminton School
How it works:
Lesson 1: Sentence Construction
- What makes a complete sentence?
- Capital letters and full stops
- How to construct a sentence
- Writing motivation
Lesson 2: Joining Words (Conjunctions)
- Understanding conjunctions and when to use them
- Using the right conjunction
- How conjunctions join clauses
Lesson 3: Punctuation
- Understanding commas, exclamation marks, question marks, apostrophes
- When to use, how they help form sentences
Lesson 4: Bullet Point Plans
- Planning a sentence or writing a description
- Identifying the key subject of the sentence
- Writing clearly
Lesson 5: Parts of Speech (Nouns, Adjectives and Verbs)
- Understanding there are different types of words and their definitions
- Building sentences using different parts of speech
Lesson 6: Past Tense and Irregular Verbs
- What they are
- How they change a word
- When to use them
Lesson 7: Descriptive Writing
- Use a simple plan to help write a poem or description
- Utilising visual thinking and creativity
Lesson 8: Planning a Paragraph
- How to structure link ideas into a paragraph
- How to use a topic sentence
Lesson 9: Story Plans and Writing
- Use a simple plan to help organise and develop ideas
Lesson 10: Advanced Skills
- Use different types of clauses to vary sentence construction
- Develop visualisation to aid memory
- Activities to develop listening skills
Writing Difficulties Associated with Dyslexia
Typical dyslexia writing difficulties generally fall into two main groups. Writing Beach addresses this and helps all children with dyslexia understand the key concepts of writing and sentence structure.
Group 1 – Slow Going
- Hesitation and feelings of inadequacy.
- Not knowing how to start.
- The inability to order thoughts.
- Slow to think up sentences.
- The inability to think of the right words to use (vocabulary and word finding difficulties).
Group 2 – Impulsive Rush
- Bursting with ideas and too eager to get them down onto paper.
- No planning.
- Writing incomplete sentences.
- Lack of punctuation.
- Untidy handwriting.
- Confused information.
- Indecipherable spelling.
- Poor spacing and pen control.
- Starting away from the margin and wandering haphazardly over the page.
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- Games teach parts of speech and punctuation
- Videos strategies show children how to quickly plan their writing
- Printable resources to motivate and encourage
- Helps children with dyslexia understand nouns, verbs and adjectives
- Develops writing skills in a structured, step-by-step system