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At Hillyfield Primary Academy we believe that all members of our school can achieve their full potential and strive for ‘Excellence and Brilliance’ every day.
Hillyfield, has a strong, enthusiastic staff who work together to ensure that children are empowered to learn, through effective support and intervention to become strong, independent learners.

  • Hillyfield has its very own specialist resource provision for Autistic children known as The Learning Centre.
  • Hillyfield’s behaviour support team empowers children to reach their full potential using positive strategies to cope at school.
  • Outside agencies work with Hillyfield to improve outcomes for its children.
  • Person Centred Reviews are positive and holistic in approach focusing on what matters to the individual child.
  • Hillyfield has its very own Home/School Support Workers to help parents in a variety of different ways.
  • Speech and Language support groups help improve children’s understanding and use of Language.

For information on the Waltham Forest SEND Local offer please follow the link below



For government information pertaining to children with SEND please follow the link below

The SEND Team

Eleanor Woods - SENDCo

Laura Sands - SEND Administrator

HILL SITE                                               PARK SITE

Joseph Mugambwa - Assistant SENDCo            Dawn Kingswood - Assistant SENDCo


If you would like to contact any of our SEND team, please do so by emailing SEND.hill@hillyfieldacademy.com or SEND.park@hillyfieldacademy.com



What is Colourful Semantics?

Colourful semantics is an approach created by Alison Bryan. It is aimed at helping children to develop their grammar but it is rooted in the meaning of words (semantics).

Colourful semantics reassembles sentences by cutting them up into their thematic roles and then colour codes them.

The approach has 4 key colour coded stages. There are further stages for adverbs, adjectives, conjunctions and negatives.

  1. WHO – Orange
  2. WHAT DOING – Yellow
  3. WHAT – Green
  4. WHERE – Blue


This is an example of a child working at level 4. The approach helps children to organise their sentences into key levels. The approach is used in stages and helps children develop language and vocabulary in addition to grammatical structure. It can be used to help children who are starting to develop language and have limited vocabulary to confident talkers who struggle to organise the grammatical content of their sentences.


Who can use Colourful Semantics?

The approach can be used with children with a range of Speech, Language and Communication Needs including:

  • Specific Language Impairment
  • Developmental Delay or Disorder
  • Autistic Spectrum Condition
  • Down Syndrome
  • Literacy difficulties

Why use Colourful Semantics?

There are a range of benefits to using this approach, including but not limited to;

  • Encouraging wider vocabulary
  • Making sentences longer
  • Helps children to answer questions or generate responses to questions
  • Developing use of nouns, verbs, prepositions and adjectives
  • Improves story telling skills
  • Can be transferred to written sentences and written language comprehension
  • Can be carried out individually or in small groups

Source:  https://www.integratedtreatmentservices.co.uk/our-approaches/speech-therapy-approaches/colourful-semantics-2/ 


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