Cognition and Learning Skills

Cognition and learning

This may include;

Learning Difficulties (Moderate – MLD)

Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia)

This includes children who demonstrate features of general learning difficulties (moderate, severe or profound) or more specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. Children with cognition and learning difficulties are less well developed than their 
peers in areas such as understanding, thinking, learning, remembering or communicating. They 
may demonstrate a narrow range of difficulties affecting only a few aspects of learning, or a broad range of difficulties affecting access to the whole curriculum. There may be associated difficulties with social skills, organisation, and independence 

At Christ Church our provision for children with these identified needs can include:

  •  Differentiated daily phonics and spelling session using ‘Letters and Sounds’ and the National Curriculum 2014 from EYFS to Y6.
  • Small group or one-to-one intervention programmes are delivered to improve skills in reading, eg. ‘Better Reading Partnership’, ECAR and Rapid Reading.
  •  Targeted small group support in class from the class teacher and teaching assistant following the Graduated approach.
  •  Whole school community licence is purchased for the use of ‘Bug Club’ at home and in school for reading development.
  •  Strategies and resources to support dyslexic pupils eg. coloured overlays for reading, word banks to support and specialised dictionaries.
  • Programs for one to one interventions such as ‘Toe by Toe’ and the ‘Nessy’ program.
  • Strategies to promote and develop English and mathematical skills with increasing independence. Games to enhance short- term memory recall.
  •  ‘Word Aware’ and ‘Talk for Writing’ approach from EYFS to Y6 
  •  Use of iPads (x7) where possible to reduce barriers to learning eg.Targeted mental mathematical recall. Purchase of ‘Interactive resources’ and Abacus Maths Active Learn’ online software and community licence to support home-learning  and outstanding teaching in school.
  • Provision of manipulatives and digital manipulatives to promote access and independence, as well as to ensure that learning is multi-sensory and practical
  • Additional processing/thinking time for responding to questions, completing tasks, sharing ideas. ‘I don’t know’ is welcomed.
  • All staff use the ‘National Centre For Excellence In The Teaching Of Mathematics’ as a resource for CPD and observing outstanding practice in maths.
  • We have an ongoing commitment to improving access to information for our EAL families. We use for basic translations.
  • Multi-agency involvement with the family as required.


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