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Learning and Cognition

Learning needs

Teachers, HLTAs (higher level teaching assistants) and TAs (teaching assistants) have high expectations of pupils, and use their subject knowledge to enable all children to achieve the learning objective in lessons. Additional support or resources (such as numicon, visual instructions, word mats) are given to those who need them. Our school has Ipads with Cliker, a computer based tool, which is used to help children access the curriculum. Each child receives, ‘green for growth’ tasks every day which offer differentiated challenge or addresses misconceptions. This ensures children respond to marking and make progress with growing independence.

At St Matthew’s we endeavor to close the gap between those with learning difficulties and their peers. To do this, extra teaching takes place to address misconceptions. If a child is on the SEN register for learning and cognition, they will have individualised targets. Staff members will then work with your child to help them reach these targets. Their progress will be reviewed regularly. Advice and support may be gained from external agencies for children with learning difficulties such as the Learning and Cognition Team of Specialist Teachers. If teachers feel a child may have dyslexia, we have an online dyslexia screener we use to detect this.

Currently we offer a variety of interventional programs. Those currently available for children with learning and cognition needs are:

Intervention

Details

Rapid phonics

Letter and phoneme sounds.

Handwriting

Correct letter formation and orientation.

Precision teaching

Reading or spelling of individual words through games and a daily test.

Reciprocal reading

Guided reading strategy involving children reading a small section of text independently, making predictions, clarifying unknown words, asking questions and summarizing the section.

Beat Dyslexia

Activities from the Beat Dyslexia book to help remove barriers for those identified as having dyslexia.

Small group or 1:1 English or Maths catch up and individual education plan based work.

Based on child individualized targets.

Pixl writing intervention

Y6 intervention looking at bridging the gaps and SATs preparation.

Pixl reading intervention

Y6 intervention looking at bridging the gaps and SATs preparation.

Pixl maths intervention

Y6 intervention looking at bridging the gaps and SATs preparation.

20:20 maths

Pre assessment and then targeted teaching of gaps the child may have in acquisition of math’s skills.