Manor Primary School

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Welcome to Goldfinch


Goldfinch class is a specialised resource catering for the needs of children with Cognition and Learning difficulties.


The aim of the resource is to provide a tailored curriculum to meet the needs of children identified with Cognition and Learning difficulties.  To provide them with an environment that enables them to meet their full potential, building on their self-confidence and developing skills for life. 


The Cognition and Learning Resource teaches children from year 1 to year 6.  The resource is run by a qualified SENCo with highly trained support staff with specialist training in working memory, Emotional literacy support, Speech and Language, Dyslexia etc.  When a child is first offered a place staff are trained with any relevant information required for that child, such as seeking the advice from the Educational Psychologist.  When necessary other professionals are consulted and offer additional support such as for visual impairments.


The pupils follow the National Curriculum with content differentiated to ensure appropriate access for learning. The students learn in a whole class, smaller groups and/or individually in a setting that provides specialist intervention work.


In accordance with the requirements of the child’s Education, Health and Care plan and/or their Individual needs plan, children will follow a personalised curriculum focusing on phonics, reading, writing, speaking, listening, group interaction, fine motor, gross motor and mathematics.  Alongside these subjects the children are also developing their social skills, understanding of health and being taught life skills.  Other subjects, such as more topic based areas will be taught in a mainstream classroom during the afternoons.  This time back in their mainstream classes also helps to nourish their peer interactions and maintain friendships.


Children attend the Resource Monday to Friday 8.50am – 11:50am.  When the session finishes the pupil returns back to their mainstream class for lunch and to attend afternoon sessions.