GSO Test

Curriculum

 

Curriculum Intent

At Ernest Cookson School, we are committed to nurturing the social, emotional, and academic potential of all our boys (Years 1-6) within a safe and supportive learning environment. We believe in equipping them with the skills and knowledge to navigate life's challenges and build positive relationships. Alongside our classroom situated in Lister Junior School, we aim to support our pupils to thrive in a mainstream setting whenever possible.

 

Our curriculum is designed to be:

  • Therapeutically informed: We recognize the social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) needs of our students and integrate strategies from play therapy, emotional literacy programs, and social skills development into all aspects of learning.
  • Engaging and multi-sensory: We cater to multi-layering approach to classroom teaching, utilisng a blend of active learning strategies, hands-on activities, and real-world applications to keep our boys motivated and actively participating.
  • Individualized: We provide a personalized learning experience that considers each boy's strengths, weaknesses, and specific needs.
  • Building resilience: We foster a growth mindset and equip our students with the skills to manage emotions, overcome challenges, and build self-confidence.
  • Promoting positive relationships: We emphasize social skills development, communication techniques, and conflict resolution to help our boys build positive relationships with peers, teachers, and the wider community.
  • Preparing for mainstream integration: We offer a curriculum aligned with the National Curriculum, ensuring a smooth transition back to a mainstream setting whenever appropriate.

Core Subjects:

English

At Ernest Cookson Shcool, we follow the Read, Write, Inc and Fresh Start programmes to help develop early word reading and transcription at our school.

We follow Literacy Counts for the comprehension and compositional aspects of the English national curriculum. Our boys work through a carefully considered reading spine and engage with high quality texts that inspire, challenge and motivate them to understand their worlds and the world beyond their everyday experiences. We follow the teaching sequence: immerse, analyse, plan and write. This allows our pupils to experience vocabulary and themes they would not normally come across and apply it into their growing understanding of what it means to be an experienced reader and writer.

Maths

At Ernest Cookson School, we use the White Rose programme, based on the National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) and the EYFS Statutory Framework as the basis of our mathematics programme. We are committed to ensuring that all pupils achieve mastery in the key concepts of mathematics, appropriate for their starting points, in order that they make genuine progress and avoid gaps in their understanding that provide barriers to learning as they move through the school. The small steps approach to building knowledge and understanding allows our pupils to access content relevant to their starting points.

Science

At Ernest Cookson School, we use the White Rose programme, based on the National Curriculum for Science (2014) as the basis of our science curriculum offer. We are committed to ensuring that all pupils understandign the substantive knowledge needed to be successful in science, as well as developing their disciplinary knowledge, understanding and skills as they 'work scientifically' throughout the scheme. The small steps approach to building knowledge and understanding allows our pupils to access content relevant to their starting points.

English Curriculum Overview

english overview.pdf

  

Maths- Curriculum Overview