We recognise the need to teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. The policy is based on the aims and objectives set out in the 2014 National Curriculum.
The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary,
- an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading,
- writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
As part of our reading scheme we use the 'Accelerated Reader' program. Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps the school to manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Children pick a book at their own level and reads it. When finished, the child takes a short quiz on the computer. Accelerated Reader gives feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.
Children using Accelerated Reader choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.
EYFS and KS1 Reading Schemes and Phonics
Phonics is taught across Reception and Year 1 and we use the DfE validated Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) programme 'Unlocking Letters and Sounds' to do this. We use ‘Big Cat Books' which are fully decodable and aligned directly with the phonics scheme and ensure that children are reading the sounds in line with their learning. This ensures all pupils progress from decoding words to reading fluently and for pleasure.
For more information regarding the National Curriculum, please click here.
Our curriculum supports children to become confident mathematicians, vital skills in the modern world. Teaching focuses on cross curricular learning where possible in order to make the Maths learning exciting and motivating, with dynamic ICT software and resources. Daily lessons are delivered across the school, with a focus on:
- Number and Place Value;
- Addition and Subtraction;
- Multiplication and Division;
- Fractions (Y4 includes Decimals);
- Geometry (including Properties of Shape and Position and Direction;
and for Year 5&6:
- Decimals and Percentages;
- Ratio and Proportion;
All children have access to Mathletics, an online subscription, which supports and reinforces learning.
Our vision is "Nurturing an enquiring mind to enable children to flourish as Scientists in an ever developing world". Our principles are Enquiring Mind and Curiosity, Learning from experts, Investigation, Teamwork and Enthusiasm (ELITE).
The overarching aim for Science in our school is to ensure that pupils:
- To develop scientific knowledge and understanding
- To develop scientific enquiry skills
- To ask questions about the world they live in and make simple predictions about what might happen if...
- To look carefully at the world around them and use their 5 senses to say what it is like
- To be able to use observations to sort and measure things
- To record their findings in drawings, charts, words and tables
- To explain how to make their test fair and explain why it is fair
- To say what happened and explain trends in their results
- To have an everyday working knowledge of Science so they can apply it to their everyday lives
- To make use of ICT, Literacy and Numeracy skills
- To work safely
In order to achieve these aims we will:
- Provide a stimulating environment to promote effective learning in Science
- Ensure continuity and progression in Science by liaising with colleagues on areas covered
- Give children lots of opportunities to develop and apply investigative skills
- Provide necessary resources for the children to be taught effectively
- Provide a safe environment in which to explore Science
Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)
Relationships and Sex Education will be statutory in September 2020. As a school we have mapped out the RSE strands and identified where they are already covered in our current curriculum. The Sex education strand will be covered through our Science Curriculum - see our RSE policy for further information.