Reading: Reading is of fundamental importance in the education process and plays a vital part in our curriculum. Children participate, weekly, in Guided Reading sessions and shared reading sessions.
Writing: A wide range of writing is encouraged through a variety of activities aimed at writing for a purpose. Writing is linked to themes, when possible, allowing for children to experience writing in all areas of the curriculum. These may include diaries, journals, poems, stories, reports, investigations, descriptions, instructions and notices among others. Spelling, hand-writing and grammar are taught as part of the writing process. All are taught using a variety of techniques.
Phonics and Spelling: We teach spelling and phonics using the Sounds-Write Phonics scheme of work from EYFS to Year 6. View the Sounds-Write website for more information.
Speaking and Listening: These are important communication skills which we develop through a variety of activities: Science, Art, Music, Drama, Role Play, Games etc.
In mathematics we follow the national curriculum, teaching through a mastery appraoch. There is an emphasis on mental skills and rapid recall or 'fluency and automaticity' of number facts. Teachers draw on a variety of resources to support the teaching in the classroom. The use of ICT, models and images and practical work is integral to all lessons to ensure all children develop an understanding of concepts and make progress whatever level they are working at. Children are taught how to use jottings and number lines to support their work. Children are encouraged to use and apply their mathematical skills in other areas of the curriculum.
Following the national curriculum, our aim is to develop the child's interest and awareness in the world around them, to en-courage and develop their natural curiosity.
We wish to foster an understanding of natural phenomena, to use science to solve problems and to develop positive attitudes to safety and the care of living things.
Our work in Science is linked to our theme-based curriculum each term and focuses on the scientific process, as well as key knowledge and skills.
PE & Sports
Our aim is that children will enjoy physical activity whilst developing skills and control of their bodies.
The children participate in gymnastics, dance, athletics, and Forest School. They play a range of games including football, netball, hockey, rounders and cricket. Football, gymnastics, karate, and sports clubs operate during the year. Children and staff have access to peripatetic, specialist staff who deliver high-quality PE and sport sessions for the children.
Swimming lessons are on a rota basis with all children from Year 2 to Year 6 swimming for at least six weeks.