We follow a creative curriculum based around the Power of Reading. Teachers choose a good quality text as the focal point for their literacy and make links across other subjects including science, history, geography, art and design. Look at your child’s class page to find out which text is their current focus.
Reading is at the core of our curriculum and our aim is that the children at our school become lifelong readers. All children have a weekly guided reading session with their class teacher in which they develop their skills of decoding and understanding texts. We use a range of books including fiction and non-fiction. Bug Club is used in Reception and Key Stage 1; children have the opportunity to read the books in school and have a login so that they can read the e-books with you at home. As children move into Key Stage 2 and become free readers, they can use Accelerated Reader which involves taking quizzes on books they have read.
Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 have a daily phonics lesson in which they learn how to blend and segment words to support reading and spelling. We use the Read Write Inc scheme as the basis of our phonics teaching. Key Stage 2 children who still need support with phonics also have daily sessions in small groups.
Children have a daily maths lesson focusing on a range of areas including number, calculating, data handling, shape, space and measures. Problem solving is taught within all of these areas to ensure that children can apply their maths knowledge in a range of real life contexts. Where possible, links are made to other subjects relevant to the current topic.
We also have Maths Moments during the school day to reinforce and rehearse key skills to develop rapid recall of number facts. Times Table Superstars is our KS2 initiative to ensure children are confident with their times tables and number facts. Each level focuses on different multiplication and division facts progressing as follows:
Bronze: x2, x5, x10
Silver: x2, x5, x10, x3, x4
Gold: all tables up to 10x10
Gold Plus: all tables up to 12x12
Platinum: multiplication and division facts of larger numbers, e.g. 20 x6, ½ of 650