We know that children learn best when they are excited and enthused about their learning. This is why we try to teach through topic, make links between subjects and give children as much real life experience as we can.
In the mornings we tend to do most of our English and maths work. In the Infants we teach the children how to read using a systematic phonics approach (based on Read, Write inc. and Letters & Sounds) and by using a reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree) and real books to encourage their love of reading. In Year 1 and Year 2 they have class readers appropriate to their age e.g. Year 1 'Dogger' by Shirley Hughes and in Year 2 'George's Marvellous Medicine' by Roald Dahl. In the Junior department we draw all our English work from a class reader which is always a high quality text such as 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes or 'Kensuke's Kingdom' by Michael Morpurgo.
To see the National Curriculum reading objectives year by year, please click here.
We fire children's imaginative ideas for writing by giving them reasons to write. It might be because they are inspired by an amazing photograph or that they want to write in the style of an author they've been reading. It could be because they want to write and tell the headteacher something such as 'How we could make school dinners better' or that they want to write a story for the younger children to read. Teachers model excellent writing and that way, children see exactly what they are aiming for.
To see National Curriculum writing objectives year by year, click here
For maths, we are using a mastery approach where we teach longer units of work in greater depth. We use the White Rose materials to help us plan a variety of activities to promote fluency, reasoning and problem-solving. We also offer the children a daily choice and challenge, challenge 1,2 or 3, where they decide which challenge suits them best.
To see the progression year by year in the maths National Curriculum, click here
Every afternoon we teach the foundation subjects and make our topics exciting, engaging and appealing to the children. Where possible, we always squeeze in a visit to support the children's learning.
On special days we collapse the curriculum and teach a whole day on a special theme such as Divali or Buddhism. We have diversity days where we learn about wider society. We're also learning about British values and have really enjoyed having a mock trial or making a new town to help us understand the rule of law.