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The Core subjects in the Curriculum are English, Maths and Science
English teaching covers speaking, listening, reading and writing and is mainly taught through the daily Literacy Hour. I addition to this, we also deliver intensive half hour sessions which focus on basic skills such as Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation Opportunities for learning in all these areas are used throughout the child’s school life. The children read on a regular basis during group reading sessions to assist with developing language and reading skills. All pupils are expected to read at home.
Phonics and early reading is taught and delivered through a programme called Read Write Inc. This is a very easy, systematic and lively method of teaching phonics, reading and writing to young children.
Parental involvement in children’s reading development is valued and we provide Parent classes in the use of this scheme. This is then followed up as we welcome parents into school to observe phonic lessons taking place.
The school uses the now well-established National Numeracy Strategy. which takes a strong mental and oral approach to teaching the Mathematics National Curriculum. It is highly structured in content and delivery and places an emphasis on whole class teaching. Practical activity to develop understanding is important and at every level children are expected to apply mathematics in real situations. Much investigative work is planned alongside the acquisition of basic skills. Developing good mathematical language is a vital aspect of all our work. Parents are encouraged to assist children with learning in some areas such as number bonds and multiplication tables, which need regular practice.
We place a strong emphasis on the practical activities.
Science is taught to every year group and we consider the age of the pupiles we are teaching and cover the subect as far as we can as a topic because of its application to everyday life. Depending on the topic, we may teach our pupils as a block or in one hour session over the week.