Years 1 and 2
In KS1 we aim to foster a love of learning. Our cross-curricular topics include all subjects in the National Curriculum, although science and maths are usually taught as discrete subjects. At the heart of our topics are fantastic books that are carefully selected for their links to the topic as well as for the quality of the text and/or pictures.
Phonics is taught every day and children are split into ability groups, depending on what phase of phonics they are working on. Phonics is taught in a fun, interactive way using games and engaging resources following the 'Read, Write Inc.' programme.
Children are monitored on their ability to recognise key words in their reading and are encouraged to start spelling these correctly in independent writing.
Maths is taught daily through a variety of games, investigations and hands on activities. Children are encouraged to apply their number skills in many aspects of their learning e.g. science and ICT. We support the children in acquiring important basic number skills, such as counting, sequencing and number bonds.
Years 3 and 4
In Years 3 & 4 we have selected a wonderful range of children’s books to enhance the children’s pleasure in reading and to teach literacy creatively. We use lots of strategies to support writing, including: discussion, role play, reading aloud and oral story-telling. Children learn how to organise their ideas and writing and how to use an increasingly varied vocabulary to make their writing interesting.
In Years 3 & 4 children solve increasingly complex number problems. They use all four mathematical operations (+ - x ÷) and are encouraged to talk about their methods and their solutions. By the end of Year 4 children are expected to know all of their times tables up to 12x.
Years 5 and 6
In Years 5 & 6 we put books at the heart of our learning in literacy and use them to inspire our class topics. Through our topics we will be reading: fiction books, recounts that tell historical stories, biographies that explore journeys and poems that evoke emotions.
We will give the children opportunities to immerse themselves in books and to write in role, exploring ideas through role play and talk. We will teach different writing styles and give the children the chance to develop independent thinking as they choose how to present their ideas by creating their own books, web sites or displays.
In maths we will continue to build upon the children’s knowledge and give them the opportunities to become confident mathematicians. We will focus on developing key number skills and facts and show them how these can be applied to more complex problems. We will teach methods they can use with confidence and understanding. When a child leaves Yr 6 we want to be sure that they have a tool box of good maths skills they can understand, develop and apply.