Whole School

Maths

Years 1 and 2 have a daily maths session focusing on number, measurement, geometry and statistics. The teaching of mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving provide the foundations from which the maths lessons are conducted. Each lesson has been planned to give every child the opportunity to develop their mathematical skills through working with an adult, their peers or independently.

Maths skills are boosted through daily Maths Meetings. Maths Meetings cover a variety of areas of the maths curriculum more frequently, involve singing and chanting, are interactive and meet the needs of all abilities.

Throughout the year parents and carers have the opportunity to come into school and learn with their child. Last year we held maths open mornings in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Parents and carers also have the opportunity to speak to teachers about how their child is progressing through termly parents evenings.

Literacy

Literacy lessons focus on the development of speaking and listening, reading and writing. The teaching of spelling, grammar, punctuation and comprehension is embedded throughout literacy lessons. Lessons are planned so that children have the opportunity to work with an adult, with their peers or by themselves.

Phonics is taught daily in Reception and KS1 using the Letters and Sounds Programme. Phonics helps children to hear, identify and use different sounds to aid their reading and writing skills. http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/letters-and-sounds

Each week children participate in a whole class reading lesson which is linked to their theme or a Christian value.  These sessions focus on developing fluency and comprehension skills. Each class has its own reading corner and children  visit our school library bus at least fortnightly. Regular opportunities are planned for the children to listen to stories to develop their love and enjoyment of reading. Each child has a reading book to take home which is appropriate to their reading level and supports their phonics learning. Staff and volunteers listen to each child read on a regular basis.

Children are taught to write for different audiences through a variety of genres. Teachers plan exciting and engaging lessons using quality texts, pictures, videos and first hand experiences as a starting point.

Handwriting is taught at least three times each week and spellings are sent home each half term and are personalised for each child in KS1.