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Curriculum

Reading
Reading is taught using the Resilient Reader approach. This involves whole class reading, and means that the children will have experience of a wide range of good quality texts. The children are taught many different reading skills, to help them become skilled, confident readers, activating and sustaining a love for reading. 
We also use Accelerated Reader to monitor and assess the children’s everyday 
reading at school and at home. The children are able to complete online quizzes for every reading book they take home, and are regurlarly assessed using the Star Reading tool.

 

Writing
We use the ‘Talk 4 Writing‘ approach to engage and excite the children in writing. This approach has 3 main processes. During the initial 'imitation' stage of Talk for Writing, children learn to tell a story off by heart. They retell a text with expression and actions and make use of a story map to support their retelling. Once the story is learnt, children are encouraged to adapt it. At the 'innovation' stage, children make the story their own, for example, by changing the character or setting. Finally, at the Independent Application’ stage, children write their own text independently.

 

Maths 
In mathematics, we adopt a mastery flow model, which has 5 stages. We call these stages 'Show, Do, Think, Explain and Solve'. The children first learn to build up their skills through fluency tasks, before developing their critical thinking and understanding through probing questions and then finally progressing to rich and sophisticated mastery puzzles. This approach enables each individual child to be challenged at their level whilst retaining support and structure where necessary. Essentially, we want our children to become 'familiar with the unfamiliar' where mathematics is concerned.

 

Science
Through their scientific enquiry and investigations, children are given the opportunity to learn about life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes. Activities will take place in the context of the study of themes,which will be 
visited every two years as the children develop understanding. 

Phonics Screening and KS1 SATs Information

Below is the information given at the Phonics and SATS parents information meeting. 

Key Stage 1 Calculation Policy

At the request of some of our parents, please find a document below detailing the methods that we use in school to teach the four operations in mathematics - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. When working with your child at home, it is often difficult to know exactly which is the 'preferred' method of calcuation: this document should help to clear up such queries. There are also details of the 'foundations' of mental maths that children should be confident in at the end of each year group. As always, if you have any queries about any of the curriculum content, please come and find one of us in school. 

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