Reading at Bilton Infant School
At Bilton Infant School we aim to provide high quality teaching and learning experiences to enable the children to become skilled and fluent readers. We strive to make reading engaging and exciting to promote reading for pleasure. Reading standards in school are strong and pupils enjoy reading.
Teachers read regularly to the children through modelled reading, shared stories, poems and information books. Staff and children really enjoy sharing books and listening to stories, which provides opportunities to visualise, develop their imagination and to learn new vocabulary.
We have regular Guided Reading sessions in all classes and our teachers record our progress as we read. We have lots of books to choose from within our Guided Reading schemes. At Bilton Infant School we use Phonic Bugs primarily and supplement reading opportunities with other books.
Each child learns to read at their own pace and in their own way. We adapt our teaching to make sure every child is making the best possible progress. We provide additional support for children needing it through Reading and Phonics interventions. We can read our individual books on line at www.bugclub.co.uk. We have got our own usernames and passwords. We can choose different books to read and our teachers are able to see our progress as we answer questions about what we have read. We get to complete challenges and build castles or rockets as rewards!?
The phonics and reading scheme we follow is Phonics Bug Club.
Phonics at Bilton Infant School
Synthetic phonics is a method of teaching reading which first teaches the letter sounds and then builds up to blending these sounds together to achieve full pronunciation of whole words. Synthetic phonics teaches the phonemes (sounds) associated with the graphemes (letters).
Sounds are taught on their own and then blended together (this is called synthesising), all-through-the-word. For example, children might be taught a short vowel sound (e.g. /a/e//i/o/u/) in addition to some consonant sounds (e.g. /s/, /t/, /p/). Then the children are taught words with these sounds (e.g. sat, sit, pat, pit, pot, tap, at, it). They are taught to pronounce each phoneme in a word, then to blend the phonemes together to form the word (e.g. /s/ - /i/ - /t/; "sit").
We teach sounds in all positions of the words( for example /t/ at the beginning of the word "top", but at the end of the word "pit" or in the middle of the word "pitch"), but the emphasis is on all-through-the-word segmenting and blending from the beginning of the programme.
Research evidence has shown that the most effective way to teach phonics is by using one main programme (in our case Phonic Bug). This can be complimented and enriched by other materials and we use the Jolly Phonics Programme to make our early phonics learning fun, successful and accessible for all learners.
We have regular phonics session where we learn how to read and write using our phonic knowledge. We play lots of different phonic games which help us understand how phonemes make words and we use words to make sentences. We use the Interactive Whiteboard to play games and learn new phonemes and graphemes.
We have weekly phonics homework such as graphemes to learn, spellings and tricky words to read and write. These are assessed and updated regularly.
Spelling at Bilton Infant School
Our spelling framework is based upon Appendix 1: Spelling of the English National Curriculum 2014. Each week the pupils are expected to learn a set of spellings based upon a wide range of spelling patterns and common exception words.
More information can be found below or under our 'Children' tab and 'Class pages'
Mathematics at Bilton Infant School
Our Mathematics Curriculum follows the National Curriculum for Maths 2014.
On 12 July the DfE announced new funding (£41m over four years) to support schools to learn about and start to implement mastery approaches to teaching maths. Bilton Infant School is participating in this with funding provided for 2 of our teachers to join Work Groups, led by a local Mastery Specialists with the aim of spreading knowledge, experience and expertise about mastery approaches widely across the school landscape.
Below is a copy of our latest calculation policy for parents. This provides a step by step guide to teaching addition, substraction, multifplication and division.