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Curriculum

If you have any questions about our curriculum, please contact the school directly.

Phonics and Reading 

 

                

 

Collins Big Cat Phonics provides complete support for early reading development in Reception and Key Stage One, fully aligned to Letters and Sounds Phases 1-6. 

 

Our children have a secure start to reading with 80+ fully decodable books fully aligned to Letters and Sounds which include:

 

  • Fiction and non-fiction books fully aligned to Letters and Sounds for complete practice of all the required phonemes.
  • Exciting fiction and non-fiction topics written by fantastic authors and supported by high-quality illustrations & photographs
  • Support for pupils in reaching age-related expectations to support the reading of every book. 

 

Regular teaching and practice supports early readers through highly decodable books for further practice and development.

 

In addition to decoding, they practice increasing their fluency skills, comprehension skills and expanding their vocabulary. 

 

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").

 

Research evidence has shown that the most effective way to teach phonics is by using one main programme - we use Collins Big Cat.

 

We have regular phonic sessions where children learn how to practice and apply phonics to read and write words and sentences.  

Reading and Phonics at home

We provide reading books for children which match their needs. These books are used to practise and apply their new knowledge and skills and will be books children can read at least 90% of, confidently, fluently and independently. 

 

We recommend they read at least three times per week.

 

In addition, children benefit from having adults read story and information books to them to encourage a shared reading experience, a love of books and an opportunity to broaden their language skills.

 

Spelling in school

Our spelling framework is based upon Appendix 1: Spelling of the English National Curriculum 2014.

 

Each week pupils are expected to learn a set of spellings based upon a wide range of spelling patterns and common exception words.

Mathematics in school

Our Mathematics curriculum follows the 2014 National Curriculum.  We use the Power Maths scheme of work.

 

We follow this structure during or over lessons:

  • Power up: recall facts fluently
  • Discover: use a problem to arouse curiosity and discussion
  • Share: highlight new mathematical vocabulary & methods to solver the problem shown in the Discovery section
  • Think together:  children work together to practise new learning (I do, We do, You do)
  • Strengthen or Deepen: link to real life experiences to reinforce the new learning; challenge their thinking in new ways
  • Practice: children work independently
  • Reflect: children work to think about their learning; adults assess what children know and can do.

 

We use an approach so 'everybody can':

  • Concrete resources:  'do' the Maths
  • Pictorial:  'see' the Maths
  • Abstract:  'understand' the Maths

 

Our latest calculation policy provides a step by step guide on how we approach the teaching of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

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