The Core Subjects

We teach from the National Curriculum (2014). Should you wish to find out more about the primary curriculum follow this link:  https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335133/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_220714.pdf .

The Core Subjects are:

English, Maths and Science

English is the key to a child’s education and we split the subject into speaking, listening, reading and writing. English allows children the ability to communicate their emotions, ideas and opinions.

 

READING

Getting children reading is a priority at our school. All our teachers are commited to reading for pleasure and this is promoted in their classes.

Children begin learning to read as soon as they arrive at our school. We follow a structured phonics and spelling programme which is designed to enable all children to develop effective reading and writing skills. Children from Reception to Year 4 take part in a phonics/spelling session for the first twenty minutes of each day, working at a level appropriate for them. In Years 5 and 6 children focus on spelling patterns and conventions building on these foundations. Children are taught strategies to help them learn spellings.

We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme throughout EYFS and KS1. Once the children start in our Reception class they begin a structured programme building on from the basics covered at playgroup.The children learn through a fun interactive approach using a variety of resources. As children move through KS1, they progress through the Letters and Sounds programme, learning how to read and write a range of words and phonemes. They are taught in carefully chosen groupings to ensure every child can reach their potential, and they are regularly assessed to ensure that they are in an appropriate group.

Once a child is secure with Phase 5 of Letters and Sounds, they move onto our spelling programme (typically in Year 2 or 3). We use the ‘No nonsense Spelling’ programme to build on the phonics skills the children have developed and to introduce them to new spelling patterns and features, such as prefixes and suffixes. 

By Upper Key Stage 2 the children have an excellent grounding in the phonic and spelling skills they need, and this is built on by the Year 5/6 teacher. At this stage, spelling patterns are revised, more complex words are introduced and there is a greater focus on grammatical structures in preparation for the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test which children sit in Year 6.

Extra support with phonics and spelling is provided for children as necessary. Teacher Assistants work with children one to one or in small groups to deliver intervention programmes (these currently include Dancing Bears, Apples and Pears and Bear Necessities).

Reading for pleasure is a very important aspect of our school's curriculum.The ability to read confidently is a key life skill and is linked to life chances. Therefore, we strive to ensure that all children meet age related expectations so that they are ready to meet the challenge of secondary school with confidence.

The essential characteristics of a successful reader are:

Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.
An excellent comprehension of texts.
The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.
Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.

The essential successful characteristics of a writer are:

The ability to write fluently and with interesting details on a number of topics throughout the curriculum.
A vivid imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing.
A highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details and description.
Well organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures.
Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat.
A love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values.
Confident writers are able to present their ideas to an audience and require a numerous of skills; spelling, handwriting, composition and imagination.
 

Speaking and listening form the basis of our ability to communicate. These skills need to be valued and nurtured. The children present their ideas and opinions in all areas of school life – having your opinion listened has a direct impact on a learner’s confidence.

The essential characteristics of successful communicators are:

An exceptional talent for listening attentively so as to understand what is being said.
A rich and varied vocabulary that gives clarity and interest to conversations.
Clear speech that can be easily understood by a range of audiences.
An excellent grasp of the rules used in English conversation, such as tenses and the grammatical structure of sentences.
A highly developed ability to tell stories that capture the interest and imagination of the audience.
A delight in initiating and joining conversations.
Respect for others when communicating, even when views differ.
To encourage, promote and practise good communication, we take part in initiatives such as the Mock Trials, Youth Speaks and drama productions. 

Mathematics

Mathematics is a creative and interconnected subject and has important applications in many different parts of our daily lives. This subject is also closely linked to science and design technology. An understanding of number, including the relationships between numbers, computation, problem solving and data handling is developed alongside work on shape, space, measures and time.  We teach mathematics through a range of concrete, pictorial and abstract methods that include fluency, reasoning and problem solving.

The essential characteristics of confident mathematicians are:

An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics.
A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics.
Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and number systems.
The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new and unusual.
The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges, showing a confidence of success.
The ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts.
The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.
Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques.
A wide range of mathematical vocabulary.
A commitment to and passion for the subject.


Science

Wherever possible, Science is taught through class topics, although some areas in Year 5 & 6 are taught discretely or as ‘science events’ such as science days. Our planning ensures that the children develop skills in observation, questioning, formulating hypotheses, measuring, comparing and interpreting, and aims to develop scientific and conceptual knowledge through biology, chemistry and physics.

The essential characteristics of successful scientists are:

The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.

Through our involvement with STEM projects, children learn about the application of science concepts in practical situations.
 

The Core Subjects

We teach from the National Curriculum (2014). Should you wish to find out more about the primary curriculum follow this link:  https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335133/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_220714.pdf .

The Core Subjects are:

English, Maths and Science

English is the key to a child’s education and we split the subject into speaking, listening, reading and writing. English allows children the ability to communicate their emotions, ideas and opinions.

 

READING

Getting children reading is a priority at our school. All our teachers are commited to reading for pleasure and this is promoted in their classes.

Children begin learning to read as soon as they arrive at our school. We follow a structured phonics and spelling programme which is designed to enable all children to develop effective reading and writing skills. Children from Reception to Year 4 take part in a phonics/spelling session for the first twenty minutes of each day, working at a level appropriate for them. In Years 5 and 6 children focus on spelling patterns and conventions building on these foundations. Children are taught strategies to help them learn spellings.

We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme throughout EYFS and KS1. Once the children start in our Reception class they begin a structured programme building on from the basics covered at playgroup.The children learn through a fun interactive approach using a variety of resources. As children move through KS1, they progress through the Letters and Sounds programme, learning how to read and write a range of words and phonemes. They are taught in carefully chosen groupings to ensure every child can reach their potential, and they are regularly assessed to ensure that they are in an appropriate group.

Once a child is secure with Phase 5 of Letters and Sounds, they move onto our spelling programme (typically in Year 2 or 3). We use the ‘No nonsense Spelling’ programme to build on the phonics skills the children have developed and to introduce them to new spelling patterns and features, such as prefixes and suffixes. 

By Upper Key Stage 2 the children have an excellent grounding in the phonic and spelling skills they need, and this is built on by the Year 5/6 teacher. At this stage, spelling patterns are revised, more complex words are introduced and there is a greater focus on grammatical structures in preparation for the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test which children sit in Year 6.

Extra support with phonics and spelling is provided for children as necessary. Teacher Assistants work with children one to one or in small groups to deliver intervention programmes (these currently include Dancing Bears, Apples and Pears and Bear Necessities).

Reading for pleasure is a very important aspect of our school's curriculum.The ability to read confidently is a key life skill and is linked to life chances. Therefore, we strive to ensure that all children meet age related expectations so that they are ready to meet the challenge of secondary school with confidence.

The essential characteristics of a successful reader are:

Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.
An excellent comprehension of texts.
The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.
Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.

The essential successful characteristics of a writer are:

The ability to write fluently and with interesting details on a number of topics throughout the curriculum.
A vivid imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing.
A highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details and description.
Well organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures.
Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat.
A love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values.
Confident writers are able to present their ideas to an audience and require a numerous of skills; spelling, handwriting, composition and imagination.
 

Speaking and listening form the basis of our ability to communicate. These skills need to be valued and nurtured. The children present their ideas and opinions in all areas of school life – having your opinion listened has a direct impact on a learner’s confidence.

The essential characteristics of successful communicators are:

An exceptional talent for listening attentively so as to understand what is being said.
A rich and varied vocabulary that gives clarity and interest to conversations.
Clear speech that can be easily understood by a range of audiences.
An excellent grasp of the rules used in English conversation, such as tenses and the grammatical structure of sentences.
A highly developed ability to tell stories that capture the interest and imagination of the audience.
A delight in initiating and joining conversations.
Respect for others when communicating, even when views differ.
To encourage, promote and practise good communication, we take part in initiatives such as the Mock Trials, Youth Speaks and drama productions. 

Mathematics

Mathematics is a creative and interconnected subject and has important applications in many different parts of our daily lives. This subject is also closely linked to science and design technology. An understanding of number, including the relationships between numbers, computation, problem solving and data handling is developed alongside work on shape, space, measures and time.  We teach mathematics through a range of concrete, pictorial and abstract methods that include fluency, reasoning and problem solving.

The essential characteristics of confident mathematicians are:

An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics.
A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics.
Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and number systems.
The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new and unusual.
The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges, showing a confidence of success.
The ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts.
The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.
Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques.
A wide range of mathematical vocabulary.
A commitment to and passion for the subject.


Science

Wherever possible, Science is taught through class topics, although some areas in Year 5 & 6 are taught discretely or as ‘science events’ such as science days. Our planning ensures that the children develop skills in observation, questioning, formulating hypotheses, measuring, comparing and interpreting, and aims to develop scientific and conceptual knowledge through biology, chemistry and physics.

The essential characteristics of successful scientists are:

The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.

Through our involvement with STEM projects, children learn about the application of science concepts in practical situations.
 

The Core Subjects

We teach from the National Curriculum (2014). Should you wish to find out more about the primary curriculum follow this link:  https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335133/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_220714.pdf .

The Core Subjects are:

English, Maths and Science

English is the key to a child’s education and we split the subject into speaking, listening, reading and writing. English allows children the ability to communicate their emotions, ideas and opinions.

 

READING

Getting children reading is a priority at our school. All our teachers are commited to reading for pleasure and this is promoted in their classes.

Children begin learning to read as soon as they arrive at our school. We follow a structured phonics and spelling programme which is designed to enable all children to develop effective reading and writing skills. Children from Reception to Year 4 take part in a phonics/spelling session for the first twenty minutes of each day, working at a level appropriate for them. In Years 5 and 6 children focus on spelling patterns and conventions building on these foundations. Children are taught strategies to help them learn spellings.

We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme throughout EYFS and KS1. Once the children start in our Reception class they begin a structured programme building on from the basics covered at playgroup.The children learn through a fun interactive approach using a variety of resources. As children move through KS1, they progress through the Letters and Sounds programme, learning how to read and write a range of words and phonemes. They are taught in carefully chosen groupings to ensure every child can reach their potential, and they are regularly assessed to ensure that they are in an appropriate group.

Once a child is secure with Phase 5 of Letters and Sounds, they move onto our spelling programme (typically in Year 2 or 3). We use the ‘No nonsense Spelling’ programme to build on the phonics skills the children have developed and to introduce them to new spelling patterns and features, such as prefixes and suffixes. 

By Upper Key Stage 2 the children have an excellent grounding in the phonic and spelling skills they need, and this is built on by the Year 5/6 teacher. At this stage, spelling patterns are revised, more complex words are introduced and there is a greater focus on grammatical structures in preparation for the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test which children sit in Year 6.

Extra support with phonics and spelling is provided for children as necessary. Teacher Assistants work with children one to one or in small groups to deliver intervention programmes (these currently include Dancing Bears, Apples and Pears and Bear Necessities).

Reading for pleasure is a very important aspect of our school's curriculum.The ability to read confidently is a key life skill and is linked to life chances. Therefore, we strive to ensure that all children meet age related expectations so that they are ready to meet the challenge of secondary school with confidence.

The essential characteristics of a successful reader are:

Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.
An excellent comprehension of texts.
The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.
Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.

The essential successful characteristics of a writer are:

The ability to write fluently and with interesting details on a number of topics throughout the curriculum.
A vivid imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing.
A highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details and description.
Well organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures.
Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat.
A love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values.
Confident writers are able to present their ideas to an audience and require a numerous of skills; spelling, handwriting, composition and imagination.
 

Speaking and listening form the basis of our ability to communicate. These skills need to be valued and nurtured. The children present their ideas and opinions in all areas of school life – having your opinion listened has a direct impact on a learner’s confidence.

The essential characteristics of successful communicators are:

An exceptional talent for listening attentively so as to understand what is being said.
A rich and varied vocabulary that gives clarity and interest to conversations.
Clear speech that can be easily understood by a range of audiences.
An excellent grasp of the rules used in English conversation, such as tenses and the grammatical structure of sentences.
A highly developed ability to tell stories that capture the interest and imagination of the audience.
A delight in initiating and joining conversations.
Respect for others when communicating, even when views differ.
To encourage, promote and practise good communication, we take part in initiatives such as the Mock Trials, Youth Speaks and drama productions. 

Mathematics

Mathematics is a creative and interconnected subject and has important applications in many different parts of our daily lives. This subject is also closely linked to science and design technology. An understanding of number, including the relationships between numbers, computation, problem solving and data handling is developed alongside work on shape, space, measures and time.  We teach mathematics through a range of concrete, pictorial and abstract methods that include fluency, reasoning and problem solving.

The essential characteristics of confident mathematicians are:

An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics.
A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics.
Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and number systems.
The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new and unusual.
The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges, showing a confidence of success.
The ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts.
The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.
Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques.
A wide range of mathematical vocabulary.
A commitment to and passion for the subject.


Science

Wherever possible, Science is taught through class topics, although some areas in Year 5 & 6 are taught discretely or as ‘science events’ such as science days. Our planning ensures that the children develop skills in observation, questioning, formulating hypotheses, measuring, comparing and interpreting, and aims to develop scientific and conceptual knowledge through biology, chemistry and physics.

The essential characteristics of successful scientists are:

The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.

Through our involvement with STEM projects, children learn about the application of science concepts in practical situations.