We teach Letters and Sounds to all children in our EYFS class and Year 1. We base our Letters and sounds around both the Ruth Miskin strategy and also the LCP framework. Occasionally one or two pupils in year 2 will join phonics sessions for consolidation and closing the gap activities.
Our school reading scheme has been developed over the last two years and consists of banded books from pink band to KS2 black band. The books have been selected from several schemes (ORT, PM, Big Cat, Rigby Star, Rapid reading) as well as non-scheme books. The pupils can choose a book at their band and books are changed when needed. The scheme consists of a variety of different reading books but are based around the PM reading scheme. Each child is assessed through PM benchmarking before progressing onto the next level.
Organisation of the Curriculum
All classes have five lessons of Maths and English each week, as well as reading lessons and GPS on a daily basis. The rest of the days are organised into topic areas which are taught through a skills approach, topics change termly or half termly. In EYFS the Topics change more regularly.
We employ a specialist music teacher who teaches Music lessons to children in Years 3 and 4. At the end of their learning it is hoped that some of these children will continue to pursue music through the rest of their education. The younger children enjoy music in their classes. All of the children have access to ICT and this is delivered through all the different subjects (using our range of laptops and iPads). The classroom teaching and learning is further enhanced by interactive screens which are used by the teachers and the pupils. In addition, we ensure all of the children have a rich and broad curriculum, which is centred on developing and acquiring new skills through a variety of subjects, such as; Science, Geography, History, Design and Technology, Art, PE, RE and PSHE.