Our English lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary. Literacy is taught in a cross-curricular way, linking up with other areas of the curriculum. We teach our pupils to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions. Their vocabulary is developed systematically. Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely. We use the Read, Write Inc Scheme to introduce our phonics program. Phonic awareness helps the development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds. The children will be heard reading individually and in groups. Reading sessions implicitly teach through a range of high quality texts and genres and teach comprehension skills alongside decoding. Parents are given clear expectations, and support about reading at home.
We develop writing skills so that our Reception pupils have the stamina and ability to write simple statements and sentences. From here we support children in moving towards independent writing and provide a wide range of activities including use of film and imagery, modelled, shared and guided writing, peer editing and discussion. We use talk for writing to encourage pupils to express their ideas, exchange ideas and to develop more sophisticated vocabulary. We provide opportunities for writing for purpose and we encourage pupils to see themselves as authors. We promote the status of written work by providing opportunities for children’s writing to be published and read by real audiences. Handwriting sessions are incorporated into the English lessons.
National Curriculum English Programmes of Study: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmesof-study/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study
Our teachers will ensure that mathematical skills are taught every day. They also use every relevant subject to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency. Our pupils understand the importance of mathematics, are encouraged to be confident in numeracy and to apply the skills that they learn to simple problem solving. The activities cover a wide range of mathematical knowledge, many with an emphasis on practical work. In each lesson there is a short and simple mental maths session. We build on skills and understanding from Reception on in a step by step way and continue to develop place value, the four number operations and their application through reasoning and problem solving.
National Curriculum Mathematics Programmes of Study: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematicsprogrammes-of-study
ICT and Computing
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in Science lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding. Sometimes we do this through whole-class teaching, while at other times we engage the children in an enquiry-based research activity. We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions. They have the opportunity to use a variety of data, such as statistics, graphs, pictures, and photographs. They use ICT in science lessons where it enhances their learning. Wherever possible, we involve the pupils in ‘real’ scientific activities, for example, researching a local environmental problem or carrying out a practical experiment and analysing the results.
We are working with the Worcestershire Biological Record Department on a Wildlife in Suckley Project, using our superb Wildlife Zone which was funded by Tesco Bags for Life Scheme.