We have worked with a number of consultants over the years to ensure enjoyment, coverage and challenge. Our co-produced curriculum overviews are used as a starting point to create our curriculum maps. They are used by the teachers to ensure that children's knowledge progresses through the year groups cumulatively. We utilise a range of knowledge retention techniques such as Learning By Questions and KAHOOT quizzes to ensure that what is learnt is remembered.
We utilise different teaching styles as and when they are appropriate. Mastery teaching styles are utilised when it suits to teach the whole class but we also utilise an integrated teaching style for some lessons when it is deemed appropriate. We utilise Education Endowment Fund research especially around Metacognition and self regulated learning to inform and continuously enhance our approaches to teaching and learning.
We reward through the class DOJO which is a secure site for parents and teachers to share rewards, personalised learning, homework, positive messages or information crucial to the smooth running of the school. We use class dojo to share the winners of the values trophies each Friday with our school community.
Throughout KS1 the children receive discrete daily phonics sessions for 20 minutes every morning. The children are streamed into ability groups depending on their progression through the six phases. Phase 2 covers the single letters of the alphabet, Phase 3 begins to focus on some of the sounds that need two (digraph) or three (tri-graph) letters in them. Phase 4 focuses on reading consonant clusters within words e.g. spring. As well as polysyllabic words such as lunchbox. Through to Phase 5 which is where the children learn all the different and alternative combinations of letters and the sounds they make. Phase 6 focuses on spelling and different word endings. Children are generally fluent readers by the time they reach Phase 6.
Sound cards are sent home with the children containing all the sounds they have learnt so far. The children need to be confident with the sounds as this will enable them to become enthusiastic readers. Please practise these sounds every night with your child.
Year 1 children have to complete a Phonics Screening test in June, this test checks the children’s letters and sounds knowledge by a word list containing 40 words. Included in the test are a mixture of real and pseudo (fake) words that the children have to decode. The children have to sound out and read the majority of the words correctly to pass the test. Children who fail the test in Year 1 have to take the test again in Year 2.
Children who fail the test again in year 2 are given further support in year 3 and beyond through identifying specific needs in pupil progress meetings and then bridging the gap through 1:1 phonics counts, toe by toe or other interventions.