ENGLISH: The development of listening, talking, reading and writing as a means of expression and communication. Every child is encouraged to bring books home to 'share' with you. We use wide range of reading material including some from graded reading schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree, Pearson's Bug Club and Rigby Star, and many 'real books' too. (Please see our Reading Booklet for further guidance). Please read the books your child chooses to and with them as appropriate, encouraging them to read what they can and enjoying bedtime stories with the more complicated texts.
Choose a quiet time when you can be sure there will be no interruptions-and certainly away from the T.V.! You can also help by joining the children's library, buying books as presents and letting your child see that you enjoy reading. Your help makes all the difference in encouraging your child to achieve success at reading. In reception your child will get a Home Reading Log to help track your child's achievements and reading materials. In Year 1 and Year 2 your child will take part in our Reading Trail and all children are able to earn special reading awards too!
The children continue to work on the 'Letters and Sounds' programme to support reading, spelling and writing skills. We use Phonicsplay and Letters and Sounds as our key schemes for the whole school as they are firmly based in systematic synthetic phonics to support reading and writing. In fact, many of the speaking and listening activities recommended in foundation stage continue to be of huge benefit to your child, especially having a bedtime story, and learning favourite rhymes and stories off by heart. We also use Support For Spelling in Year 2. We continue this approach in school and the children learn set of actions to help them memorise well loved stories which in turn greatly improves their writing of stories.
Handwriting is also a vital skill. There are also leaflets available for parents specifically about handwriting and the scheme we use if you would like to support your child further. It is important to write the letters the correct way as it makes the transition to ‘joined up’ writing much easier. The child’s name should be written starting with a capital letter followed by lower case letters, e.g. Sarah, Robert and not SARAH, ROBERT.
There are lots of useful activities to support literacy to be found on a link to the Oxford Owl website which can be found on our Children's Page. This also contains very helpful information for parents about phonics, spelling and reading. We also offer a workshop in the autumn term for interested parents.
MATHEMATICS: The ability to understand numbers and their relationships and use this knowledge to solve problems. The measurement of length, capacity, weight, area and time and recognition of shapes and their properties will be part of all children’s lives beyond their years in school. We believe that children learn best when they understand what they are doing. For that reason numeracy skills are taught using themselves, their environment and their experiences. Parents often ask how they can help their child in acquiring numeracy skills, so here are a few simple ideas
SCIENCE: An inquiring mind and a scientific approach to solving problems are nurtured by questioning events, observing, devising simple experiments and fair tests. Children begin to interpret findings critically.
COMPUTING: Children learn how to use computers, t, etc. from an early age and how to incorporate these tools into their own learning. The school is very well-equipped with a bank of computer workstations in each classroom and a separate computer suite for timetabled access by all pupils and staff
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY: Children are encouraged to handle and model a variety of natural and manmade materials and learn to address design and construction problems.
HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY: The children begin to understand the world they live in through local study based on first hand experiences where possible. They also learn how to use other sources of evidence and information.
ART: Children learn to express their feelings and ideas and to respond to their visual environment through the use of a wide range of materials. They begin to appreciate the work of other artists and to experiment with a wide range of techniques.
MUSIC: Children are taught to listen to and to respond to music. They play percussion instruments and make music for themselves. Children often perform to a school audience or to parents.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Movement is a valuable medium for learning and expression. The school provides a balanced programme of games skills, gymnastics, movement / dance and swimming throughout the year. Country dancing is a feature of the annual School Fete. The school is able to hire the swimming pool on site during the summer and liaises with the adjoining Junior School to negotiate some access to the playing field when this is not in use by Junior pupils. This provides a wider expanse on which to introduce and practice skills which will support team sports later on, such as throwing and catching, general ball control skills, jogging, running skills etc. Children are also taught about their bodies and the basic principles of leading a healthy life and visitors often contribute to this learning programme.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: The school integrates the teaching of Religious Education as far as possible into the daily classroom environment where themes and content from the Essex agreed syllabus harmonise with life experiences. Religious Education is of a broadly Christian nature with appreciation and understanding of other faiths included. Children are taught to respect the feelings and beliefs of others at all times. The school gathers together daily for Collective Worship where a planned programme of themed assemblies invites children to reflect upon and to consider a wide range of subjects. Visitors are frequently welcomed to these assemblies to talk to the children. N.B. Whilst we try to ensure that Religious Education and Collective Worship are appropriate for all children, we appreciate that some parents may wish to withdraw their children from these times. In such cases, parents should consult the Headteacher and alternative arrangements will be made.
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