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Learning and teaching

Here we provide information on how we teach basic skills. We provide information  about our reading scheme, our approach to phonics and our approach to maths. We have also provided information about our curriculum.  

Year 1
Year 2

We use Jolly Phonics. Jolly Phonics is a fun and child-centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, together with songs and videos the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children.

Lessons are carefully planned to follow the National Curriculum objectives. Progress of children’s developing sense of number and calculation strategies is monitored using maths target walls. This ensures that pupils and teachers are aware of the next steps to secure mathematical proficiency. A problem solving approach enables children to recall and apply their developing maths skills.

Our approach to maths
How we teach phonics
Our Curriculum

Alongside the teaching of the basic skills, each year group covers 6 topics throughout the year so they can use and apply all their reading, writing and maths skills.

We have provided more detail about each of the topics below.

Lessons are never dull, but a lively mix of teacher-led, group and individual work aided by a range of interesting resources

Ofsted’s Outstanding judgement 2011

Pupils are full of curiosity and common sense - a credit to the school’s successful focus on developing inquiring minds and well-rounded individuals.

Ofsted’s Outstanding judgement 2011

Autumn Term 1 - All About Me

Autumn Term 2 - Colour

Spring Term 1 - How Things Work

Spring Term 2 - All Around Us

Summer Term 1 - Living Things

Summer Term 2 - Water

Autumn Term 1 - Families

Autumn Term 2 - Night and Day

Spring Term 1 - Machines

Spring Term 2 - Growth and Change

Summer Term 1 - Houses and Homes

Summer Term 2 - The Seaside

Autumn Term 1 - Ourselves and Our World

Autumn Term 2 - Materials and Electricity

Spring Term 1 - Fairy Tales

Spring Term 2 - Time

Summer Term 1 - Islands

Summer Term 2 - Habitats


Our assessment principles support effective teaching and learning.

Our Reading Scheme

These are some of the published  graded reading schemes used in school:

They can be found within each of the book bands

beginning readers

fluent readers

The teacher assesses the correct level for the child and then monitors their progress, encouraging lots of books to be read at each level before moving them on.

Our ‘Happy Readers’ scheme includes children taking books home regularly to share and practice their reading skills.

Key Stage 1