Learning and Teaching
Trafalgar Infant School offers a rich, varied and exciting curriculum covering academic, creative, personal, social and health education. A balance of adult led and child initiated activities is at the core of our approach to learning and teaching.
Here we provide information on how we teach basic skills. We provide information about our Reading and phonics and our approach to maths. We have also provided information about our curriculum. If you have any questions or would like further information about our curriculum please contact the school office.
Reading at Trafalgar Infant School
At Trafalgar Infant School we encourage children to develop skills and to use the full range of strategies to become successful, fluent readers whilst developing a lifelong love of reading.
As a school we are determined that all children will learn to read, regardless of their background, need or ability and make sufficient progress to meet or exceed age related expectations in preparation for the next stage of their education.
Our children take home a phonetically decodable text each week that has been carefully matched to their specific phonics level and follows our systematic synthetic phonics scheme - Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. The aim of this book is provide the opportunity for our children to practice blending and segmenting the sounds that they know.
Every day the children also take home a book of their choice selected from a range of books that match their needs as well as providing an opportunity to broaden their vocabulary and practice their phonic sounds. Books shared via Bug Club and Phonics Bug are also sharing books.
In addition to these books our children choose a library book to take home each week and also have a class library and book corner full of books for them to read as a means to encourage their love of reading.
Supporting your child at home
Our E-school has lots of resources and links to help support your child's reading development.
In addition to this we also run regular parent workshops.
Our Approach to Maths
Lessons are carefully planned to follow the National Curriculum objectives and guidance contained in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. 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 Assessment Principles (which can be found under Learning & Teaching section on our policies page) support effective learning & teaching.
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.
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