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Our curriculum aims to provide breadth and balance with a strong focus on English, Maths and Science but not at the expense of other subjects. It consists of the National Curriculum, the locally agreed syllabus for RE and other curricular and extra-curricular provision.
We believe that the curriculum is a powerful tool to promote a love of learning and a willingness to explore. We use the National Curriculum as a starting point for a broad, balanced and relevant learning experience for our children. It provides an outline of core information and objectives around which teachers develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum. We are committed to developing the whole child and as such our children have the opportunity to be creative, to be physically active and to be academically extended.
We are continually reviewing and improving the curriculum we offer to our children to ensure they have a range of learning experiences that challenge, stimulate and promote thinking and learning.
We use the Letters and Sounds document to support our planning of phonics. Letters and Sounds which is a systematic, synthetic phonics programme published by the Department of Education. The children’s learning is enhanced using the 'Jolly Phonics' resources where the children learn the actions, pictorial prompt, letter formation and the correct pronunciation for each phoneme (the smallest unit of sound in speech).
There are six overlapping phases which the children work through, starting in reception. As children learn at different rates it is not uncommon for children within the same class to be working on a different phonic phase and the teaching is targeted accordingly. Letters and Sounds enables children to see the relationship between reading and spelling, meaning they learn to blend and segment words successfully.
Y1 Phonics Screening
The national phonics screening check was introduced in 2012 to all Y1 pupils. It is a short, statutory assessment to confirm whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It aims to identify the children who need extra help so that they can be given support by school to improve their reading skills.
At Alwyn Infant School we already identify children and provide early intervention support, however the assessment is a statutory requirement. The test comprises a list of 40 real and pseudo (nonsense) words, which a child will read one-to-one with the class teacher. Half the words cover phonic skills which are usually covered in Reception, and half the words are based on Year 1 phonics skills. Results are communicated to parents through the school report at the end of the academic year.
At Alwyn Infant School the children have access to a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree. The children have the opportunity to read in class and take home books from the following series’ within the core scheme:
Biff, Chip and Kipper Stories
Floppy’s Phonics Fiction and Non-fiction
Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters,
Traditional Tales, Songbirds and Fireflies.
Other schemes available from Key Stage 1 are Soundstart, Jolly Readers, Treetops All Stars and Project X.
The support our parents give with reading is greatly valued and we know they enjoy reading to their child as well as hearing their child make large gains in their reading progress.
We follow the White Rose Maths approach to learning. It is a mastery curriculum that builds a culture of deep understanding, competence and confidence.
The mantra is: EVERYONE CAN DO MATHS; EVERYONE CAN!
We aim to create independent, resilient and reflective mathematicians who enjoy it!
End of Key Stage Tests (end of Year 2)
At the end of year 2, the children sit statutory tests in the core areas of the curriculum; reading, grammar, spellings and maths. In 2016, the format for these tests (formerly SATs) changed along with the expected thresholds and mark scheme. To help parents understand the changes a document and short video has been released by the government. Follow this link for more information.