English and Mathematics form the core subjects for the British national curriculum.
We use the British National Curriculum as a guide to genres and to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the key features of a text. We also encourage children to be confident talkers and to have a sense of excitement about becoming writers. Teachers model reading and writing to ensure that children are motivated and inspired.
To address phonics, 'Letters and Sounds' give us a structure and ensures progression across the school. Alongside this, letter formation and handwriting are brought to life using methods such as “Squiggle While you Wiggle”, whilst techniques such as “Big Writing” (Ros Wilson) ensure that we give children the ingredients to success, using vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation. Learning is further reinforced and enhanced through book projects, which provide a context and can spark the imagination and enhance interest in the subject matter whilst triggering drama, role-play and a variety of cross-curricular links. Grammar and spelling are also taught in context.
Our key investment is in Oracy Skills. This is extremely important to us. We want all our children to be debators and listeners. To express themselves and have interesting conversations. Tell stories of experiences, adventures and hope, using humour and expression. We want all our children to be rich in vocabulary so that they can solve problems through discussions. Every month we have an Oracy theme from Jabber January and Fluent February, to Memorise March, Articulate April and Natter November. We teach and encourage our students to use their voice in a plethora of ways!
Children follow the British mathematics framework. Maths is made magic by hooking children’s interest and giving them intriguing challenges. We carefully track that the basic concepts of numbers and counting are understood and children are exposed to key vocabulary and problem solving. They use data handling and shape, space and measure in a real-life context. Children will be able to use ICT as well as a range of practical equipment to solve challenges independently and individually.
We utilise White Rose Maths to structure our planning, which ensures lessons are progressive for all children. It deepens children's understanding and improves their confidence and competence so that learning is secure. We embed materials such as Flashback 4, knowing how important it is for our students to be given the time to practice retrieval of prior learnt information to consolidate learning.