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National Curriculum Core Subjects

English

As part of the daily literacy hour, children are taught all aspects of English including work on text, sentence and word structure as well as encouraging children to respond orally in lessons. Vocabulary, reading, knowledge of context, phonics, spelling and grammatical knowledge as well as appreciation of language are all aspects taught.

We place great emphasis on teaching reading skills and on helping children to discover for themselves a love of books, using a variety of reading schemes. There is a good selection of fiction and non-fiction books in the school library and we are continually building our collection. Pupils have regular group and guided reading sessions. 

Class 1 pupils (Reception and Year 1) are using Letters & Sounds as a basis for our phonics reading.
Speaking and listening and drama are regularly used across the whole curriculum to enhance learning of a particular subject area, as well as to provide an opportunity for pupils to develop performing skills and to build self-confidence.

Mathematics

As part of the daily numeracy hour children are taught all areas of mathematics. The numeracy hour allows staff to teach a structured lesson every day including oral work and mental calculation, the main teaching activity and a final summary or plenary. We also place an emphasis on children using these skills and knowledge in other curriculum subjects such as science and geography.

Science

This subject is introduced into the curriculum as early as the reception year when children are encouraged to enquire, discover, classify, explore, question, obtain evidence and generally investigate throughout their school life.