As children enter school we want to foster in them an active enjoyment of learning. The organisation of the mixed Reception and KS1 class reflects this approach as well as the three drivers of our whole school curriculum; children follow a range of child initiated and adult led activities and resources are available and accessible for them to use and select as appropriate.
There are clear expectations of the provision that children will receive;
- Children receive daily phonics teaching using the ‘ Little Wandle’ synthetic phonics programme as well as group reading sessions that provide opportunities to practice the phonemes learnt in class and widen their experience of books and reading. During child initiated time there is access to a range of books, “easy ears”, and a dedicated story telling area.
- Writing opportunities are wide and varied and children have the opportunity to see their teacher model the writing process. Children will also develop their writing skills alongside the teacher in guided sessions as well as during their own play; including time in the role play areas. Staff use Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing to develop writing across the genres.
- Numeracy skills are introduced and guided through teacher led sessions and fully supported by the careful planning of activities available to the children during free flow. These activities allow the children to apply and consolidate their understanding of their numeracy skills. Across the school we use PowerMaths and White Rose to embed the maths mastery approach.
- All other aspects of the EYFS and KS1 curriculum are delivered following the whole school thematic approach delivered through half termly topics.