Grange Infant School follows the National Curriculum for English to ensure a high-quality education that will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and to read and listen to others developing effective communication.
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
English is taught every day in Key Stage 1 and in the Early Years. Units of work are planned around exciting and engaging texts, with opportunities identified along the learning journey for written outcomes as well as skills development and application.
As well as daily phonics, the children in Key Stage 1 experience guided reading sessions every week, spelling sessions called ‘Word Explorers’ and discreet handwriting lessons.
Home reading is supported through diaries that identify reading milestones for which the children receive certificates and other incentives. The children’s progress along these milestones is tracked on our reading board with their individual photos being moved between each one. We also offer the opportunity for families to take part in additional reading projects such as ‘Families Reading Every Day’ and sponsored reads.
Links you may find useful:
Online reading books: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/library-page
Online reading books and other literacy activities and links: http://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/Primary/GlobalPages/BugClubReadingChallenge/BugClubReadingChallenge%20-%20Teachers.aspx
Advice for choosing books to engage and excite your child: http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children/
Listen to stories online with your child: http://www.storytimeonline.co.uk/
Read Write Inc parents pages: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/
In line with the National Curriculum, Mathematics teaching builds upon early play experiences and helps the children to make sense of the world around them. They are taught the skills of problem solving and reasoning through rich tasks which encourage children to apply their mathematical knowledge. The children’s understanding of numeracy is developed using a variety of counting resources such as number lines and bead strings. Oral and mental work feature strongly in each lesson, with children gaining a good understanding of numbers, the number system, shape, space and measures.
We are very excited to announce we have purchased a new interactive online maths resource for the children here at Grange Infant School. It is an online tool which supports your child as they become fluent mathematicians. Children will be to use this at school and at home.
It is not a replacement for quality teaching and explanations by parents or teachers but is an engaging enhancement to the curriculum which is motivating and stimulating. Unlike other free websites the program will “learn” what the children can do and tailor the activities to suit them.
The following sites are also great for home learning if your child wishes to take a look.