Literacy and Numeracy are taught in discreet lessons. For some aspects, such as phonic development through Read/Write Inc, we adopt an ability-group approach. The majority of children will cover most other aspects of Literacy and Numeracy with their class.
The process of reading at school begins in FS3 with children learning simple phonic sounds – starting with S, A, T, P, I and N. We make it fun, but we need to get the technicalities right! Children will progress through all sounds into year 1 and year 2 if needed.
We believe in engendering a love of reading, and place great value on adults coming into school to read with children.
Essentially we follow a ‘phonic’-based approach. Your child’s teacher will be happy to talk this through with you.
We have organised our reading books into coloured bands, and each child proceeds through these bands as appropriate. Whilst we do not have a single identified Reading scheme, we are currently reviewing our reading material.
Where children need extra support, this is often provided within the classroom via targeted Teaching Assistant work, but if further input is needed we arrange interventions.
However, we still firmly believe that children engage more fully when learning is imaginative and challenging. The Creative style of Learning and Teaching brings energy into the school, and beyond. Staff work together to design exciting and thought-provoking topics that encompass the National Curriculum requirements, and support our agreed school values. British values sit comfortably within this.
We aim to give children the broadest possible range of experiences and include ‘Wow days’, trips, visits and visitors whenever possible. We encourage pupils to undertake aspects of this work outside school.
We vary the area of focus of these topics so that some are based on the History curriculum, others on Geography etc, recognising that different children have differing areas of strength.
We carefully consider the skills that we want children to develop, for example, we want children to become 'Historians’, not just to know the facts of history.
Coverage is carefully monitored by subject leaders at staff meetings.
The school is located near the Wye Valley, in the Forest of Dean. The school feels that it is very important that we make the most of the environment around us and whenever possible we tie locality into our work.