Throughout our school, we use the principles of Talk for Writing to immerse children in the language, structure and features they will need to become good writers. They begin by learning rhymes, poems, stories and information texts off-by-heart in order to internalise the patterns of language. In this way the children hear the text, say it for themselves and enjoy it, before putting pen to paper to write their own. Alongside this, other essential skills are taught discretely. Spelling patterns and high frequency words are taught explicitly, as are correct use of grammar and punctuation.
At our school reading matters and is a strength of the school. Children begin to read using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics system, which enables them to make secure, rapid progress. Information about how to support your child with reading is given at the start of reception, via annual parent meetings and through individual support. If your child finds reading harder, they will be given extra support, in order for them to make good progress.
Our library is continually being updated and contains a large range of fiction and non-fiction books. We also focus on every child’s ability to understand what they are reading. Regular practise in comprehension, in discussing texts, learning texts and having stories read to the whole class are important components of our approach to reading. The ability to read well is at the core of school life and it is something that we believe we do well.
Our vision is to develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science and build on their enthusiasm, encouraging children to treat the living and non-living environment with respect and sensitivity.
Science in our school is about using and developing children’s ideas and ways of working to enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through practical investigations and hands-on experiences, as well as using and applying process skills.
We want the children to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena, using their growing knowledge to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, analyse causes and test theories, all linked to an appreciation of the specific applications of science in society.