While there will be discrete English lessons each day, literacy skills, in particular speaking, listening and writing, will be used and developed in every curriculum area through the International Primary Curriculum. Taught English sessions will ensure that children are engaged in a variety of activities matched to their specific needs. Play, storytelling, talking about their own experiences and ideas, drama and improvisation provide a sound base at Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 places an emphasis on pupils exploring and expressing their own world. Teaching and learning styles will mix instruction, group collaboration, paired work, practical activity, performance, individual research and investigation with appropriate strategies to encourage effective learning through language, such as sharing learning objective and success criteria and opportunities to review and evaluate. Varied and regular writing tasks will also be a feature across the whole of our curriculum in every year group.
Phonics teaching will follow the ‘Read Write Inc publication’ (RWI). It is a consistent, rigorous and dynamic literacy programme to teach EVERY child to read by the age of six. Using synthetic phonics, children quickly learn to blend letter sounds together following a fun and effective programme.
The RWI programme has been proven to be a very successful method of teaching every child to read and write using phonics. Evidence of this can be found in the Ofsted Report: ‘Reading by six: how the best schools do it.’
All children in KS1 will be following the programme. They will have already been assessed, so will be put into groups and given the appropriate RWI reading and workbooks to follow. The programme can also be followed by older children to catch up. KS1 will be using RWI as their reading scheme.
In reading we will use a variety of approaches such as:
- shared reading
- reciprocal reading
- independent reading
- guided reading
These are strategies that enable children to construct meaning from a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts; a strong decoding and spelling foundation using a blend of phonics and visual techniques to suit the learning needs of the individual child. However it will be whole texts that will be used as the basis for learning in all areas of literacy. Teaching and learning approaches and styles are adopted using the practices associated with the “Power of Reading” project developed by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE).
In Key Stage 1, reading will be taught to groups appropriate to their stage of learning and understanding. High quality texts will be used throughout to enable children to become skilled and fluent readers.
In Key Stage 2, reading will be taught to the whole class from a whole text. Learning will be scaffolded and differentiated according to need and a range of different learning styles and approaches put in place to enable effective learning to take place for all. This learning will then be transferred to the literacy lesson and other areas of the curriculum as appropriate.
From Year 2 to 6, additional reading and literacy learning groups will ensure that children are able to catch up and keep up with their literacy skills in order to access the whole curriculum. These groups will be taught through Read, Write Inc. and Fresh Start approaches.
Writing will play an essential role in the curriculum as a whole. Writing opportunities will interest and engage children so that they will learn to become thoughtful, reflective and evaluative writers. They will write for a range of audiences and purposes and throughout the teaching and learning of writing, they will develop an understanding of how to write a broad range of text types (fiction, non-fiction and poetry). All of these writing skills will be based on children’s existing phonic knowledge and the way we use the CLPE materials from ‘The Power of Reading’ project.
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
Whilst grammar, punctuation and spelling will be taught throughout the literacy curriculum, these skills will also be taught in discrete, daily lessons to ensure that children become well-rounded and proficient writers.
We follow the National Curriculum for Mathematics and the ‘Primary Advantage Maths’ framework, with daily lessons for all pupils. We want our children to develop: mathematical habits of mind; value mathematics; master basic facts; be mentally agile; be creative problem solvers; tackle complex problems with confidence; read, write and discuss mathematics; apply mathematics in other subject areas and begin to understand and appreciate the role of mathematics in the world.
Understanding mathematics is an essential life skill and all our children need to become good mathematicians. This means that the curriculum and teaching need to address not only the mastery of basic skills and recording but also have a progressive focus on real life mathematics and the more advanced concepts.
ICT and the use of technology
ICT and the use of technology will be based upon the National Curriculum programmes of study. Children will have access to laptops and iPads throughout their working week, often incorporating this technology into their daily lessons. We will support the children to become confident, safe and appropriate users of ICT who are well prepared for a technology rich future.
We want to promote the benefits of physical activity and ensure that children are aware of the link between physical activity, healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. We will be sensitive to cultural issues that may influence children’s participation and that of their families.
We will base our formal lessons on the National Curriculum programmes of study and there will be regular timetabled activities such as rugby, hockey, football, netball, cricket, athletics, gymnastics, dance and swimming. Alongside these will be opportunities such as surfing and sailing which will build on our existing strong links with Ramsgate Yacht Club and Joss Bay Surf School.
We will provide ALL Key Stage 1 and 2 children with more than the expected two hours per week of physical education, with further opportunities through the co-curriculum and our extended curriculum by offering physical activity sessions before or after school. These will also be designed so that parents and other community members will be able to participate in or lead activities. These sessions will include dance, a wide range of exercise classes, games, walking, cycling, skipping and many more activities that can be continued outside of school.
Modern Foreign Languages
We will teach French from Reception to Year 6 as part of the formal curriculum. Having knowledge of a foreign language is widely recognised as part of being well-educated and a modern foreign language is a desirable, if not essential, requirement for entry into university, college and good employment.
We have chosen French as our modern foreign language based on the curriculum taught at our family of secondary schools, as well as our geographical location and the ease of visits to France. We will also have a range of activities to support learning French in our extended day and throughout the school year.