Reading and Writing
At Whitehall Infant School we use the Read Write Inc programme to teach phonics, reading and writing across the school.
Please click on the attached for a practical explanation of the Read Write Inc programme RWI Presentation for Parents
Children are systematically taught the 44 sounds and learn to:
- decode texts effortlessly so all their resources can be used to comprehend what they read
- spell effortlessly so that all their resources can be directed towards composing their writing
The children are assessed each half term and are grouped according to their reading ability. Read Write Inc lessons take place for an hour each day and involve practising letter-sounds, reading and spelling words using familiar sounds, and reading and writing about texts at their level.
We also like to encourage a love of books. All classes have a reading corner and non-fiction library and children choose a selection of books as their class favourites. Class teachers hear children read, and children are encouraged to read at home as often as possible.
For more information about the teaching of phonics, you can visit the Oxford Owl website http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/Question/Index/3
For further information on the Read, Write, Inc programme, you can log on to: http://www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/
In Year Two, children who have completed the Read Write Inc programme, move on to Read Write Inc 'Literacy and Language' and alongside the Read Write Inc 'Spelling' this ensures they learn all of the skills they need to master the Key Stage One curriculum.
Read Write Inc curriculum overview - Reception
Read Write Inc curriculum overview - Year One
Read Write Inc curriculum overview - Year Two
To enable all pupils to succeed in maths, we use the Teaching for Mastery Approach in our KS1 maths lessons, in line with the current National Curriculum. We are starting to also use this approach in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Some of the main features of teaching for mastery are:
- small steps, focusing on learning new concepts with smaller numbers
- topics are covered in greater depth before we move on
- a supportive environment where it’s ok to be ‘stuck’
- children are encouraged to give reasons for their answers and speak in full sentences.
- accurate use of mathematical language
- repetition (of each other and of the teacher)
- practical resources and images are important for all children – if a child really understands a mathematical concept they should be able to show it with resources and pictures or diagrams
You may also like to look at these Maths Websites to support your child’s learning
Maths Mastery Curriculum - Year 1 and Year 2 Overview
Early Years Foundation Stage
Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. There are seven areas of learning and children learn through both child-directed play experiences and adult-directed focus tasks. At the end of the EYFS, children are assessed against the 13 Early Learning Goals. Our Nursery and Reception Classrooms and outdoor areas are carefully organised into different 'zones' which children can spend time in, including: sand/water trays, role play areas, music areas, construction areas, creative areas, writing areas, computers, book corners and 'themed' areas linked to the topic or story that children are learning about.
To find out more about the EYFS curriculum, click here.
The following documents provide an overview for each of the other subjects in the National Curriculum for Year 1 and Year 2.
The school uses 'Jigsaw' PSHE programme in KS1. All classes have weekly PSHE lessons. Click here for Jigsaw Information for Parents.
PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) is also taught throughout other curriculum areas and below you will find a summary of the content; whilst lesson themes and times of the year may change, all aspects will be taught:
If you would like to find out more information about the curriculum in your child’s year group, please speak to your child’s class teacher at any time.
Please click for some suggested Maths Websites to support your child with their learning
Please click on the attached for our parent presentation all about e-Safety
KS1 National Curriculum Tests (SATS)
Please click on the link for information for parents of children in Year 2 End of KS1 SATS Presentation