Curriculum

Parent Planners

Find out what we are learning in each year group this half term:

Long Term Curriculum Plans

English

Phonics

Read Write Inc

From October 2015, our children have been learning to read and write through the ‘Read, Write, Inc’ phonics programme which was devised by Ruth Miskin. Children from reception to year four take part in hourly sessions, four times per week, where they are taught in small groups, matched closely to their phonics knowledge and ability. The children are assessed each term in order to ensure that they are in the correct group and that the learning is appropriate to them. Children who have completed the phonics programme will be taught the ‘Literacy and Language’ programme.

During sessions, children rapidly learn letter sounds and groups of letters that represent more complex sounds through associating the sounds with pictures and mnemonics. Children learn to segment and blend words using the sounds they know and will also have frequent practise in reading high frequency words with irregular spellings. The children will read books that are closely matched to their increasing phonic knowledge - this is so that, early on, they gain confidence and experience success as readers. Children are encouraged to compose sentences aloud, daily, until they are confident to write independently.

After completing the programme, children will be able to decode letter sounds using their phonics knowledge, read common words on sight, understand what they read, read aloud with fluency and expression, spell quickly and easily by segmenting the sounds in words and write confidently.

Mathematics

Mathematics is essential to everyday life and we strive to deliver a curriculum that allows children to make connections with real situations, applying the key skills they have learned in a range of contexts and through problem solving. We encourage children to use this knowledge, their understanding and skills in other curriculum subjects.

A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

The schools planning is now in line with the new National Curriculum, except for Years 2 and 6 which is exempt in 2014-15. As advised, Year 2 are making appropriate links to the new curriculum. Nursery and Reception continue to follow the early years guidance.

Aims

The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems;
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language;
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

At our school maths is taught in year groups with each year group supported significantly by our high number of teaching assistants. This increases the amount of support each child receives and helps ensure that support meets the needs of each child.

To deliver the new curriculum, increase subject knowledge and implement a new calculation policy, the school has been supported by Bright Pi.

Bright Pi is... a company that 'are passionate about supporting all those involved with the teaching and learning of mathematics; raising standards and helping all to achieve their best'. Based in the midlands, we form a highly regarded team with wide ranging experience and up to date skills. Having taught across the primary age range, we have worked as local authority consultants as well as regional coordinators with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. We have worked in close partnership with Edge Hill University to deliver the national Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme and are accredited by NCETM as Professional Development Leads. (Bright Pi website).

Bright Pi will continue to support the school with staff development and implementation of the new curriculum.

This is an overview of what is taught each term in each year group:

The Fairfield Community Primary School is an accredited 'Every Child Counts' School. Every Child Counts (run by Edgehill University) helps schools to raise achievement in mathematics through:

  • A range of interventions to support children who struggle with mathematics;
  • Developing mathematics teaching to sustain high standards for all children.

We currently deliver Numbers Count 1, Success@arithemtic and First class@number. This will shortly include Numbers Count 2.