Term 6 Week 6
Term 6 Week 6
Term 6 Week 6
Phonics in the Infants
At St Giles, phonics is taught as a discrete daily lesson (a minimum of 15 minutes) throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. We follow the structure of the six phases set out by Letters and Sounds from YR to Y2. The teaching is also supplemented by Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc. and Phonics Play. From Y1 to Y6 the children also interact with Spelling Shed to support word recognition and spelling. Parents are kept informed about the sounds the children are learning about through resources that are sent home on a weekly basis.
Expectations in YR, Y1 and Y2
Phase 2 is completed by Christmas
Phase 3 is completed by Easter
Phase 4 is completed by the end of the Summer term
• Phase 4 revisited (5 weeks) and completed before commencing Phase 5 (30 weeks)
• End of Year 1 – secure on Phase 5
Revisit much of Phase 5 (6 weeks) and commence phase 6 (30 weeks)
End of Year 2 – secure with Phase 6
In the Infants the books are organised following the Oxford Reading Tree band
system from YR to KS2. Within each coloured band are a diverse range of reading
books, including both fiction and non-fiction. Phonics Bug, Bug Club, Oxford Reading
Tree, Big Cat, Story World and Project X book schemes are all included in the colour
bands. Once children have reached sufficient fluency, they may move onto free reading books, choosing from within their colour band in the library. The reading schemes give children the opportunity to practise their developing reading skills with texts which have appropriate vocabulary and sentence structure related to assessment focuses.
In the Juniors, most children are on free reading books. these are colour banded according to difficulty and children may choose from a large range of genres across these bands. Both Class 3 and Class 4 have the 100 Books Challenge - an incentive to read a range of books from a range of genres and receive awards for completing 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 books across Years 3 & 4 and years 5 & 6. There is also a wide range of non-fiction books and graphic novels for children to choose from.
We have designed our cross- curricular topic- based curriculum using Cornerstones Education. It is taught over a two year cycle and is reviewed every 2 years.
Within each cycle topics may be taught in any order to meet the needs of the class.
Confidence in the basic foundations of mathematics opens doors to wider opportunities for children. At St Giles, we believe that, with enough time and practice, every child can be successful at mastering the mathematics programmes of study covered by the Primary National Curriculum. Maths lessons are taught daily and each topic is covered in a block of several weeks to allow the time to spend more time practising certain skills or to extend the children’s learning deeper.
Understanding is key in how we teach mathematics at St Giles. When children understand what they are doing and why, they remember it and they can make links with other areas of mathematics and the wider curriculum. At St Giles, we follow the White Rose schemes of work across the school, allowing children time to first explore a new topic using concrete materials, then by using pictorial representations like bar models, and only then moving on to abstract ways of writing calculations. Watch the video below for an example of how we might use bar models to teach fractions of amounts. You can see an overview of which topics are taught in each year group here.
You can help your child at home by practising their number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 in KS1 and their times tables up to 12 x 12 in KS2. If they know these fluently, without having to think about them, it makes the later skills much easier to grasp. St Giles subscribes to TT Rockstars, an online times tables game that the children love! Your child will be given a login by their class teacher for this in KS2. You can find more games to practise maths skills on the Topmarks website.
In our EYFS setting, children participate in investigations and scientific activities
that provoke their curiosity and interest in the world around them. They develop
skills such as observation, prediction, discussion and critical thinking that form
the basis of their scientific knowledge and understanding, ready to be built on in Key Stage 1.
In year groups 1-6, science is taught discretely but linked to the Cornerstones ILPs and KLPs where appropriate. Children learn key knowledge taken from the Programmes of Study in the Science National Curriculum through practical, hands-on lessons and conducting research. We use Cornerstones ‘Love to Investigate’ investigations which provide interesting and engaging practical opportunities for children to work scientifically, developing their knowledge and understanding of scientific methods, processes and skills whilst also deepening their knowledge of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. Children in Key Stage 1 are supported to plan, carry out and reflect on investigations, whilst Key Stage 2 children are encouraged to develop independence and carry out their own investigations by the end of the key stage.
At St Giles the study of religious and non-religious world views is a core component of a rounded academic education. This has long been recognised as essential in Britain. Indeed, one could argue that it is more important now than ever. Young people today are growing up in a world where there is increasing awareness of the diversity of religious and non-religious world views and they will need to live and work well with people with very different outlooks from their own.
There is an overarching principle aim to the religious education we teach. This is:
The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant
human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop
the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to
these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.
RE is taught over a 2-year cycle using the Derby and Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for RE. This is supplemented with units from the Understanding Christianity resource.Curriculum Overview
These units of work may be taught in any order to meet the needs of the class.
Click the image above to find our curriculum.