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Phonics

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Song of Sounds
In Early Years Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 the children are taught to read using the Songs of Sounds Phonics Programme. This is a hands-on systematic synthetic phonics programme that meets the needs of all the children. The children are introduced to different phonemes (sounds) step by step. As they learn their sounds they also learn to blend them to read unfamiliar words. Once children are secure with their first set of initial sounds they move onto reading basic sentences (short passages) and books, which allow them to put this knowledge into practice.

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The Holbrook Curriculum

 

The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote children’s learning, personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the national curriculum but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’ or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave.

 

The main aim of our curriculum is to organise children’s learning to promote independence, excellence, perseverance, self-discipline, and a lifelong love of learning. We believe it is vital that the learning within the curriculum supports the development of self-confidence, inter-dependence, co-operation and high self-esteem.

 

We aim to help each child develop as a successful learner, confident individual and responsible citizen, develop their capabilities to the full, learning to respect others, express themselves with fluency and confidence, and understand the world in which they live. To maximise each child’s learning potential we provide appropriate motivation, challenge and support through the highest quality of teaching.

 

Foundation Stage

 

The curriculum that we teach in the reception classes meets the requirements set out in the revised national curriculum at Foundation Stage. Our curriculum planning focuses on the Early Years Development criteria and on developing children’s skills and experiences, as set out in this document. This can be found on the following website: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/596629/EYFS_STATUTORY_FRAMEWORK_2017.pdf

 

Our school fully supports the principle that young children learn through play and by engaging in well-planned structured activities. Teaching in the Foundation Stage builds on the experiences of the children in their pre-school learning. We do all we can to build positive partnerships with the pre-school providers in the area.

 

Key Stages One and Two

 

From Year 1 to Year 6 we follow the Programmes of Study for each subject area in the 2014 National Curriculum. The curriculum is taught through discrete subjects and linked topic areas where relevant.

 

Organisation and Planning

 

To ensure full coverage and planned progression we plan the curriculum carefully in Year groups, based on the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. These can be found on the gov.uk website:

 

www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-framework-for-key-stages-1-to-4

 

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/425601/PRIMARY_national_curriculum.pdf

 

Equal Opportunities

 

At Holbrook Primary School, we believe all children should have equal access to the curriculum regardless of background, ability, gender or race. We recognise the fact that in all classes, there are children of widely different abilities and therefore, in planning the curriculum it is important that we provide opportunities for learning that offer each child challenge, enjoyment and success.

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