At Trottiscliffe, we use Letters and Sounds to teach our children phonics and ultimately how to read, write and spell. Alongside this we also use songs and actions from Jolly Phonics and additional resources from the Read Write Inc synthetic phonics schemes. This is a whole school approach which begins with the basic sounds and letter formations and moves to more complex sounds and spellings linked with reading and comprehension. Children in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 learn their phonics hand in hand with learning to read. Children with difficulties reading further up the school, access the programme in order to fill the gaps in their learning and enable them to make progress in line with their peers. This method of phonics teaching is both systematic and repetitive in order to embed the learning while also being entertaining and fun for all the children. During Phonics sessions, all children are grouped appropriately into smaller, working groups of pupils with similar phonic understanding.
In Years 1 and 2, children follow the Collins Big Cat reading scheme to ensure a systematic progression of reading skills is developed. Then if children require guidance on selecting suitable books in Key Stage Two, there are a selection of books colour banded by ability. All children are expected to read aloud to an adult for ten minutes each day in order to progress as a fluent confident reader.
We have adopted a text-led approach to our English teaching where all planning is set in the context of a high-quality text. Children become fully-immersed in these story which enables them to hook their learning onto this and build on from their different starting points to meet the demands of the new curriculum.
The new Maths Curriculum encourages the development of a ‘Mastery’ approach to maths teaching where all children first focus on developing fluency of a concept; then move on to be able to reason and explain their understanding; and finally are able to apply this knowledge to problem solving.
We encourage all our children to recognise when they have achieved each stage and are ready to move on to the next challenge or seek further support. In this way, they gain greater understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses and are able to reflect and make decisions on how they could improve further.
All children are expected to know all multiplication tables facts by the end of Year 4 up to 12 x 12. These are taught, practiced and tested in class each week.
Please find on the right hand side, links to each class’s Curriculum Overviews for this year and to the Curriculum Skills Progression for the whole school by subject.