Literacy & Numeracy
At Redhill Primary School, our aim is to develop children’s ability to solve problems in a range of real life contexts by applying their knowledge of mathematical skills. We follow the expectations as identified in the New National Curriculum (from September 2014). Activities focus on the following skills:
• developing confidence in the ability to tackle number problems
• express ideas using mathematical vocabulary
• develop an enquiring mind
• develop mental strategies building on known facts e.g. number bonds and times tables
• learn how to use a range of formal written methods
• undertake practical and investigative work
We have a strong emphasis on the development of basic skills and all the children have targets related to their knowledge and use of their times tables.
Visual Maths is also a strategy which is taught (from Year 2 through to Year 6) in order to support the understanding of place value and calculation through visual methods and images. All children have targets in their books related to each of the pathways (+, -, ×, ÷) in order to ensure that they have a range of strategies to draw upon in calculations.
We have a trained Numbers Count teacher who supports the teaching and learning of Maths across the school through targeted interventions as appropriate.
English threads through all our learning at Redhill.
Speaking and Listening
This is an integral part of every lesson across the curriculum at Redhill. Children are taught the importance of excellent communication skills in order to communicate confidently and effectively with talk partners, in small groups and in front of larger audiences. They are encouraged to listen and respond to each other’s views and opinions and also to ask questions to extend their learning. Higher order and analytical questioning are promoted in order to improve and extend understanding and learning for all pupils.
During our daily English lessons, children are encouraged to develop and express their thoughts and ideas through drama, role play and discussion in a range of whole class, group and paired opportunities. At Redhill, writing is taught through a weekly SMART write session where there is a dedicated opportunity for children to develop a piece of purposeful and sustained writing which is linked directly to our cross-curricular topics. Each unit of work is directly linked to another curriculum area and the children will have opportunities to write a range of texts for different purposes. This allows children to make natural and meaningful links in other subject areas, using aspects of literacy confidently and with enjoyment. During our daily Literacy lessons learning is brought alive through a range of visual resources, quality texts, speaking and listening opportunities and group discussion. KS2 classes also have a discrete weekly grammar lesson in order to support their understanding of the complex grammar system before using their SMART write session as an opportunity to apply these skills.
It is our aim to instil a love of reading for all our children!
This is achieved through exposure to a wide variety of both fiction and non-fiction texts. Each week children have the opportunity to explore texts through Guided reading sessions as well as independently, using a range of Assessment Focii to develop and extend their reading skills. Children progress through the Book Bands in order to develop fluent, well phrased reading for meaning.
The Reading Recovery intervention is also well established in the school, which gives pupils who are struggling with their reading a daily lesson (delivered by a highly trained teacher) over a given period in order for them to catch up with their peers. Other reading interventions implemented across the school include Every Child a Reader, Better Reading Partnerships and the Inference Intervention.
Our KS2 children also get involved each year with ‘Read for My School’ which is a free national reading competition for children ages 7 - 13, delivered through schools in England by Pearson and Book Trust with support from the Department for Education. For the last two years we have received a prize for the amount of books that our children had read which is fantastic!
Phonics and Spelling
In Reception and Key Stage 1 children have daily phonics sessions which are planned in accordance with the Government’s Letters and Sounds document. We follow the ‘Jolly Phonics’ scheme of work in which children are taught sounds and a related action. We also have a dedicated ‘phonics’ teacher who works with Year 1 children ( funded through our Pupil Premium) in order to prepare them for the statutory phonics screening check.
If you wish to support your children at home, here are the links for some suggested suitable activities
To find out more information about the phonics screening check and learning to read through phonics please visit the link below:
In Key stage 2 spelling is taught in accordance with the Government’s ‘Support for Spelling’ document and children are taught a range of spelling patterns. There is also a greater emphasis on Grammar at this key stage as described in the writing section.