Every year group learns through a series of topics, designed to build on subject knowledge and skills year on year. Most subjects are taught through these topics, with age-appropriate schemes of work for PSHE and PE. Maths and phonics are taught discreetly from the topic learning, using objectives from the National Curriculum and the Letters and Sounds guidance respectively.
READING AND PHONICS
Reading weaves throughout our school curriculum but is also enjoyed and taught explicitly through:
synthetic phonics teaching
class texts which adults read aloud
reading comprehension tasks
reading quizzes and challenges
Children are encouraged to explore a variety of genres, text types and those from other cultures. Every class has an inviting reading space, dedicated to promoting a love of reading. Our library is well stocked and all children have regular opportunities to visit, as well as our local town library.
St John's uses Read, Write, Inc. as its scheme, with accompanying books for children to read in school and take home, which match their current learning.
Our Early Years and Key Stage One staff lead workshops each year, to support parents in understanding phonics and how to support children's reading at home.
Once children are ready, they begin this scheme which combines reading development with reading fluency and reading comprehension. Children complete regular assessments which track progress in reading and ensure children are working securely within the correct reading band. Certificates can be earned for completing quizzes accurately and staff set challenges such as, who can read one million words! This scheme is accessible at home as well as at school and children can bring their own books in to set up on the system.