The thematic approach to learning and the curriculum is a particular strength of our school. Learning is organised in termly themes across the year. Teachers develop creative cross-curricular links through each theme enabling the children to engage easily and to apply their skills across the 2014 National Curriculum. We give high priority to providing opportunities where children can learn through first-hand experience so learning is motivating and fun.
We focus on developing skills across the curriculum in order for our children to develop a progression in their skills in each subject as they move through our school.
Please find below, year group coverage jigsaws that detail the curriculum content for each subject in each year group. In addition, we have produced parent information guides for reading, writing and maths to make it clear which key skills we are developing in these core areas of learning.
At Sutton Benger School, children in Reception and Key Stage 1 follow the synthetic phonics approach, using the 'Letter and Sounds and Phonics Play' programmes. It is an approach to teaching phonics in which individual letters or letter sounds are blended to form groups of letters or sounds, and those groups are then blended to form complete words. Children in Reception also use 'Jolly Phonics' actions to go with the sounds.
Our daily phonics sessions in Reception and Key Stage One are fun, involving lots of speaking, listening and games. The emphasis is on children's active participation. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities and in their independent play. We place our children into ability groups during phonics sessions ensuring that all children are able to participate in sessions that are at a level appropriate to their developmental phase.
At Sutton Benger School, we feel that reading helps develop children's vocabulary, comprehension as well as their writing and spelling skills. Reading gives children access to the wider curriculum and the world around them and enriches their lives. It is our intention that all children leave the school as confident and competent readers and we use a combination of reading schemes. These include Oxford Reading Tree, Floppy's Phonics, Ginn and Rigby Star. Once children finish the reading scheme, we encourage them to become 'free readers' and chose their own books.
If you would like to find out more about our curriculum and the children's learning, please see the individual Class Pages as they give further information about termly topics in each year group, via the newsletters and home learning planners.
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