English

Overview

Vision

  • Our school values underpin our English Curriculum.
  • We teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions independently to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.
  • Our pupils become fluent and critical readers which enables them to access all areas of the curriculum and the world beyond school, thus widening their horizons.
  • Our pupils leave Mersham having developed a life-long love of reading and place value in written text, with an understanding of how reading for joy can positively impact their mental health and enable them to become effective citizens of the future.
  • All children will have access to high quality teaching and learning of phonics, with staff setting high expectations of achievement.
  • We know that in order for children to thrive at school they must first master phonics in order to access the curriculum.

How is English taught?

  • English skills are applied across the curriculum and high quality reading and writing takes place in all subjects and in all Key Stages
  • EYFS
    • Children are taught Letters and Sounds phonics daily. Teachers follow a consistent planning format and supplement the planning with games and activities, both digital and hands on.
    • Group guided reading sessions where they focus on developing their wider reading skills.
    • 1:1 targeted reading with TA to secure phonics
    • Enriching reading in the learning environment
    • Links with home learning through Tapestry
    • Writing is taught as a discreet skill and then applied in Child Initiated Learning across the curriculum
    • Access to phonic matched books – school and home reading
  • In year 1 Children are taught Letters and Sounds phonics daily. Teachers follow a consistent planning format and supplement the planning with games and activities, both digital and hands on.
  • In year 2 children transition towards applying phonics to spelling rules (phase 6 of letters and sounds)
  • Termly phonics assessments allow early identification of gaps and subsequent interventions are planned.
  • In years 1-6 Reading skills are taught daily in all classes in carefully planned, progressive guided reading sessions.
  • Reading for Joy sits at the centre of reading at Mersham and children have regular D.E.A.R (Drop Everything and Read) time with their teachers who model a love and passion for reading. In KS1 children may choose an age-appropriate (not necessarily phonically matched) book of their choice during this time – not only do we support phonically driven reading but also aspiration and reading for joy.
  • Children in years R – 2 have access to high quality phonic level matched books for guided reading and home reading. Our main schemes are: ‘Floppy’s Phonics’ – Early phonic acquisition; ‘ORT – Alien Adventures’. We supplement this scheme with books from Collins Big Cats, Rigby Stars and Dandelion books.
  • In Key Stage Two Each class has a selection of age appropriate high quality texts available to choose from once they move on from the reading scheme. Children may also access phonically matched books as appropriate. 
  • Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (including phonics) skills are taught daily and discreetly in all classes.
  • Targeted interventions, including the use of Precision Teaching, are used to focus on children who need additional support or who need to ‘keep up’.
  • Extended writing skills are taught through a mixture of topic based writing and high quality text based writing drawn from our spine of books.

Progression of Knowledge and Skills

Please click on the links below to access the Curriculum coverage and progression documents for English. 

English Curriculum Coverage and Progression of Knowledge & Skills

Reception

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four

Year Five

Year Six

Mathematics

Overview

Vision

  • Our Mathematics curriculum prepares all of our children, including our SEND and disadvantaged pupils, for life after primary school.
  • We teach pupils to make connections between areas of mathematics and, where possible, allow them to make connections to real-life contexts so that their learning has meaning and a purpose.
  • Mathematics is embedded in our curriculum and children experience and apply their knowledge and understanding in other inter-connected subject areas.
  • We aim for all children to develop mathematical fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics; promoting independent learners and thinkers.
  • All our pupils are given opportunities to reason and problem solve.
  • Within classes, children move through the curriculum at broadly the same pace. Children who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through sophisticated problems before moving onto new content. Opportunities for regular consolidation, pre-teaching or intervention is provided for those children who are not sufficiently fluent.  
  • Our pupils develop their resilience and perseverance through a challenging curriculum that promotes risk-taking and reflection.

How is Mathematics taught?

  • Mathematics is present daily in all classes.
  • In EYFS, maths is present in the learning environment and teacher and support staff facilitate learning and mathematical talk.
  • From EYFS, children are given regular opportunities to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • Teachers use White Rose planning to avoid cumulative disfluency and provide sufficient weighting to concepts.
  • Professional flexibility is applied based on specific cohorts when selection representation and models.
  • ‘Maths of the Day’ promotes active learning and fluency.
  • Maths starters used to revisit and encourage revision and varied representations of previously taught areas to ensure consolidation of key concepts.
  • From EYFS-KS2, teachers understand the importance of manipulatives to support teaching and understanding.
  • Children progress from ‘Concrete’, to ‘Pictorial’, to ‘Abstract’.
  • ‘Maths Mastery’ is being strategically introduced in class, through our involvement in the Maths Hub and this will become more evident in our teaching of maths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progression of Knowledge and Skills

Please click on the links below to access the Curriculum coverage and progression documents for Mathematics. 

Mathematics Curriculum Coverage and Progression of Knowledge & Skills

Reception

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four

Year Five

Year Six