The programmes of study for reading at key stages 1 and 2 consist of two dimensions: word reading, comprehension (both listening and reading). The school follows the new Framework for Literacy. All classes have a structured Literacy hour. Teachers develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.
Pupils are taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others; and select the appropriate register for effective communication.
Reading and Writing
Reading is one of the most important skills that your child will acquire. Your help in supporting your child’s development in this area is important. We teach initial reading using a synthetic phonics approach, whereby most of the word sounds (phonemes) are taught first, after which children blend them to create words. Children’s comprehension skills are initially developed through listening to and retelling/ re-enacting simple and traditional stories.
At St Edward’s, we use a range of resources. Our main Phonics scheme is OUP Floppy Phonics which includes word books mainly used in Nursery and Reception as well as blending and simple story and non-fiction books into Key Stage 1. When children are more independent, we use Cambridge Reading Adventures, Oxford Reading Tree and banded book resources.
In Key Stage 2, comprehension for meaning becomes more prominent. Children may still initially use scheme books, if their phonics attainment is still developing. Children choose books from the School Library and the classroom collections with guidance from an adult. This is monitored through each child’s reading journal, which is checked by an adult at least weekly. A carousel of group reading activities takes place, each morning, for half an hour. In Key Stage 2, children have formal comprehension lessons each week.
Monitoring your child’s reading is important, In Nursery and reception, reading to and sharing books and later hearing your child read. Later, when your child is more confident, particularly from Year 5, talking to your child about what they are reading may be more beneficial.
Children are given a writing task on a weekly basis to be discussed at home, children independently write their account in class.
Teachers use every relevant subject to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency. Confidence in numeracy and other mathematical skills is a precondition of success across the national curriculum. Teachers should develop pupils’ numeracy and mathematical reasoning in all subjects so that they understand and appreciate the importance of mathematics. Pupils should be taught to apply arithmetic fluently to problems, understand and use measures, make estimates and sense check their work. Pupils should apply their geometric and algebraic understanding, and relate their understanding of probability to the notions of risk and uncertainty. They should be taught to apply their mathematics to both routine and non-routine problems, including breaking down more complex problems into a series of simpler steps.
In Science we take a 'hands on' approach to learning. This encourages children to think for themselves and to test out their ideas. The scheme of work we follow is Collins Connect. Children are taught a wide range of scientific language.
All children are encouraged to use computers and laptops. They are taught to use a variety of programs from basic programming to coding and debugging. The scheme of work we follow is ‘Switched on Computing’
IPC is our new curriculum that covers Computing, History, Geography, Art and DT all in a fun an interesting way. We cover several units across a term which help us to learn knowledge, develop skills and improve our understanding.
In Music we encourage the children to develop an appreciation of all types of music by creating an awareness of rhythm and melody and by enjoying making music. Children are able to have instrument tuition in school from the Newham Music Academy.
Modern Foreign Language (MFL)
From September 2014, children in key stage 2 are newly entitled to lessons in MFL. We will build up MFL attainment between 2014/15 and 2018/19. Our Modern Foreign Language is French, but we also aim to deliver some of the desired learning with reference to children’s home languages.
We follow the ‘Come and See’ program and have termly newsletters to explain the topics been covered during that half term. In addition to this pupils have the opportunity to learn about two other world religions. Please refer to R.E curriculum map.
Children develop their skills in dance, gymnastics and games and also develop better body co-ordination and control. We aim to give each child enjoyment and satisfaction from physical activity and to foster good sporting attitudes. This is extended through a wide range of lunchtime and after school sporting provision for children including football, netball and cycling. The school also enters a wide range of sporting competitions in co-operation with neighbouring schools.