Our Curriculum

English

Read Write Inc - Our Phonics Scheme

 

The government strongly recommend the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.

Here at the St Josephs Catholic Primary School, we are using the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning based upon letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who can read more challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

The children are assessed regularly and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a RWI trained teacher or teaching assistant. In addition to the RWI, children will also be working on writing skills in their classes with their own teacher.

The Read Write Inc Manager at the St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is Mrs Dawes. If you have any questions or need any guidance on the programme, please pop into the school office or give them a call and they will arrange an appointment for you.

 

Language and Literacy

 

 Children in Year 2 through to Year 6 follow the interesting and challenging Literacy and Language programme.

Developed by Ruth Miskin, Literacy and Language provides the perfect next steps for our children when they successfully complete the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme, which itself has been designed to ensure that the children in Reception and Year 1 have the very best beginning to their journeys towards becoming confident, creative and enthusiastic readers and writers.

Each Literacy and Language unit of work is comprised of a fiction and a non-fiction aspect, meaning the children have many exciting opportunities to practise and develop their reading, writing and spoken language for a range of meaningful purposes and audiences.

In accordance with the 2014 National Curriculum, the rigorous teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling is embedded within each unit of work to ensure that the children recognise the importance of striving for accuracy when they read, write and speak whilst retaining the creative flair that is required to engage their audiences.

The skills gained during Literacy lessons are further promoted throughout the school day with our talented teachers recognising every opportunity to enhance the children's reading, writing and spoken language in all subjects across the curriculum.

Mathematics

Maths - No Problem, is an approach to teaching maths developed in Singapore.

Maths No Problem

What is so great about Singapore Maths?

Problem solving is at the heart of mathematics. The focus is not on rote procedures, rote memorisation or tedious calculations but on relational understanding. Pupils are encouraged to solve problems working with their core competencies, such as visualisation, generalisation and decision making. In summary:

  •  Singapore consistently top the international benchmarking studies for maths teaching.
  •  It is a highly effective approach to teaching maths based on research and evidence.
  •  It builds students’ mathematical fluency without the need for rote learning.
  •  It introduces new concepts using Bruner’s Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach.
  •  Pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to reciting formulas they don't understand.
  •  Teaches mental strategies to solve problems such as drawing a bar model.

How are lessons taught?

Concepts merge from one chapter to the next. Chapters are then broken down into individual lessons.

Lessons typically are broken into three parts and can last one or more days. Pupils master topics before moving on.

The three parts to a lesson are:

1. Anchor Task – the entire class spends time on a question guided by the teacher. The children are encouraged during this time to think of as many ways as possible to solve the question as possible.

2. Guided Practice – practice new ideas in groups, pairs or individually guided by the teacher.

3. Independent Practice – practice on your own. Once children have mastered the concept they use their reasoning and problem solving skills to develop their depth of learning.

What impact will Singapore Maths have on our children?

 

  • Children will have a greater conceptual understanding of number and calculation. They will be able to visualise and generalise more readily due to a more in-depth understanding.
  • Struggling learners will be fully supported through accessing concrete equipment and use of visual models to support understanding
  • Confident learners will be challenged through exposure to unfamiliar problems, development of reasoning skills and by exploring multiple ways to manipulate numbers and solve problems.
  • All learners will access teaching of content which matches the expectations of the new curriculum in England and be supported further, if needed, in order to access this. The resources match the expectations for formal written methods set out by the Government, alongside greater understanding.

RE Curriculum

Our school follows the curriculum strategy – Learning and Growing as the People of God - provided by the Archdiocese of Birmingham for teaching RE in a Catholic primary school