What does your child learn at school each day?
Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
Our curriculum is driven by the Learning Challenge Approach. This has a main focus question as an overview for the half term and then each week we have a different question to drive the learning that week. These are very open-ended and link to the main focus question. We encourage the children to think about the questions at the beginning and end of each week to see if they can answer them with the learning they have done. The topic activities are planned to ensure they link to each question. The Learning Challenge Approach ensures work is very interactive and hands-on. It also encourages independence with learning. The children in Key Stage 1 have activity star charts where they are encourage to place a star against their name upon completion of each activity. They can decide which activity to do and when.
Children will often say:
"I love filling up my star chart with the different coloured stars".
"I like to decide the activity I do first"
"I can decide who I want to work with"
At John T Rice Infant School, the letters and sounds phonic programme is used across the school to support the teaching of reading. Children learn to blend letters and groups of letters together to read words. Children are taught variety of actions that accompany each phoneme and this helps support the multi sensory approach to phonics we take.
All children in F1, F2, Year 1 and Year 2 access a daily, 20 minute discrete, systematic phonics lesson. These sessions follow the sound reading system methodology using the sequence of letters and sounds programme. The discrete sessions are a mixture of Year Group specific coverage and focused group sessions. Children are also taught the tricky words alongside the phonics.
Children who need additional phonics receive weekly interventions specifically tailored to their needs.
At John T Rice Infant School, we aim to foster a real love of books and want all children to have access to high quality reading material. We are lucky enough to have a wide range of reading schemes, such as Oxford reading tree and Collins Bog cat, which include fiction and non-fiction books for children to select. In order to support the children moving through the different reading stages, all the books are Book Banded in to colours and Free Readers. Children have a reading diary containing a bookmark of questions related to their current reading stage. We encourage parents to read with their child at home every night and record this in their reading diary. Rewards are given when they reach a certain number of nights.
Early reading skills are systematically taught both in daily whole class reading, small group reading sessions, individual reading and through other subjects within the curriculum. We believe at John T. Rice, that reading is the key to opening up the rest of the curriculum and we aim for all children who leave us to be competent early readers!
Switch on reading intervention is used throughout Key Stage 1 to give extra support to some children who need an extra helping hand with early reading skills. Support from home is key for this programme to be fully-successful and we liaise regularly with parents/ carers of children accessing this programme.