The school has adopted a teaching method called Read Write Inc. developed by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press to teach literacy. This is a programme based on synthetic phonics which teaches children how to sound out letters before blending them together to make words.
“Read Write Inc is a dynamic scheme which really excites the children in their learning. Lessons are full of fun, and children always learn best when they are having fun”
The learning starts in the Early Years department, where the children are taught the phonic sounds of the letters and how to form the letters correctly.
On entering Pre-Prep all children are assessed in literacy and are then placed in groups across the year groups from Reception to Year 2 according to their individual learning needs and irrespective of age. There are six groups of approximately 10 children, they all have their literacy lessons at the same time and they move through from revisiting the phonic sounds and formation to blending the sounds until they form words. We have found this method of teaching, and this structure of groups has been incredibly successful and children are learning much more quickly and with far less difficulty than with other teaching methods.
To support this phonics programme there are a lot of resources, including over 75 story books which as the child becomes more advanced also match that progress and start to incorporate story writing and comprehension activities, and the children even get to a stage where they can correct text and to précis.
Mathematical development is a core subject which is taught to the children in several different ways.
Firstly it is taught in a very practical way by linking it to topic areas studied in the Foundation Phase. So for example, if the topic being covered is “toys” and a toy shop is developed, maths will be taught through the discussion of money and sales and even profits made.
We also follow a programme called the “Abacus” maths scheme, which matches the Primary National Strategy. This scheme covers counting, partitioning, calculating, securing number facts, understanding shapes and processing, presenting and interpreting data and measures.
Children work through the maths programme with a series of work books which enable them to work at their own pace and for children who finish the course early they are moved on to more advanced work, which they would normally cover in Year 3 or Year 4.
We have great facilities to complement the teaching of maths including IT provision and interactive whiteboards in each classroom.
To keep the subject very dynamic in Pre-prep various maths based initiatives are held throughout the year. These include the visit of Mathemagicians and also a Maths Puzzle and Games day.
Homework forms an important link in the reinforcement of work carried out during the school day as well as assisting the children to develop the important habit of independent learning. The setting aside of a specific time and place for this homework study will help to foster a routine which is beneficial to the educational development of your child. Teachers are grateful for the parental support of the School’s homework expectations.
Homework generally takes the form of reading, reading related exercises, spellings, number work and project-linked activities. Parents will be advised as to how they can support their child’s learning at home. Children are given a Reading Record Book which is used to record reading, notes about homework tasks and any messages between home and school.
We aim to ensure that your child has a reasonable balance in order that he/she can access and enjoy the range of extra-curricular activities the school has to offer, whilst having time to complete the homework.