English

Reading at Key Stage 1

At Hagley Primary, we value the importance of early reading. We actively promote reading for pleasure and encourage parental engagement with this. Children take part in both guided and individual reading sessions and have regular story times to develop a love of reading. Children take home books matched to their phonic knowledge alongside a library book to share with adult support.

Phonics and Spelling

We follow the RWI phonic scheme to ensure a systematic approach to teaching phonics. Children are set according to their phonic knowledge and assessed regularly to ensure progress. In Year 1, phonics is taught through discrete daily lessons and in Year 2 the RWI spelling scheme is introduced. This allows for phonic knowledge to be reinforced and embedded whilst the focus is now shifted to spelling patterns. For children who need further support with their phonic knowledge, interventions are in place.

Writing

English units are planned around a high quality text that engages the children. This sits within a wider topic and allows for writing across the curriculum. Sequences of learning teach both reading and writing skills including speaking and listening, vocabulary and grammar. Please see the progression grids for a breakdown of skills taught in teach year group.

Please click here for information on our English curriculum in Key Stage 2.

For our parent presentation on Read Write Inc, please click here.

A useful sources of recommended reads for children of all ages to inspire a love of reading for life.  Look here for support in helping your children to choose appropriate books and also find information on exciting competitions and activities to further support reading at home.

Maths

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The following websites are also useful:

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Sumdog

 

Science 

Please click here for information on our science curriculum.

Please click here for progression in our science.

Computing

Computing at Hagley Primary School Computing at Hagley Primary school is taught in different ways. For example, for Computer Science we follow the “Switched on Computing” scheme, and we have put together a longterm plan that shows how the various modules are taught (please see link on website). Information Technology is taught through topic sessions with Digital Literacy being taught during “Get Connected Weeks” throughout the year. Digital Literacy is also covered throughout Computer Science lessons. A skills overview document ensures that there is clear progression between year groups and that specific skills are being taught.

Children at Hagley Primary school enjoy computing lessons. They find them challenging yet rewarding. Pupil Voice meetings show that children can talk about what they have been taught. They really enjoy using Seesaw (an online children’s blog) and they understand why they need to be taught computing and how computing fits in to the world of work. The Computing curriculum allows teachers to have the flexibility to link computing skills to topic lessons and therefore creating a more in-depth understanding of what children are learning. Cross-curricular links mean that children use a variety of skills in one lesson.

High expectations are set in all lessons. Children are being taught to try and fix their own problems before asking for help. This approach enables children to develop their computational thinking skills and learn more about how we use technology and equipment. Lessons are differentiated appropriately, and support is given to those children who find lessons more challenging. There are also open-ended tasks in lessons to stretch and challenge those pupils who have understood the concept.

The long-term plan for Computer Science considers the skills children have already been taught. Therefore, skills are being revisited. Teaching time is used effectively so that the information children are learning is embedded into long term memory. We have retrieval practise so that children are revisiting key skills they have been taught e.g. through quizzes at the beginning of a lesson. Teachers are also encouraged to make links to previous lessons and concepts and support children in justifying their responses with evidence from what they have previously learnt. Additionally, we allow children to work with the information they have been given through partner talk, debating or writing down their responses to the topic or question. Using these strategies enables children to access the information they have been given and store it in long term memory through regular and repetitive retrieval.

We have a specialised teacher for computer science in KS2. Staff training sessions are run throughout the year to support teachers with understanding the computing curriculum and support is given with planning. Children’s work is recorded through Seesaw journals and individual log ins for laptops. Additionally, we create a large scrap book in each year group to use as a memory aid to recap on last lessons learning.

 

Please click on the image above to view the computing National Curriculum.   Please click on the image above to view our Computer Science long term plan.