Every aspect of the children's work is influenced by the extent to which they use language with imagination and accuracy. Competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening is encouraged throughout the curriculum in order to enable the children to communicate appropriately and effectively. However, we teach English daily as a discrete subject in the ‘Literacy hour’ in Year 1 and Year 2 following the National Literacy Strategy Framework, with opportunities for Literacy in the Foundation Stage being incorporated within the child’s day according to principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Reading is taught using a multi-sensory approach following the phonics programme called ‘Letters and Sounds’, incorporating the actions from ‘Jolly Phonics,’ alongside our reading scheme ‘Oxford Reading Tree’. The programme is introduced in the Reception class and consolidated throughout Key Stage 1. Some pupils undertake a specific intervention programme called ‘Rapid Phonics’, if they experience difficulties with reading.
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Considerable importance is attached to the children achieving and understanding mathematical processes, concepts and skills. A favourable attitude is encouraged by presenting it in an interesting and enjoyable way, allowing the children to actively participate in the learning process, thus creating a sense of achievement and confidence. There is a strong emphasis on the development of mental arithmetic and giving opportunities for pupils to use and apply mathematics in real life situations.
Maths is taught through a daily Numeracy lesson which follows the principles of the Primary Numeracy Framework. In order to develop Mathematical skills some pupils may be set for this Numeracy session and are offered extension work as More Able (MA) mathematicians or assisted work for consolidation of skills. Class teachers also plan for opportunities to develop and apply key mathematical skills in other subjects throughout the year.
To enable a scientific approach to learning, developing useful knowledge, skills and attitudes about the world in which we live, science experience is presented to the children in a practical, relevant context. Systematic inquiry, analysis of problems, formation of ideas, their testing and modification are encouraged through whole class, group or individual investigations and project work, designed to arouse the children's natural curiosity.
Computers and other technological aids are used throughout the school. ICT skills are taught as a discrete subject and as a means of supporting other areas of the curriculum. The children are encouraged to communicate ideas and information in a variety of forms, where appropriate, using equipment and computer software to enhance their learning. The school is Internet linked
At Loxford Primary Phase, we view History not only as simple facts and dates but encourage pupils to become detectives who explore the past in an exciting way. History is taught mainly through a topic based approach and gives pupils a chance to explore a wide range of sources from which the past may come alive.
History allows our children to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical characters and expand their research skills. We teach children to be open minded and enquiring thinkers who understand cause and effect. We want them to understand how people have lived in the past and compare this to modern life. We encourage first hand experiences through handling real artefacts and wherever possible arranging field work visits to relevant sites of historical interest in the region or bringing in specialists for in-school workshops
In Geography pupils develop their knowledge of people and places to understand the physical, social and economic forces which shape those places and the lifestyles of the people who live there. We study local areas/issues and extend these studies into the wider world. The children learn to use maps to locate cities, countries, mountain ranges, rivers, seas and oceans. They use atlases, photos and the internet to explore the environment and economics of those countries which they study. They then use the skills they have developed in literacy, numeracy and ICT to report and record their findings
Design and Technology
Through Design and Technology, the children are encouraged to identify, examine and solve practical problems and to make existing situations better. The children are encouraged to be inventive, using a range of materials and tools, thus developing, modifying and evaluating their ideas through a series of projects
The children are encouraged to be spontaneously creative, using a variety of media and techniques in art and craftwork. An awareness of colour, shape, balance, focus and proportion are developed alongside the use of symbols to convey ideas and feelings. The study of a wide range of artists, craftspeople and designers complements this work.
The teaching of music is based upon the fact that it is a creative and social art to be enjoyed. Children have the opportunity to enjoy musical experiences through listening, singing, movement and dance and by playing tuned and un-tuned percussion. We employ a music specialist to teach music and give pupils the best opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in this area of the curriculum.
This year 2012-13, Year 2 pupils will have opportunities to learn the recorder and our pupils will be offered small group or 1 to 1 music tuition enabling them to learn an instrument.
Pupils in Year 1 and Year 2 have two hours of PE timetabled per week through which we develop the areas of activity as set out in the National Curriculum – Dance; Games; Gymnastics and Athletics. One of these sessions each week is delivered by a specialist PE teacher who gives the children the opportunity to participate in sports such as tag rugby; netball; basket ball; kwik cricket and short tennis, as well as athletics. The Foundation Stage children have three 30 minute sessions a week which are all delivered by our PE teacher.
The school believes that religious education should provide a contemporary study of religion, preparing children for later life. Due consideration within this framework will be given to all faiths. Respect, tolerance and understanding for the beliefs of others will be promoted as part of our programme. The school has adopted the L.A.'s Religious Education Policy.
Parents have the right to withdraw children from religious lessons and daily worship in assemblies but it must be understood that such activities make a contribution to cross-curricular objectives pursued during the course of the school week.
Personal, Social and Health Education
At Loxford Primary Phasewe aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage all our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. Our pupils are given opportunities in PSHE & SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) lessons and assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society.
We teach PSHE & C in a variety of ways: as a discrete subject, through SEAL lessons, via assemblies and through other subjects such as RE, History, Geography, Literacy, Maths and Science, as well as through outdoor educational visits, community work and activities.