As a school we define ‘Inspirational Teaching and Learning’ as:
- Irresistible, challenging and promotes choice
- Empowers all to be the best they can be
- Collaborative, encourages curiosity and self-discovery, and transforms lives
Examples of what this looks like can be viewed here:
We have run a Parents Information evenings about Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Assessment. The presentations from these evenings can be viewed here:
Strong, open, positive home school partnerships are crucial to help children learn and develop. We see the benefit for our children with support parents provide through a range of Home Learning activities.
To read our Home Learning policy click on Home Learning Policy
In Year R and Year 1 a lot of reading practice is designed to help the children decode words. The main way we do this is through phonics (linking sounds to letters). However even in these years reading is not just about decoding and saying words, it is also about developing the children’s comprehension. The importance of developing the children’s understanding and ability to explain and justify their ideas and opinions becomes increasingly more important each year. Therefore we have developed a series of Reading Bookmarks (based on initial documents from Twinkl) to support families with a range of questions that could be asked, or discussions that can be enjoyed, related to the books your child is reading.
Library and reading
You can access our Junior Librarian page, to see which books your child has taken out, which books are most popular and to read and write reviews.
The link is Junior Librarian.
You can also find below books that are recommended for each year group by Hampshire’s School Library Service (SLS).
There are also other useful websites to find new books that your child might enjoy, such as:
We have developed the Green, Gold and Purple Writing Hands to help the children develop and master the basics of writing.
They have to show they can regularly demonstrate all the elements of the Green Hand independently whenever they write before progressing onto the Gold Hand. Then show the same consistent accuracy before moving onto the Purple Hand.
Every school year, all children will restart on the Green Hand, to ensure these basics are maintained, but the aim is by the end of Y3 they should have fully mastered all three Hands.
Linked to the National Curriculum are a number of grammar terms the children need to know, understand and be able to use in their writing. A list of these terms, with definitions and examples are available in the link below, courtesy of ‘The Punctuation Show’.
The list of key words that are practiced and learnt in each year group are available here: Cornerstone key words
A range of useful and exciting ways of exploring spelling rules / patterns and learning specific words are available here: Spelling Pick n Mix
Games for Thinking
Below is a selection of games from Robert Fisher’s book which can be played at home or school.
They are fun and challenging games which helps children practice and apply lots of their key knowledge and skills
The following presentations were shared at our Maths Information evenings for parents:
We have reviewed and developed the school’s Progressions for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with the staff. These can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
We have also created a Fluency Map for each year group. This shares the key knowledge and skills that the children need to be fluent in by the end of each year group.
The National Curriculum sets out the formal Calculation methods children are expected to master alongside other written methods. The expectation is that children will have mastered the following:
- By the end of Year 3 the addition and subtraction methods
- By the end of Year 4 the multiplication methods
- By the end of Year 5 the division methods
Maths Learn Its
These have been developed to support the children’s learning and understanding of key mathematical facts. They are used in school but are also shared with parents to support Home Learning. They can be viewed by clicking on the links below.
Oxford Owl: Learning at Home
Oxford Owl, created by Oxford University Press, provides advice for parents who want to support their children through primary school. The site features expert tips on helping your child develop key skills.
You can find a range of clips on their YouTube channel by following this link:
Hungry Little Minds website
This government website aims to provide parents of children aged 0-5 with a range of simple and fun activities. As they state on the website, “Many little things light up hungry little minds. Kids take everything in, and even the smallest things you do with them can make a big difference.” To visit the website click on the link below: