At Warren Park there is strong ethos in promoting a love of reading for all our children. We aim to ensure that our children become analytical readers with the skills to comprehend and discuss fiction and non-fiction texts with confidence.
With the new National Curriculum split into three key areas: Reading for Pleasure, Vocabulary Development and Oral Comprehension, our reading approach allows children to develop their skills within each of these.
All children will be given the opportunity to read aloud, listen to texts read by a teacher or peers and develop their ability to discuss what they have heard in a constructive way. Children take part in daily guided reading sessions as well as other opportunities to read with adults around the school. All adults model high expectations of discussion, an enjoyment and pleasure in reading and a desire to learn and experiment with new and unfamiliar vocabulary.
Our colour coded reading rainbow allows children to select appropriate books to take home and share. Children select from a wide range of books from a variety of commercially produced reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree, Start Reading, Jelly and Bean and Collins Big Cat. Children are rewarded for their positive attitude to reading through certificates, team awards, and prizes of books.
Alongside this, our weekly book shop allows children and their families to purchase subsidised books so that they may build their own home library.
At Warren Park, developing children as positive and confident writers is embedded throughout the school.
The English curriculum has been planned carefully through our Progressions of Skills to show clear development from Year R to Year 6. We use high quality text drivers in all year groups to broaden children’s exposure to literature. Alongside these, we follow the key principles of Talk for Writing – using model texts to help our children develop a mastery of grammar alongside their broadening vocabulary.
Children have the opportunity to ‘imitate’ good writing styles; to try things on for size. They then move through a phase of ‘innovation’ whereby they still have a map to work from whilst building in their own ideas. Finally, the children become ‘independent’ writers: having the freedom to show their learning; to demonstrate the impact of the feedback they have been given; and, most importantly, to develop their own voice as young writers.
As the children journey up through KS2, the emphasis on independent writing becomes paramount. The children are encouraged to read works by a variety of authors and then to consider how these styles might impact on their own writing. They are encouraged to make conscious choices to enhance the effect of their writing and are given time to carry out the drafting process so that they may realise their full potential.
At Warren Park, we believe that developing a strong phonetic knowledge amongst all our children forms the solid foundations for reading, spelling, grammar and writing. Excellent phonic teaching and learning is crucial in allowing children to develop the skills they need for all areas of the English Curriculum. We have a consistent approach to the structure of daily phonics and spelling teaching.
We follow the Letters and Sounds programme of teaching, using phonics play and LCP to support our teaching; and to give children a broad and exciting range of activities to support their learning. All phonic lessons include a wide range of opportunities for children to develop their communication skills and to extend their vocabulary.
Teachers follow the ‘introduce, revisit, teach, practice and apply’ model, working towards all children being confident in in oral blending and segmenting, so that they are able to immediately apply their phonic knowledge in reading and writing.
When the children have completed Phase 6 of the phonics programme, we follow the No Nonsense programme for spelling throughout KS2. No Nonsense Spelling meets the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum and has a clear progression through blocks of teaching units across the year. It is our aim that all children, by the end of KS2, will be accurate spellers who have the ‘tools’ to address new vocabulary with confidence.
At Warren Park we believe that Maths is an important life skill. We develop children’s mathematical thinking through a range of approaches, including problem solving, where skills and knowledge are mastered within a range of contexts. Our comprehensive Progression of Skills provides a strong emphasis on acquiring essential core skills as well as deepening understanding of concepts.
Our Maths curriculum offers a broad range of experiences and approaches designed to provide pupils with the mathematical skills, understanding and knowledge they need in everyday situations, learning in other areas of the curriculum and investigations within Maths itself.
We encourage and develop a mastery level of skills to enable children to truly understand mental calculation concepts, develop and reinforce problem solving strategies, develop and maintain speed of recall and introduce, practice and understand a range of mathematical vocabulary. There is a clear focus on reasoning and children are given opportunities to describe, explain, represent and make connections.
It is essential for all our children to learn instant recall of mathematical facts to enable them to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematical thinking. Through varied and frequent practice and opportunities to discuss approaches, the children develop the ability to recall and apply mathematical knowledge rapidly and accurately.
Children are taught written calculations in line with expectation from the National Maths Curriculum. We have high expectations to ensure age-appropriate methods are taught and applied in context and teaching ensures that children are challenged and questioned to show their understanding.
If you would like to find out more about the curriculum our school is following, please click the link for the national curriculum