We use large sketch books to present our learning.
Each 'topic' centres around a question which pupils discover the answer to through studying a broad range of curriculum subjects.
Teachers can capture what the pupils know and understand by recording their quotes in the 'Big Book'.
Pupils love to show their learning through pictures and teachers love to show learning through photographs!
Pride in Work
Pupils are proud of the work in the big books and enjoy looking back at their learning. This also helps them to remember key facts and skills.
Progression of Knowledge and Skills in the Curriculum
We use the Bridge Trust progression ladders for each of the foundation subjects. These support our curriculum planning to ensure that there is clear progression of knowledge, skills and vocabulary in each year group. We assess these subjects using a similar assessment grid.
Click on each of the files below to see the progression of knowledge and skills in each subject.
We teach phonics through the Read, Write, Inc. programme. This ensures that there is a rigorous, consistent approach and pupils become familiar with the structure of lessons as they progress through Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. We regularly assess pupils' progress and group them according to their ability to maximise rapid progress with learning to read.
Once pupils have completed the Read, Write, Inc. programme they progress onto a graded coloured reading scheme until they are ready to become a 'free reader'. We have a well stocked library and pupils are encouraged to engender a love of reading by taking books home. We are introducing the Karate Reading Scheme in order to increase parental participation with home reading. We used VIPERS (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Recall and Summarise.) in order to check pupil's understanding of what they read. We are also developing 'Reciprocal Reading' to support reading comprehension- we are using puppets to support this strategy so that it is accessible to all ages and abilities.
We teach children how to write a range of texts and genres. In some instances we use a range of high quality texts which pupils 'learn'. They then change aspects of this text in order to create their own high quality example. Pupils use visual 'story maps' to help them to recall the texts. For some genres we 'unpick' the features in order to support pupils to create their own version. We track pupils' progress in writing by assessing each 'end of unit' piece of work to build a picture of what pupils can do. This also helps to identify pupils' next steps in learning.
We use the 'Penpals' handwriting scheme to provide a structured programme to develop handwriting in the school.
We use the 'Whiterose' materials to provide a basis of our mathematics teaching. These resources support the mastery approach to teaching. If teachers discover that pupils need extra reinforcement then they supplement the Whiterose planning with other materials. We use visual and practical materials to support mathematical understanding. Also, if pupils have a good understanding of concepts they spend more time deepening their understanding through 'applying' their knowledge in a range of contexts.
We participate in NCETM (National centre for excellence in teaching mathematics) programmes to further strengthen our practice.
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Year 5 and Year 6 are currently based at Gunnislake Primary Academy. Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 are based at Delaware.
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