Please refer to the Knowledge Organisers in the side panel opposite to view curriculum content currently being taught in each Year group.
Link to National Curriculum
Phonics and Spelling
Our phonics journey begins in EYFS. Phonics is taught systematically and actively to ensure learning is memorable and engaging. Phonics sessions are taught on a daily basis and sessions are made up of learning sounds, using actions, playing games and reading words and putting them to print, following the SoundsWrite programme.
It aims to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. There are six phases which are taught from EYFS through to Year Two. Children are taught the different sounds that letters make as well as the different combinations. In addition to this, children progress through high frequency word lists that they need to learn to read and spell. Sessions also cover how to segment words into their separate sounds as well as how to blend sounds together to make words (which also supports spelling).
In June, all Year One children will be expected to undertake a statutory Phonics Screening. The aim is to check that a child is making the expected progress in phonics and using skills to decode unfamiliar words in their reading. The check comprises of a list of 40 words, both real and nonsense, which the child reads one-to-one with a teacher. For any children who do not pass the check, extra support will be given and they will then resit the test in Year 2. If they do not pass the test in Year 2 they will receive specific phonic interventions to meet their individual needs in Year 3.
At East Hunsbury, we use the No Nonsense Spelling approach (which is a Primary Teacher Awards 2015 winner). No Nonsense Spelling provides pathways, which enables teachers to deliver active lessons for the learning of spelling from Yr2 to Yr6. Not only do children gain knowledge, understanding and investigate key spelling patterns, they also activate prior knowledge by revisiting previous linked learning. This is delivered through a series of well-planned and resourced sessions during the course of the year where children will be introduced to new concepts then given the opportunity to practise, extend, explore and then explain and demonstrate their understanding.
At EHPS, we are passionate about providing an inspiring curriculum with rich texts as an integral part of the children’s learning. We are committed to developing a love for reading through regularly sharing class novels and giving pupils fluid access to a well-stocked library.
Our Reading Scheme books ensure that children travel on a reading journey from EYFS to Year 6, reading engaging texts at their level of reading ability and interest. We use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and Project X scheme. The texts ensure that pupils meet a range of genres and a variety of vocabulary across the titles leading to clear progression. This is all being logged onto the Junior Librarian system so we have a clear picture of what reading is like for the whole school. In addition, staff are able to track the progress of the children to ensure that they are fully engaging in a rich reading environment.
Pupils are also actively encouraged to read library books of their own choice, after all, reading is not only an absolute necessity for learning and life but also a pleasurable experience which transports readers in to places they have never been and allows them to meet people that they have never met!
Reading weaves throughout our entire curriculum, from explicit reading lesson (minimum of 4 lessons per week) to exploring a range of texts linked directly to the pupils’ subjects/ topics of study: some of these include history, geography and even maths or PE!
East Hunsbury Primary School uses the kinetic letters handwriting programme. It is underpinned by how pupils learn to handwrite from EYFS upwards. It begins by strengthening children’s core and building strength in their hands, in order to hold a pencil correctly. Pupils use a variety of materials and resources early on to establish good habits before moving to pencil/pen and paper. By the end of KS1 many children have well-formed handwriting and are joining.
Talk for Writing is the approach that we use for teaching writing in school.
It focuses on three very clear stages- imitation, innovation and independent/ invention.
Throughout a child’s time at EHPS, they will be taught a wide range of genres and use them across the curriculum.
Each unit taught begins with an independent write, or “cold write” as it is known within school. The purpose of the initial write is to allow the class teacher to clearly assess and identify areas that need to be taught to the whole class or which groups, or individuals, need to more support, clarification or challenge. Grammar, along with the technicalities of writing, is embedded within our English lessons but there are times where discrete grammar may be taught to address back-to-basics misconceptions.
The expectations of the new curriculum are high, with children not only able to read and write well but to also have a secure knowledge and understanding of formal grammar including technical vocabulary.
How to support your child at home:
EHPS invests in spelling shed. The Spelling Shed is a computer based programme that the children can use both in school and at home. It allows pupils to practise statutory spellings and set rules by playing a variety of different games and completing fun activities. Each pupil has their own individual log in, which they can use to play the games on iPads or laptops.
Practise your child’s spellings/ words that come home with them from class.
Spag.com is often used a tool for homework in the upper years of the school although can be accessed by pupils as young as Year 1.
Explore new vocabulary together and play word games.
Read, read and read! Pupils are encouraged to read any kind of text and genre from comics to poetry and novels, picture books to cookery books, magazines and newspapers to the back of shampoo bottles!
Here at East Hunsbury, our daily Maths sessions empower children to problem solve, reason and embrace a love for Maths. They have the opportunity to develop mathematical concepts, improve fluency in calculation and apply their mathematical knowledge to the wider curriculum.
From early years, the children at EHPS are fully immersed into the world of Maths through exposure to number and this is delivered in a creative and engaging way. This passion for Maths continues across the school continues where we design and deliver exciting lessons to promote that love for learning.
Our children are encouraged to explore Maths through the use of concrete apparatus to support their learning of new concepts. This then progresses into the children working pictorially, followed by children working on abstract representations. Maths is a subject that we want all children to love and be successful in. We are dedicated to ensure that children feel this approach in all year groups.
To assist your child with Maths at home, please see our calculation policies in the side panel of this webpage, which outline the process and mathematical vocabulary that the children will be experiencing within school. This can be very useful when supporting your child. Your class teacher is always available should you have any questions about ways in which to help your child learn Mathematics.
Science, Geography, History and RE
Please refer to the NPAT Long Term Maps and Knowledge Organisers in the side panel opposite for specific curriculum information with regard to these topics.