Skills and Knowledge Organisers
Our Year F skills and knowledge orgainsers will give your information about which skills we will be embedding, across the curriculum, for that point in the year.
As a school, we have achieved the Bronze Rights Respecting Schools Award and are now working towards the silver award. Each class creates their own charter outlining their rights and responsibilities. This means that we actively discuss the children's rights with them and how this relates to how we behave. See our behaviour policy for more information.
One area that we will be keeping you informed about this year is our Visible Learning journey. Our aim is to help develop pupil’s understanding of their own learning and of how to become more efficient learners. So, if your child comes home and tells you they have been in ‘The Learning Pit,’ don’t panic, it is all part of their learning.
As the year progresses, pupils will become familiar with the 'learning sails' which contribute to making a good learner.
- Resilience and Tenacity
Please take the opportunity to ask your child what these mean and when they have demonstrated them. But please remember that the children in Year F are in the early stages of this process so are just starting out on the journey.
We teach early reading through the validated systematic, synthetic phonics programme 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised' which we have just purchased and implemented.
Right from the start of Reception, children will have a daily phonics lesson which follows the progression for Little Wandle Letters and Sounds and this continues in Year One to ensure children become fluent readers.
In Reception, we build from 10-minute lessons, with additional daily oral blending games, to the full-length lesson as quickly as possible. Each Friday, we review the week’s teaching to help children become fluent readers. Children make a strong start in Reception: teaching begins in Week 2 of the Autumn term.
We follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised expectations of progress (see below). Four new phonemes and their corresponding graphemes are taught (GPCs) each week and they are then used in the final lesson of the week to review the week’s learning. Children will also learn tricky words during these sessions.
In the Autumn and Spring term, Reception learn phase 2 and phase 3 GPCs and then will spend the final term learning phase 4. Year 1 begin the Autumn term with 3 weeks of revision of phases 2, 3 and 4 before learning phase 5, which will be completed by the end of the year. Year 2 children will begin the year by revisiting phase 5 and other previously taught phases to ensure all children are completely confident with applying these GPCs in both their reading and also their writing. (please see the overview here for what this progression looks like).
Half termly assessments take place through Reception and Year 1 to help inform future teaching and help identify children who have gaps in their phonic knowledge and need additional practice. Daily assessment of learning also takes place within the classroom so staff can quickly identify any children who are in danger of falling behind and provide the appropriate daily ‘Keep Up’ intervention.
Children in Year F currently have their PE session on a Friday morning. Please can children have a name labelled PE kit and bag in school.
Wild Tribe outdoor learning sessions take place on Thursday afternoons for Year F. Can you please ensure your child has old clothes and wellington boots in school for these sessions. Please see the attached leaflet for information about Wild Tribe.