The National Curriculum
Reading and Phonics
At St. Patrick's Primary School phonics is used as the main approach for the teaching of early reading. We have a structured synthetic phonics programme in place based upon the Letters and Sounds document. All children up to Year 2 receive a daily phonics session as well as older children that still need this. We use the Phonics Bug resources to support our teaching of phonics.Teachers use termly assessments in order to group children according to their phonics needs across each Key Stage. Whilst children are taught to use phonics as their first approach to reading, they are also taught high frequency words which don't follow the phonics rules.
Click here for more information about the Letters and Sounds document.
All of our early reading books are colour banded. Children choose their own reading books from the band which is the right reading level for them. These books include books from different genres and from a range of different series, including Bug Club, Oxford Reading Tree and Ginn. We subscribe to Bug Club which gives all children the opportunity to access reading books interactively.
Children are also encouraged to read for pleasure. Each classroom has a range of books that children are able to choose from and they also have the opportunity to use the school library and take home books. Our teachers also regularly read to their classes to give the children an opportunity to hear and enjoy longer and more challenging texts.
Early Years Foundation Stage
In the foundation stage the curriculum is very much planned around the interests of the children. Through continuous observations and knowledge of the children, we tailor our curriculum to ensure the opportunities to play and learn are engaging and fun. Below you will find a link to our long term plans which describe the continuous provision in the Foundation Stage for both indoor and outdoor learning.
Our curriculum follows the new Come and See programme of study as recommended by the Diocese for teaching Religious Education in Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1 and 2. This was first published in July 2012. Termly letters give information about current teaching and learning in religious education.