Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) follow the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum in England. The curriculum for the Reception children is derived from the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. Our curriculum across school is taught through our bespoke Balshaw Lane Creative Curriculum. An overview of the curriculum connectors can be viewed by following the link below.
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PHONICS: Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) and KS1 follow the Read Write Inc scheme in order to teach phonics, with children completing a phonics screening check at the end of Year 1. Children who do not pass this check receive additional support in Year 2, re-taking the check at the end of KS1.
We teach daily phonics session across the infants with children being grouped according to their progress with phonics skills. In the juniors we continue with phonics if children still need further development and then build on this with spelling work. We use the Read Write Inc spelling programme.
Children may bring home spellings to learn to support their learning in class. These may include high frequency words which are key words which are used very often in writing.
READING: EYFS and KS1 mainly use the Oxford Reading Tree to support reading in school. We also use reading books from the Read Write Inc scheme which are phonetically based. These are supplemented with other teaching resources where appropriate. The children read regularly on a 1:1 basis with an adult and books are changed regularly.
In the juniors, we continue with reading scheme books but also use graded free reading books to widen the children's awareness of different styles of narrative. The children are taught reading skills through guided reading and through reading comprehension work.
Each classroom also has a selection of books for the children to read. These include picture books, story books and non-fiction.
Our library has a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books for all the children to borrow. We use the Lancashire library service to supplement our school library. We participate in the Fantastic Book Awards and celebrate World Book Day each year.
To support parents we have held Reading Workshops and sent home 'Book Talk' booklets which give suggested questions which parents can use at home to support their child's reading. If any parents require another copy, there are some available at the office.
"The 'Book Talk' booklet is really helpful, makes the reading experience more interesting for the child. It gives us parents a guide as to how to help the children retain the story and relate it to their own personal experience."
Parent comment in child's planner, January 2015.