Approach to Learning



Read, Write, Inc is used to teach phonics throughout EYFS and KS1.

Together, we ensure that children become passionate readers with a real understanding about why they need to learn sounds.

To support the children's skill development, we recommend regular practice.  As the saying goes, 'practice makes perfect!'  Links to Read, Write, Inc practice videos are posted onto Class Dojo class pages.

Please see the link on the right-hand side labelled Read, Write, Inc Phonics for some helpful videos.


Children are encouraged to become confident, enthusiastic, critical and independent readers.  They will have opportunities to read for information, interest and enjoyment.  We achieve this through:

  • Having a ’20 minute reading pledge’, where teachers and parents agree to read to their child for 10 minutes each day. 
  • Hosting  special events like ‘Book and Biscuit’
  • Uploading a daily bedtime story
  • Providing access to ‘Oxford Reading Buddy’ which is an ebook account
  • Providing ‘VIPERS' sessions in KS1.  This is a systematic way to teach reading strategies
  • Committing to listening to all children read at least once a week
  • Using ‘reading friends’ to teach children strategies to improve their reading skills
  • Providing a full, exciting library


Children are taught to be independent, enthusiastic and expressive writers, who are able to write in a meaningful way. We achieve this by:

  • Providing a hook for children based on firsthand, wow experiences that are linked to our themes
  • Providing opportunities to collaborate with others, using Talk for Writing
  • Using drama to help generate ideas and to inspire
  • Ensuring children have the opportunity to write at length
  • Scaffolding writing with FANTASTICs – 9 reasons for writing

Maths | DK Find Out!


Our mathematics curriculum is mostly taught separately as a stand-alone subject using a project-based approach. The focus is on understanding mathematical concepts and developing critical thinking and reasoning, whilst building a knowledge of basic number skills.  We achieve this by using Power Maths, which is a resource that helps us to:

  • Ensure maths teaching relates to everyday life
  • Encourage children to become self-regulatory learners; assessing their own and peers’ work against clear mathematical goals
  • Ensure lessons are well-structured and sequenced so that children are able to work towards mastery
  • Provide well-chosen and purposeful resources

Forest School

We like to give our children the chance to leave the classroom and go into the great outdoors.

Come rain or shine, children have hands-on experience of the natural environment.

In forest school, children learn through a range of activities which are child-directed.  The scope of the activities that can take place can be enormous.

It’s very physical so it encourages children to be active, developing; risk-taking, decision-making and self-sufficiency, which all boosts self-confidence and esteem.


                               SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural Education)

We are a values school and a No outsiders school.  Children are taught British Values by a family of value bears and become familiar with Protected Characteristics by sharing stories.  There are no outsiders in our school, everyone is welcome.

Please see the calendar below for more information.                             

                                                                Remote Learning 

Home Reading

As part of the children's ongoing home learning, children are encouraged to read at home five times a week over different days.  This reading can be recorded in their reading logs and will help children work towards collecting reading rewards.

Active Learning

Let's get active - as part of our daily active learning, we use BBC Supermovers to help the children with their learning.

These are great fun videos that the children can join in with, learning songs and dances whilst reinforcing the key skills and objectives for the lesson.  Below is the link to the Supermovers homepage, so that you can explore and try some at home. 

BBC Supermovers



We feel it is important that your child continues to reinforce what they have learnt during their Maths lessons in school regularly at home. Numbots is a subscription game that children can practise key mathematical skills through games and challenges. Each child in the school is given a log in user and password when joining the school and this allows children to access the games online. 

Numbots Log in

Other Maths Home Learning Ideas

. Below is a list of activities that your child would benefit from carrying out on a regular basis:

  • Reading and writing numbers to 100 in numbers and words
  • Counting in 1s, 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.
  • 2s, 5s, 10s times tables
  • Recalling pairs of numbers (number bonds) that add up to make 10 and 20
  • Recognising and naming a range of 2D and 3D shapes
  • Measuring items and reading scales using a range of measuring apparatus (rulers, kitchen scales, bathroom scales, tape measures, measuring jugs, etc)
  • Telling the time to o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to
  • Making amounts with coins.