Developing Reading Comprehension at Home
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Foundation Stage Curriculum is based on seven key areas of learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding the World
Expressive arts and design
KEY STAGE 1 & KEY STAGE 2
Speaking and Listening:
At Aveton Gifford C of E (VC) Primary School speaking and listening skills are paramount for both effective learning and also to help children feel valued as individuals. From the first day in school, pupils are encouraged to share ideas, use description and expressive language and to develop confidence and clarity when speaking to a range of audiences.
The importance of reading cannot be over-emphasised. In order for children to access other areas of the curriculum need to be able to read. Pupils have opportunities to take part in guided and independent reading as well as joint reading sessions with their peers and ‘reading buddies’.
All children at Aveton Gifford Primary School have access to Accelerated Reader which supports, monitors and challenges their reading development. Pupils complete a 'Star test' which assigns them to a reading book colour (ZPD), the pupils then read and complete quizes which have questions relating to the book they read. Reading comprehension progress is therefore carefully monitored and feeds into planning appropriate reading sessions.
Phonics is taught daily from Year F. We use Letters & Sounds as a resource to support Phonics development. Please take a look at our Phonics Booklet, further down on this page, for information on how you can support your child at home.
Children are encouraged to read a wide variety of texts and genres, for enjoyment and information, developing skills to become critical and independent readers who value and respect books.
Your child's reading experience is much more than the reading book which comes home from school. Reading is happening all the time in a classroom and in the school. It is taught in specific reading and English lessons, but children are practising and using their 'reading' constantly across all subjects too.
Parents can support this 'reading journey' through regular reading at home. Reading to and with your child every evening for at least ten minutes can make a dramatic difference to a child's achievement within school. A report from the Oxford University Press highlighted the importance of parents reading with their children. 'Children who read outside of class are 13 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age'. Reading also supports your child’s spelling ability and enables them to be more creative with their writing.
Please find above a sheet to support reading and developing your child's comprehension skills at home.
Children are taught about grammar, punctuation, text structure and organisation and how to write with a fluent, joined handwriting style. We use the ‘Pen Pals for Writing’ scheme in KS1 so that when children enter KS2 they have already developed a legible and well-presented form of handwriting.
We emphasise to our children that the quality of their writing, in terms of presentation and content, is equally important in English lessons as in all other learning opportunities; history, geography, RE, science etc. Pupils are given regular writing targets and individual ‘pupil conferencing’ with an adult so that they have a clear idea of the ‘next steps’ required to further improve.
Writing is often linked to the Class topic in any given term. Children are not only taught about grammar, punctuation, text structure, spelling and organisation but also creativity and expression.
We believe that if we can engage the children they are far more likely to want to write about their learning. Therefore, whenever feasible, we ‘bring writing to life’, providing pupils with real-life experiences which they can then relate to in their writing.
At Aveton Gifford C of E (VC) Primary School we endeavour to provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable Mathematics curriculum for all children to ensure that they develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards the subject that will stay with them forever and inspire them to change the world.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
* become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
* reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
* can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
* Deeper learning rather than superficial learning
Enrichment and higher-level thinking
A Mastery Approach
- Extension through developing reasoning skills and tackling unfamiliar problems.
- Support through use of concrete equipment and visual models
We believe that by the time the children reach the end of Key Stage 1, they should:
• have a positive attitude towards and an awareness of the fascinating nature of Mathematics;
• have an ever-increasing understanding of Mathematics developed through pratical activity, exploration and discussion;
• be able to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond;
• have developed a range of mental and written calculation skills and be able to use these confidently in different settings;
• have developed their understanding of shape and space through practical activity which builds on their understanding of their immediate environment;
• use mathematical language to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems;
• use and build upon their prior experiences of Mathematics.
We believe that by the time the children reach the end of Key Stage 2, they should:
• be using the number system confidently, moving from counting reliably to calculating fluently with all four number operations
• try to tackle a problem with mental methods before using any other approach;
• be capable in exploring the features of shape and space, and use their measuring skills in a range of contexts
• be able to discuss and present their methods and reasoning using a wider range of mathematical language, diagrams and charts
• have an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately
• have developed an ability to use and apply Mathematics across the curriculum and in real life
We promote a focus on the four rules of number and incorporate mathematics in to other lessons whenever appropriate.
Our aim is to develop our pupils’ enjoyment and interest in Science. We encourage the children to effectively communicate scientific ideas using scientific vocabulary. We also encourage the children to develop their understanding of key scientific concepts and skills. To support this, Science is taught with an emphasis on the children engaging in practical enquiry.
The science curriculum covers four areas of study:
- Scientific Enquiry
- Life Processes and Living Things
- Materials and their Properties
- Physical Processes
R.E. is taught in accordance with the Devon Agreed Syllabus and reflects the fact that the religious traditions in the UK are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in this country.
R.E. at Aveton Gifford C of E (VC) Primary School is closely linked with PSHE. Our aim is to develop pupils` knowledge, understanding and awareness of Christianity and to promote spiritual, moral and cultural development to prepare our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. We link back to our core Christian Values in the school, chosen by the pupils, frequently. These values; Respect, Honesty, Kindness, Happiness, Trust and Teamwork underpin how we treat each other on a daily basis.
Physical Education is a means of developing children’s physical health, fitness and positive attitude towards their own well- being. Activities covered include: Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics, Outdoor Invasion Games and, for years 3 and 5, Swimming.
Aveton Gifford C of E (VC) Primary School offers a range of sporting activities after school. These include multi-skills, football, netball and swimming. The clubs help to promote leadership skills, team work and confidence as well as developing physical skills further.
We are part of the ‘School Sport’s Partnership’ which gives opportunity for pupils to regularly participate in Festivals and Tournaments, competing against other local schools as well as providing CPD for our teaching staff.
We are very fortunate to have a specialist P.E. teacher come into school twice weekly to teach P.E. lessons throughout the school. We also have very strong links with the local secondary school, Kingsbridge Community College and have benefited from members of their P.E. department coming to teach our children in their field of expertise.
Aveton Gifford C of E (VC) Primary School has been awarded Sport England’s ‘Activemark’ for its quality provision of Physical Education.
The school is well equipped with ICT equipment, and it is used by all ages of children.
ICT is a subject which lends itself to all other National Curriculum subject areas and we encourage our pupils to view computers as one of a range of tools which can be used to assist their learning.
We also deliver all other subjects (please see policies below) through a varied and creative cross-curricular approach, matched to children’s interests.
At Aveton Gifford Primary School we use 'social stories' to support children's social and emotional development. The children learn through interactive stories and games, using discussion and role play to understand each others feelings and emotions.