Read, Write, Inc
|What is Read Write Inc?||
Read Write Inc (RWI) is a consistent, rigorous and dynamic literacy programme to teach EVERY child to read by the age of six. Using synthetic phonics, children quickly learn to blend letter sounds together following a fun and effective programme.
|Why are we switching to RWI?||The RWI programme has been proven to be a very successful method of teaching every child to read and write using phonics. Evidence of this can be found in the Ofsted Report, Reading by six: how the best schools do it.|
|Who will be following the programme?||
All children in KS1 will be following the programme. They will have already been assessed so will be put into groups and given the appropriate RW1 reading and workbooks to follow. The programme can also be followed by older children to catch up. KS1 will be using RWI as their reading scheme.
|How often will my child read with a teacher?||
Children will read their RWI books every morning with a trained member of staff (Eg. the class teacher, teaching assistant, or other support staff). These books will be kept in school. Your child will still bring home a reading book and it is still important that you listen to your child read every day.
|Where can I find out more about RWI?||The official Read Write Inc website,www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/ provides all the information you need to support your child through the programme.http://www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/forparents/ has loads of information for parents.|
Literacy and language
Literacy and Language, publishing in May 2013, is a complete literacy programme rooted in the new national curriculum for Year 2 – 6 children. For more information please visit their website.
At Newington, maths is taught daily. We have high expectations for all our children and make lessons fun, interactive and relevant for all pupils.
In both KS1 and KS2 we use an approach to mathematics teaching based on Singapore Maths. According to international rankings for secondary, Singapore teaches maths better than most countries including the UK . This difference starts at an early age. There are many reasons but one key factor is its step-by-step approach that can be used at home or in the classroom. Young children are happy playing with blocks or drawing pictures. But they can find number symbols like 5 + 2 = 7 mystifying!
Our method begins by allowing children to start learning about maths by playing with real objects, blocks or cut-out pictures. We begin by focusing on developing key skills such as number recognition, ordering numbers and counting accurately. The children build on these skills using real objects to represent numbers, to begin to understand the basics of addition and subtraction.
Beyond the early years our children build on their learning using our Newington Mathematics curriculum. This is underpinned by highly visual and practical approaches to mathematics and is fully aligned to the expectations set out in the National Curriculum 2014. This approach has a strong base of evidence to show it really develops knowledge and understanding for all pupils including our most able.
Children must be exposed to different representations of mathematical concepts in order to embed understanding, as well as manipulating known number facts through missing number scenarios. There is a strong emphasis on maths talk and learning key mental basic skills, such as number bonds, multiplication facts and the inverses. The expectations of the National Curriculum have changed and whilst it is important to challenge all pupils, we must also ensure that children are making progress towards mastery level by having opportunities to reason about number and recognise patterns and relationships; which will only be the case if pupils are taught how to develop these skills. The effective maths approach is supported further by the use of ‘Maths No Problem’ textbooks, which are based on the Singapore approach. These textbooks have been endorsed by the NCETM; (National Centre for Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics) who are working in collaboration with the Maths Hubs. (The Maths Hubs are being funded by the Department for Education and their purpose is to develop the quality of maths teaching and support for teachers across the country.)
To support your understanding, we shall be running workshops about calculating methods for parents. Please wait for the forthcoming events for details and dates. Sometimes, the methods of calculating we teach are different from those parents and carers used when they were at school. You may therefore find it useful to look at our Calculation Policy. If you have any questions about the policy or mathematics in general, please do speak to your class teacher or make an appointment to see our maths subject leader via the main office. To see our full overview of maths topics for the year click here.
International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for 3-11 year olds, with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for international mindedness and for personal learning. The IPC has been designed to ensure rigorous learning but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. Learning with the IPC takes a global approach; helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. The IPC is used by schools in more than 92 countries around the world.
For more information visit their website.
La Jolie Ronde - Spanish
La Jolie Ronde is an exciting Spanish programme for 5-12 year olds. It uses a variety of activities and provides exciting and meaningful experiences that fully coincides with the National Curriculum 2014. La Jolie Ronde activities are transferable to all key stages, therefore offering all primary school children equal learning opportunities. The programme also helps children connect their learning of a new language to the country and the culture.
La Jolie Ronde program of study is planned to enable pupils to develop their Spanish through a broad range of practices including:
- listening activities
- speaking opportunities
- engaging in conversation
- practical games and activities
- exploring the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes
For further information, please visit their website.