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Federation of Greenways Schools

Maths & English

English

Our approach to the teaching and learning of English skills is to provide opportunities for pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives which will enable them to become informed and active citizens.

Across the federation, the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are practised in order to develop a wider knowledge and understanding.

Although children enter the school with a varied range of early literacy skills, the school takes measures to ensure each child develops according to his/her ability and fosters:

  • A positive attitude towards all aspects of English enabling children to become effective communicators.
  • The motivation to produce work of the highest quality in content and presentation
  • The ability to apply literacy skills  both independently, collaboratively  and as reflective  learners
  • The confidence to apply knowledge and skills to unfamiliar situations and solve problems in a range of situations.

Speaking & Listening

Throughout the curriculum, there is a strong emphasis on enabling children to use language to work together effectively. By using language and hearing how others use it, children become able to describe the world, make sense of life's experiences and get things done.

Children learn to use language as a tool for thinking, collectively and alone. However, they will not learn how to make the best use of language as a tool for communicating and thinking without guidance.

At Greenways, we set ‘Let’s Talk’ homework (see guidance attached) for each year group that is linked to a sequence of English lessons (see attached). The aim is that children develop their use of vocabulary and become familiar with various writing styles and Peat sentence structures. 

Find the latest Let's Talk Homework by clicking here

Phonics

At Greenways, we use a range of teaching resources (e.g. Phonic Bugs, Jolly Phonics and Phonics Play) to engage our children as part of a high quality synthetic phonic program. Pupils enjoy high quality, multisensory phonic sessions daily and are streamed from the Spring Term in Reception. In addition, a wide range of reading interventions are run through the school year. The phonics screening check in Year 1 identifies children's ability to read both real and 'alien' (pseudo) words. Phonics is a key aspect of reading where pupils:

·         apply phonic knowledge and skill as the prime approach to reading unfamiliar words that are not completely decodable;

·         read many frequently-encountered words automatically;

·         read phonically decodable three-syllable words;

·         read a range of age-appropriate texts fluently;

·         Demonstrate understanding of age-appropriate texts.

Teachers will ensure that elements of early reading not assessed in this phonics screening check are also taught, such as reading and discussing books. Children who have not reached this level re-take the test in Year 2.

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Reading

Our vision is that children become independent and confident readers. To achieve this goal, we actively engage with parents to develop good reading habits and a ‘love of reading’ for everyone. The overview below reflects our collaborative approach within our learning community to develop key skills. 

Our approach to guided reading has significant beneficial impact on word recognition, fluency and comprehension. It is an effective tool not only to improve a student's fundamental reading skills but also to help pupils articulate their thoughts and work with partners/small groups to develop higher level comprehension skills. 

Our approach enables pupils to:

·           establish fundamental skills necessary for proficient reading

·           identify weaknesses and strengthen specific skills

·           improve attention to detail

·           build fluency

·           expand vocabulary knowledge

·           develop reading comprehension skills

For tips on how to help your child with their reading, visit: http://wordsforlife.org.uk/

 To view the Greenways guide to reading, click here.

Writing

Maths

Maths No Problem

Singapore Maths, based on mastery, is a proven method which ensures children fully understand what they are doing, and why.  In every KS1 and KS2 classroom, the children are using textbooks and workbooks which have been written to support teachers in all aspects of their planning whilst delivering Singapore Maths methods effectively.  These ‘Maths No Problem’ resources are being fully supported by the Department for Education because ‘mastery’, the ability to understand fully a concept and being able to apply it within different situations, is part of the requirements of the new curriculum. The Maths No Problem primary school series has been created specifically for children living in the UK and is fully aligned to the 2014 curriculum.  It provides all the elements that teachers need to teach maths mastery with confidence:

  • Textbooks and workbooks that allow teachers and pupils to explore and master each topic in depth, based on the Singapore Maths CPA approach, namely Concrete (the use of practical resources), Pictorial (using pictures and diagrams for representation) then Abstract (for example, number sentences).  The materials incorporate practice and application, rather than moving on to the following year’s curriculum.
  • A web-based teachers’ guide which provides everything needed to plan a lesson.
  • On-demand video training covering a 5-day intensive maths mastery course.

Staff in the Reception classes have also undertaken the Maths No Problem training and are using resources which fully complement the Singapore Maths approach in order to ensure that the best foundations are laid for learning in maths. 

 We believe that this new approach is ensuring that all pupils fully understand and ‘master’ areas of maths throughout the Federation.