‘Any book which helps a child form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep continuing needs, is good for him.’ Maya Angelou.
At Sidlesham Primary School, we believe that English teaching should involve children being immersed in exciting texts and surrounded by a rich reading culture. Children will develop a love of reading, a pride in their writing and the satisfaction that comes with great communication. Writing is taught with a consistent structure (using ‘The Write Stuff’) across KS1 and 2, with learning and using new vocabulary at its core. Each class will enjoy a ‘book for pleasure’, read daily by their class teacher. Alongside this children will learn and unpick the skills of reading - fluency, retrieval, inference, prediction, explanation, summarising and sequencing. The importance of prior knowledge when approaching texts will be central to children achieving success at comprehension. Opportunities to practise public speaking via class assemblies, discussions and debates will be regularly planned into a class’ timetable.
Mathematics is a strategic subject that teaches the importance of systems, processes, pattern spotting and perseverance. Children at Sidlesham School will be supported to access maths at any level, enabling children of all abilities to make good progress throughout their time with us.
Children will become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics such as number bonds and times tables, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time. They will develop a conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
Mathematical reasoning skills will be developed by following a line of enquiry, investigating relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
Children will have the chance to 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. Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas.
The curriculum, by necessity, is organised into distinct mathematical topic blocks. However, pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. Children will also be expected to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’ WB Yeats.
Science at Sidlesham naturally plays into children’s curiosity and intrigue about the world around them. It encourages questioning, investigation and discussion, which leads on to recording and conclusions being sought. Through working scientifically, children investigate:
Fair tests /Comparative tests
Observations over time
Identifying, grouping and classifying
Underpinning this is a foundation of key knowledge around the topics of science and a clear progression from one year to the next. Vocabulary is at the core of a child’s understanding of science and the ability to communicate their findings, so classes and lessons put language at their centre. Children are encouraged to consider how science impacts our daily lives and to think about how they can play a role in future science developments, encouraging the next engineers, scientists and problem solvers.