At Frittenden School, we have developed a creative and cross-curricular approach to learning. We aim to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding whilst taking into account what the children want to find out. We encourage our children to become independent learners who are also able to collaborate effectively in problem solving situations. Our teachers use innovative and inspirational approaches, tailored to their class and each child’s specific needs, in order to work towards our Vision:
To engage every child in an exciting and meaningful educational experience, in an inclusive caring Christian community.
Because our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes comprise of two year groups, we have devised a two year rolling programme of cross-curricular units. The current long-term planning can be found within the class pages.
For the teaching of phonics, we use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme but we supplement this with other materials to make the learning stimulating and enjoyable.
We have invested in the Nelson Reading Scheme which is carefully banded to enable children to progress through the levels, with sufficient challenge. We use PM Benchmarking to assess the children. Reading books are sent home regularly. For guided reading in Key Stage 1 and EYFS we currently use Oxford Reading Tree books.
Pupils in EYFS and year 1 use Collins Big Cat books: these are specifically aligned to their phonic stage and understanding and are completely decodable.