At Meadowhead Infants, we have recently introduced a new curriculum called Dimensions. Most of our lessons and learning experiences are planned around a central theme which makes meaningful links between the National Curriculum subject areas. This is usually changed half termly. Maths, Handwriting, Phonics and Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation are taught as separate Schemes of Work although useful links will be made with the half-termly theme as they arise.
We use a number of different approaches to help children with their learning.
In phonics we follow a programme in Reception called ‘Letters and Sounds’ using ‘Jolly Phonics’ as a resource to help children remember the sounds they are learning. We also teach your child to recognise, blend and segment sounds to help them with their reading and writing.
In Y1 and Y2 we use a similar approach but with Read Write Inc. as our key resource.
We have recently updated our range of reading books to ensure that there are lots of different books for your child to enjoy. They will bring home a book (carefully matched to their reading ability) every night – please read with your child for 10 -15 minutes every night and make a note of this in their reading record.
We do not follow one particular reading scheme but use a range of popular books from various schemes (Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cat, Big Cat Phonics, Rigby Star) as well as 'Real' books. These are book banded for both guided and home reading.
At first in Reception they may bring home a book with no words. This is so you can talk about the story together and help your child to become familiar with words like ‘cover’, ‘page’ and ‘title’.
We want your child to love books and enjoy reading and we value stories highly, so all children at Meadowhead Infants have at least one exciting story read aloud to them every day!
We also have a well-stocked library and all children can choose a library book to take home.
We use lots of practical resources to help children to learn different skills in mathematics. We have a resource called ‘Numicon’ in every class as well as lots of other exciting maths equipment. It is really important to provide these ‘hands on’ practical experiences so children develop a really good understanding of how numbers work.
We send home Curriculum Newsletters at the beginning of each half term so you will know what your child is learning about in school. (See below) New Maths and Topic Homework grids were introduced for Reception to Y2 pupils in October 2015.
If you would like to know more about what your child is learning, please feel free to speak with your child's class teacher.