Curriculum Map 2018/19
The document below provides a more detailed look at our current school curriculum:
Most of us read without even thinking about it. It’s a skill we take for granted, yet one that is essential for being able to succeed in life. As a child grows up, being able to read well not only enables them to discover new facts and to learn at school, but also opens them up to a world of new ideas, stories and opportunities. We want all our children to leave Hinckley Parks Primary school with an ability to read which accompanies a desire to read.
Good reading involves a combination of word recognition and comprehension.
- Skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words.
- Good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge (in particular of vocabulary and grammar) and on knowledge of the world. Comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion…as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and nonfiction.
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From a very early stage, children develop awareness of different sounds in spoken language. They develop understanding that spoken words are made up of different sounds (phonemes) and they learn to match these phonemes to letters (graphemes). Phonics is about children knowing how letters link to sounds (graphemes to phonemes), for example, c as in ‘cat’, ll as in ‘fell’, ee as in ‘sheep’. Children use this phonic knowledge when they are reading and writing. This approach has been shown to provide a quick and efficient way for most young children to learn to read words on the page, fluently and accurately. We want children at Hinckley Parks to develop this skill so that it becomes automatic, this phonetic awareness will also help children to become accurate at spelling.
At Hinckley Parks Primary School we use a systematic phonics programme called Letters and Sounds. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource that aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills as well as prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge. It sets out a programme for the teaching of phonics skills for children beginning at the age of five years with the aim that children will become fluent readers by the age of seven. There are six phases in this programme.
When children enter EYFS they take part in high-quality phonics sessions every day. These are fun sessions involving lots of speaking, listening and games, where the emphasis is on active participation. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities and in their independent play. By the end of EYFS our aim is that children will have a secure knowledge of phase 3.
In Year 1 children continue to be taught using the Letters and Sounds phonic programme. Children in year 1 also participate in the phonics screening check. The Year 1 phonics screening check is not a formal test, but a way for teachers to ensure that children are making sufficient progress with their phonics skills to read words and that they are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning. By the end of Year 1 our aim is that children will have a secure knowledge of phase 5.
In Year 2 we use the Letters and Sounds document for our pace and planning to teach synthetic phonics, in Year 2 we consolidate Phase 5 and focus on Phase 6. At the beginning of phase 6 children should know most of the common grapheme-phoneme correspondences. They should be able to read a range of words, doing this in three ways; reading the words automatically if they are familiar, decoding words quickly and silently because their sounding and blending skills are well established and decoding words aloud. By end the end of Year 2 our aim is that children are confident with all of the phases of the Letters and Sounds phonics programme.
At Hinckley Parks Primary school we use the No Nonsense Spelling programme to support our teaching of spelling. The focus of the programme is on the teaching of spelling, which embraces knowledge of spelling conventions – patterns and rules; but integral to the teaching is the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings. Each class in KS2 participates in a 20 minute spelling lesson, 3 times a week. Children are provided with a list of spellings to learn, which link to the spelling lessons, and are tested on them the following week.