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Gunnsbrooke Close, Great Bowden,
Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7HZ
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This document outlines the content of the English curriculum that we teach in our school. We use the progression grids to ensure the skills for each year group are taught. With the exception of the spelling scheme of work, we only state the whole year’s content, rather than the progression at points throughout the year. This is because we want skills to be taught and retaught in an iterative process during the year and because embedding skills in context and with purpose is the best way for children to learn.
Phonics and Early Reading
At Great Bowden Academy, we place the highest importance on providing all children
with a structured approach to learning to read from their very first days with us.
In Reception and Key Stage 1, we use a linguistic phonics programme called Sounds-
Children, in their daily phonics sessions, are taught conceptual knowledge and skills that enable them to say the sounds and read the words. In Reception, the children learn that:
Once the children are confident with applying this understanding in their reading and spelling, they learn:
This second phase lasts into year 2, and the skills they learn will continue to be applied in their reading and spelling well beyond this time. Throughout the programme, close links are made between reading and spelling.
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Reading at School
We pride ourselves on our strong reading culture. Reading is at the very heart of
our curriculum. Our English lessons are centred around a range of high-
When our children start to read, the books they read independently at school and
at home are closely matched to the sounds they are taught to recognise and use, so
that they are confidently able to rehearse the skills they have learned. We have
spent considerable time re-
Our library is organised into genres so that the children can easily find books that they enjoy reading. Once children are confident, fluent readers (towards the end of Key Stage One and into Key Stage Two) they can choose from a range of literature here. Each classroom also has a reading area and its own stock of books for children to read.
Children have daily opportunities to read and be read to. Over a few days in school the children will read individually, in pairs, in small groups or as a whole class. The reading curriculum focuses on word reading (decoding words) and understanding of texts (comprehension). We teach these skills alongside each other. Opportunities are planned into our lessons for children to discuss what they are reading, share opinions and explore different responses to texts.
We know that supporting children in making automatic choices about the way words are spelled is key to developing automaticity in writing. Spelling is taught discretely and regularly throughout the school.
The phonics lessons that the children have in their early years at school feed into more focused spelling lessons, beginning in Year 2. The children learn to break words down into their constituent sounds and syllables and are able to write these down. To develop their orthography skills, the children use an approach called Word Study, learning to recognise patterns in spellings and to identify what makes a word unique. This also involves understanding the meanings behind parts of words: knowing how a word has evolved in our language is an important step towards understanding how it is spelled as well as how it can be used. Investigating and sorting words also supports children in their vocabulary development.
Sometimes the children are given some words to rehearse at home using Word Study techniques. A few regularly occurring but unusually spelled words need learning out of context but, for the most part, we aim to support the children in being aware of the choices they have about ways of spelling different sounds and in feeling confident about how to apply them correctly most of the time.
Writing gives children a voice, an ability to share their thoughts and ideas. Children use their writing skills in almost all areas of the curriculum and we want our children to be able to communicate with others confidently and creatively through their writing. Therefore, we place importance on making writing meaningful and emphasising its purpose – to entertain, to persuade, to inform or to discuss. Children write every day across the curriculum.
Underpinning our writing curriculum is our reading curriculum: we know children’s
reading experiences are closely linked to the progress they make in writing. Carefully
Learning to write is complex. Central to our children’s learning is achieving increasing fluency in the skills of handwriting, grammar and punctuation. Each year group has a specific set of skills to learn in order to ensure a steady progression through school. Grammar and punctuation are taught in context and linked to the texts children are reading in class.
Children also explore writing through drama and the spoken word. They are encouraged to articulate their thoughts and experiment with ideas and techniques. Clear teacher modelling of writing ensures that children are well supported in creating their own compositions before being able to work independently.
Great Bowden Maths Vision
At Great Bowden Academy our aim is to develop lifelong mathematicians who are curious
and creative. We want pupils to recognise the importance of having a deep understanding
which is achieved by investigating and exploring mathematical concepts. Fostering
a growth mathematical mind-
Our maths teaching and learning is underpinned by the following key messages:
(Messages developed by Jo Boaler Professor of Mathematics Education, Stanford University)
In a maths lesson at Great Bowden Academy you can expect to see:
Maths learning at Great Bowden Academy follows the high quality guidance of the White Rose scheme of work which allows us to ensure accurate coverage across the whole school.
As a Church of England Primary School we follow the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus and the ‘Understanding Christianity’ programme. R.E. at Great Bowden Academy is taught in line with the R.E. statement of Entitlement (see below)
To find out more about the curriculum our school is following please contact your child’s class teacher.