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School Development Plan

School Development Plan

Our Key Priorities this year and how you can support at home are:

All children read with fluency and understanding and love reading

Our English Lead Mrs Granville and our Phonics Lead Mr Guillaume are working with all staff to further develop how we teach early reading. All children from Nursery to Year 2 have two phonics lessons every day. We use Sounds-Write to support our early reading teaching.

As well as learning to read, children are read to at least once a day to develop their understanding, enhance their vocabulary, and learn about our world. This is also when the teachers are ‘influencers’ – modelling their love of reading to the children and sharing new stories the children might want to explore on their own or at home.

Children also have a daily reading lesson where the emphasis is on understanding a story. With our younger learners this is done through discussion, whilst our older children will share their ideas and opinions through written responses.

Practising reading every day with your child for 10 minutes has a hugely beneficial impact on their progress. Reading stories to them develops their brains, vocabulary, curiosity and is also a special shared time.

Embed Mastery in Mathematics approach across the school

Our Maths Leads Mrs Elton and Mrs Pescott are working alongside all staff to embed our new maths scheme. All our children have a daily maths lesson that focuses on fluency, reasoning, talking mathematically and using apparatus to prove and show our maths thinking.

All our children also benefit from daily fluency lessons which are age appropriate. For example, Reception children are working hard to know all their pairs to 5 with automaticity – they know them straight away and don’t use their fingers or any apparatus, while Year 4 are working hard to learn all the multiplication and division facts for all times tables. Everybody counts every day. Again, this is age appropriate. Year 1 might be counting up and back to 50 in 5s, while Year 5 could be counting up and back in 1/5s.

At home, all children from Year 2 onwards have access to TT RockStars from any computer, tablet or phone, regular practice in this will support children with their Mathematics.

Counting up and back at home would also support your child, as well as playing card games, cooking and measuring – anything that involves being fascinated by numbers and patterns.

Ensure all children are happy and regularly attending school

We want to work with parents to ensure children are happy and regularly attending school. If you have any concerns about your child's wellbeing or attendance please contact the school office who will put you in contact with the appropriate member of staff.