The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
A reading scheme is a structured and levelled set of books tailored to your child’s reading level. At Moorgate we don’t just use one reading scheme, we ensure that children have a broad range of books through various reading schemes such as Oxford Reading tree, Songbird Phonics and Project X. We also offer high quality fiction and non-fiction books that are banded at an appropriate level. For more information on the various reading schemes and for additional free eBook’s that you can read at home, visit:
As pupils start Reception we introduce them to ‘Jolly Phonics’ to begin their letters and sounds journey. In Year 1 we use Letters and Sounds as a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonics skills with the aim of being fluent readers by the age of 7. Pupils in Year 1 will individually take part in the Phonics screening check. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. We will then report your child’s result at the end of the summer term.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.