Phonics is used as a basis for teaching children to read. All children in Key Stage 1 participate in a daily phonics session (following 'Letters and Sounds'), where they are introduced to the sounds letters make and common words . Children are given opportunities to read to their class teacher, to each other, to visiting adults and also as a part of a guided group, when books and texts are discussed in greater detail. Children read a variety of books from different schemes and publishers which increase in difficulty.
Opportunities to write are sought through our topics; in this way the writing has a real purpose and audience. We often use history or geography to create writing in a variety of genres, for example a child in Class 3 might write an evacuee diary during a topic on Britain since the 1930's, or a newspaper report about the bombing of Oxford Street during the same topic.
Each class will have five maths sessions a week, focusing on number, calculation, shape, space and measure and data handling.
At Longworth School we are proud of our creative curriculum. We teach in a cross-curricular thematic way, looking for opportunities where possible, to make links across a variety subjects of the curriculum, including history, geography, science, art, DT, music and ICT. Topics are planned, often with the children, taking into account the interests of the children and staff, thus ensuring that the topics remain fresh and exciting for all involved.
Recent topics have included Victorians, Day and Night, France, Around the World in 80 days, The Earth and Beyond, Pirates and Heroes and Superheroes.