Literacy & Maths

Literacy

For Literacy we use the McKie Mastery 'Power' approach. Children are set in groups based on their reading ability to ensure they are receiving the phonics or Literacy input they need. Across the groups children will have the opportunity to practicd their reading fluency and understanding by completing reading tasks. They will also be exposed to a range of high quality texts, suited to their ability, and develop their writing skills around them.  

Reading

At Bridgewater Park we aim to teach children to:

  • Read with fluency, accuracy and understanding.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
  • Develop a love of reading, stretching their imagination.
  • Use texts as a source to enhance knowledge and understanding of vocabulary.

Children are encouraged to demonstrate their reading fluency within Power Literacy using the 3 Reading leagues - Professional, World Class and Legendary.

Children read to an adult several times a week in school either 1:1 or within lesson according to their needs and we ask that parents and carers support their child at home by Reading their child read daily.

Phonics

Phonics is currently being taught as part of our Power English, which ensures all children, regardless of their age are getting phonics input appropriate to their ability.   We currently use a lot of Read Write Inc resources and tools to support this.

Children in Year 1 are required to take a statutory check to assess their understanding of phonics. These results are shared with parents on the end of year reports.

'On Track in Reading' Reward Scheme

The scheme is very simple. All children have to do is read at home and have their reading record diary signed by an adult.

The ‘On Track in Reading’ reward scheme has been designed to encourage our children to read at home and is based on a race track. Every time children hit a pit stop in their reading they will move their car on their class ‘On Track in Reading’ display board and receive a reward. The aim is to get around the whole of the track first.

What are the rewards?

The pit stops have been set to 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 75 and 100. Every time your child hits a pit stop they will receive a reward as listed below.

  • 10 stamps – A sweet treat
  • 20 stamps – a certificate
  • 30 stamps – a book mark
  • 40 stamps – a medal
  • 50 stamps  - 50 dojos
  • 75 stamps – a book
  • 100 stamps – a 'On Track in Reading' party

 

Reading Schemes

Bridgewater Park has a variety of reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Treetops and RWI to support children to develop their reading skills. Children are given books appropriate to their reading ability.

Once children have progressed on to 'free readers' there is a large selection of books in each classroom for children to choose from,as well as the school library and they are encouraged to read a variety of text types and books by different authors.

 

Maths

At Bridgewater Park School we aim to ensure that all children develop a deep understanding of mathematics. We follow the McKie Mastery 'Power' approach. from EYFS to Year Six.

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’

At Bridgewater Park we understand the importance of children knowing more than isolated facts, methods, and the ability to recall facts and times tables. We ensure that children have a full understanding of mathematical concepts, methods, and relationships between the different areas of Maths, such as addition, subtraction, division and multiplication and have the opportunity to apply develop this fluency and apply to a range of reasoning problems.

 

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