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English Language and Literacy

The development of language is the basis for communication, learning and understanding.

At the heart of every life experience, children need to be able to communicate effectively and creatively with the world at large through spoken and written language. Much time is therefore devoted to Literacy which is taught daily. In our school we aim to teach the children to speak, read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding. We need and expect your support as parents too, in hearing your children read and in talking to them! Secure skills with language allow your child to explore all other areas of the curriculum, and are a life-long tool. Here at Peterchurch, we encourage every child to enjoy and appreciate the rich variety of literature so that they can respond with knowledge and enthusiasm.

In speaking and listening, we do this by:

  • encouraging all children to express their opinions, articulate feelings and respond appropriately to a range of situations;
  • enabling pupils to participate in different groupings to present ideas with confidence, valuing the views of others.

In reading, we do this by:

  • teaching phonics in order to develop the awareness of the link between sounds and letters;
  • giving every child their own personal reading log and books to take home to read with parents and carers which challenge and engage pupils to develop their own love of learning;
  • providing a range of reading opportunities to help children to understand the choices of vocabulary and structures authors use.

In writing, we do this by:

  • setting high expectations that all our children will take pride in their work, having a fluent handwriting style;
  • providing inspiring activities to motivate children so that they see themselves as ‘writers’;
  • focusing on the essential skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling alongside developing the powers of imagination and inventiveness.

Mathematics

Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems.

It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. We are passionate about and committed to ensuring that all children engage in and enjoy the subject of Mathematics. Lessons are inspirational and relevant, enabling children to succeed in making and using those vital links between Mathematics and everyday life.

Our aims in teaching Mathematics are that all children will:

  •  Enjoy the subject and study it with confidence and a sense of achievement;
  •  Understand the relevance of the subject in today’s world;
  •  Reach their potential in numeracy and a range of other mathematical skills;
  •  Apply these skills with confidence and understanding when solving problems;
  •  Develop thinking skills by communicating mathematical ideas to a partner or group;
  •  Receive opportunities to work systematically, creatively, independently and in depth; and
  •  Be thoroughly prepared for the continued study of the subject at High School.

The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in Mathematics lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in Mathematics. We do this through a daily lesson that has a high proportion of whole-class and group teaching, where possible making links across the curriculum. During these lessons we encourage the pupils to question as well as solve mathematical problems. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources including practical apparatus and ICT to support their work and enhance their learning. Our resources for Mathematics are up to date and are used throughout the school. Some examples include, Numicon, bead strings, place value cards, number fans and subscription to online resources. Wherever possible, we encourage the children to use and apply their learning in everyday situations; such as role play, shops & cafes, spreadsheets for party planning and weighing, measuring and cooking.

In all classes there are children of differing mathematical ability. We recognise this fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies – in some lessons through differentiated group work and in other lessons by organising the children to work in pairs on open-ended problems or games or with appropriate adult support. We also provide the opportunity for 1-1 Maths tutoring where a child needs additional support in order to secure their understanding in Maths.