The children at Ashdon School learn to read using the government’s ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. Phonics sessions are taught on a daily basis across EYFS and KS1, with additional support given to children who have not reached age appropriate levels in Key Stage 2.
Children who need additional support with their reading will follow the ‘Read, Write, Inc’ intervention programme which is taught by teaching assistants on a one to one basis.
Children will read books from a range of reading schemes which are colour banded by difficulty. As the children’s reading becomes more fluent and they develop reading stamina they will progress through the reading scheme until they become a free reader.
Teachers assess children’s reading on a half termly basis and change reading bands according to these assessments.
We ask all parents to hear their children read every night to ensure they can make the best progress possible. Reading with a parent indicates to children the importance we place on reading.
In mathematics we follow the National Curriculum using the published scheme Abacus to support teachers planning and children’s learning, alongside a wide range of resources which are present in the school. Children are assessed on an ongoing basis following the work they produce in daily lessons. We ask parents to support their children in learning their multiplication to a fluent level by Year 4.
Further information regarding the curriculum can be gained by talking to individual class teachers.