We aim to develop a love of books and reading.
We are very proud that our children achieve well in reading. In 2018, 100% of our Year 6 pupils achieved the expected Reading Standard compared to 75% Nationally.
Guided Reading – we use the Collins Big Cat series throughout the school for both fiction and non-fiction. This happens daily in class, in small groups. Children are grouped according to reading book band colour.
Day 1 Reading with teacher using text A
Day 2 Reading with additional adult using text A
Day 3 Independent follow up activity on text A
Day 4 and 5 Independent reading/GPS focused work.
Phonics – we follow the teaching as set out in Letters and Sounds which we supplement in Key Stage One with Phonics Play and Spelling Play.
At Seething and Mundham we deliver writing through the Talk for Writing strategy. We have chosen this strategy as it is based on the principles of how children learn and enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’ as well as close reading. The Talk for Writing method enables children to imitate orally the language they need for a particular topic, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version. The approach moves from dependence towards independence with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully. We have developed a core reading spine of quality fiction, poetry and non-fiction that all children experience and draw upon. In 2018 80% of our children achieved the expected standard, compared to 78% nationally.
In maths we are strong believers in the concrete pictorial abstract approach to teaching maths, whereby new concepts are introduced and previous ideas reinforced using a system of teaching using physical manipulatives, followed by use of pictorial representations before children apply learning into the abstract. We further believe in an approach of deepening our learners understanding as opposed to simply increasing the size of numbers. To assist us in this we follow the White Rose planning objectives and supplement this with the Power Maths resources as required. In the 2018 Key stage 2 assessments 90% of our children attained the required standard.
At Seething and Mundham we teach the wider curriculum through a thematic approach to History/Geography/science/art/D.T but teach science, ICT and R.E discretely.