In all areas of our curriculum we aim to engage, motivate and stretch each child. We do this by providing stimulating lessons that are purposeful, enjoyable and responsive to each unique child. We intend to promote the development of children intellectually, socially, physically and morally to provide children with the basic skills they need for life.
In the early stages of their school life the children are encouraged to explore their own interests as well as be guided in the skills and knowledge that lead to reading, writing, mathematics and science. As they progress through the school, we aim to introduce a wide range of themes in history, geography, art etc to give understanding to the world around them. In addition to the subjects specified by the National Curriculum the school addresses areas such as personal and social understanding, outdoor learning, health, multi-cultural learning and citizenship.
Reading and Phonics Programme - Little Wandle
At Timberscombe, St Dubricius and Dunster First Schools, we use the Little Wandle synthetic phonics to give your child the best possible start with their literacy.
How is Little Wandle taught?
From Preschool to Year 1, children are taught to read using synthetic phonic sounds. They will learn the single letter phonemes alongside digraphs (double letter phonemes e.g. ea as in sea) and trigraphs (tripleletter phonemes e.g. igh as in light) and how to blend them together to read words. Alongside these sounds, children are taught 'tricky words' which are those words which are not phonetically decodable. Children will be encouraged to use their sounds to build words within their writing.
When will my child begin to read?
Once children are blending sounds independently to read words,they will take home their first reading book. They will read this book for a minimum of three times which will give them a chance to decode words, practise reading for fluency and then answer questions about their book o aid comprehension skills. Books will be sent home to read with your child that link to the phonics sounds they are learning.
How will my child's reading be monitored?
Children will be assessed half termly against the sounds that they have been taught. From this assessment, teachers will be able to place children on the correct level reading books and provide extra support if needed.
Reading and Phonics Programme - Read Write Inc. (RWI)
At Exford and Cutcombe CofE First Schools we use Read Write Inc Phonics (RWI) to give your child the best possible start with their literacy. We have put together a guide to how the RWI programme works together with some useful links.
Once the class teacher is happy with a pupil’s reading and comprehension of books within a stage they will progress to the next step. Teacher judgement is supported by RWI assessments and comprehension (verbal and/or written) assessments.
Read Write Inc (RWI) is a validated and highly successful phonics programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. However, at Cutcombe CofE First School & Exford CofE First School we continue teaching RWI to children beyond the age of 7 if they still need support in their reading.
RWI was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found here.
How will RWI be taught?
All children are assessed regularly by our RWI lead teacher so they work with children at the same level. This allows complete participation in lessons.
In Reception all children will learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down.
- learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts – see below
- learn to read words using Fred talk and sound blending
- read from a range of storybooks and non-fictions books matched to their phonic knowledge
- work well with partners
- develop comprehension skills in stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It' discussion questions
- learn to write and form the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds with the help of fun phrases
- learn to write words by using Fred Talk
- learn to build sentences by practising sentences out loud before they write
- They work in pairs so that they:
- answer every question
- practise every activity with their partner
- take turns in talking and reading to each other
- develop ambitious vocabulary
Year One & Year Two
Children follow the same format as Reception but will work on complex sounds and read books appropriate to their reading level. Daily sessions of RWI phonics last for 40 minutes.
Five key principles underpin the teaching in all Read Write Inc. sessions:
Purpose – know the purpose of every activity and share it with the children, so they know the one thing they should be thinking about
Participation – ensure every child participates throughout the lesson. Partnership work is fundamental to learning
Praise – ensure children are praised for effort and learning, not ability
Pace – teach at an effective pace and devote every moment to teaching and learning
Passion – be passionate about teaching so children can be engaged emotionally.
All children in the school engage in a daily Talk For Writing lesson, where they spend time engaging with a wide range of high quality texts, learning model texts and skills for writing and developing their own independent writing skills.
Please visit the individual school pages for tailored curriculum maps
Dunster School Curriculum
Exford School Curriculum
Cutcombe School Curriculum
St Dubricius School Curriculum
Timberscombe School Curriculum
Langford Budville School Curriculum
For further information about any of our curriculum areas please contact your school office with your enquiry.