As part of developing our creative curriculum in school we have been following the International Primary Curriculum. Westleigh Methodist feel very passionately about developing our pupils to learn skills for life by 'learning beyond books' and becoming responsible global citizens. The world is changing at such a rapid pace and to help our children secure jobs for the future it is vital we open our pupils' eyes to the vast world we live in and provide them with the skills to secure jobs in the future - no doubt, jobs that don't even exist yet!
We have introduced a Singaporean approach to mathematics in school with an emphasis on teaching children to solve problems in all aspects of maths. Research and evidence show this to be a highly effective way of teaching maths.
The programme we use to deliver Singapore Maths is Maths No Problem.
Maths No Problem:
- Builds students’ mathematical fluency without the need for them to learn by rote.
- Introduces new concepts through a Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) approach. http://www.mathsnoproblem.co.uk/concrete-pictorial-abstract
- Ensures pupils learn to think mathematically rather than reciting formulas they don’t understand.
- Teaches mental strategies to solve problems such as drawing a Bar Model. http://www.mathsnoproblem.co.uk/model-method
The chart below shows how our children progress as they work through the Maths No Problem programme. They work through each chapter in order as they progress through the year.
Dr Yeap Ban Har is a leading mathematics expert and trainer for Maths No Problem.
Teach a child to read and keep that child reading [and talking] and we will change everything. And I mean everything.
This year we are introducing the Read Write Inc Literacy and Language programme in years 2 to 6 for children who are confident readers.
Literacy and Language is:
- A complete literacy programme for Years 2 -6 which fully meets the expectations of the National Curriculum.
- Develops reading, comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, writing, thinking and discussion skills
- Teaches children to love reading
- Children use discussion in order to learn
The children will be taught 6 units a year (1 per half term) which cover both fiction and non-fiction. The writing that the children produce is all based on real texts by popular authors. The authors include Michael Morpurgo, Tony Ross, Jamila Gavin, Jeremy Strong, Roger McGough, Anthony Browne and many more!
Each unit has a specific grammar focus that the children will be taught so that they can apply their new skills in their writing.
Reading feeds the imagination, it expands horizons and offers new and exciting ways of seeing and making sense of our lives and of the world around us.
Here are just some of the suggested texts for wider reading. If you would like to know more please don’t hesitate to ask your child’s class teacher.
My Book Blog
We are excited to announce that we will soon be launching a new online learning tool to support our children in reading called My Book Blog.
My Book Blog will be accessible to children in Years 2-6. We have invested a lot of time and money into our library to ensure our children have access to high quality books written by popular authors in a welcoming environment. For children in Years 2-6 these books will replace the reading scheme books that they have previously used. We are confident this will help every child to develop a love of reading.
To generate interest and get the children asking questions, the staff have been working hard behind the scenes.
They have been reading in unusual places...
They completed a Mannequin Challenge
The classes will be challenged to read in unusual places and create their own mannequin Challenge over the next few weeks- Watch this space!
KS2 Mannequin Challenge
Read, Write, Inc
At Westleigh Methodist Primary School we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme.
Read Write Inc is a complete literacy programme for children 4-7 who are learning to read, and for older children who need to catch up quickly.
What the children will learn in reading:
- 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts
- To read words using sound blending
- Read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
- After meaningful discussion led by an adult children show that they understand the stories by answering questions.
What the children will learn in writing:
- Write the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds
- Write words by saying the sounds and graphemes
- Learn to build sentences orally using adventurous vocabulary
- Start with simple sentences and develop towards more complex ones by the end of the programme
- Compose a range of texts using discussion prompts.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG)
To stay in line with the new National Curriculum, new elements to the RWI programme have been added to incorporate the SPAG requirements in Key Stage 1.
The children are streamed according to ability, and taught by a fully trained member of staff. All staff are supported by the Reading Leader, who is a member of staff in school.
Assessments are completed by the Reading Leader every half term and groups are reorganised.
For children who need extra support where they make not be making the expected progress, they will receive regular 1-1 intervention, with specific targets based on their next steps.
Videos to explain RWI in more detail: