Speaking and Listening: Children’s listening skills are developed to allow them to take on information and respond appropriately. They are taught the necessary skills for speaking to an audience and listening effectively. This includes being able to recite a poem or rhyme.
Reading: The children learn to read through a combination of phonics and sight vocabulary. We follow the “Letters and Sounds” programme using a multi-sensory approach to learning phonics and applying this to reading and writing. Our main reading schemes are Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and Collins Big Cat. All pupils have a home learning book in which to record their reading choices and to reflect upon their reading. This book also serves as a tool for communication between parent, child and teacher. Please record when you hear your child read at home in their Home Learning Book.
Writing: We aim for all children to both enjoy writing and understand its relevance and importance, in order to write with confidence for different purposes and for a variety of audiences.
Spelling: Children are taught the main spelling rules through investigation and exploration.
Grammar and Punctuation: This is taught in a systematic way as children progress through the school.
Children will learn a range of written methods for calculation, during their time at Highcliffe St Mark Primary.
Please ask if you would like support in understanding when these strategies are appropriate for your child's learning.