Teaching and Learning

At Glenfrome Primary School we put children at the heart of everything we do.

Children come to school to learn, to improve their life skills and understanding of the world, and to grow. We believe that children and adults learn from everything they see and do and from everyone they come into contact with in their lives. We don't just go through the motions – we really challenge conventions and traditional methods and if there's a better way to help children learn, we do it that way.

Creative curriculum

At Glenfrome, each year group has a topic based approach to learning  over two terms.  Teachers plan engaging topics and activities, based on the National Curriculum objectives and key skills for each subject, to ensure that there is appropriate coverage and progression in learning across the school.  When relevant, subjects will be linked to the class topic in order to make learning purposeful.   At the start of a topic, children are asked what they already know and also about what they would like to find out.  Teachers then plan in opportunities for children to research, investigate and explore the areas that they would like to know more about.  We believe that creative activities inspire awe and wonder which is why we strive to ensure creative links are made where possible in order to allow all children to reach their full potential.  Please take a look at the class pages to see the current topics and you will also be able to view the class topic web which shows what is being taught in each subject.

The Glenfrome Curriculum is constantly developing and evolving with some exciting opportunities happening over the next year.  We have just been invited to join the Heritage Project which has a focus on developing localised learning projects.  At Glenfrome we already embrace our local area but this project will support us further in doing this.  We will also be considering ways in which we can incorporate the National Curriculum 2014 into a Creative Curriculum which is tailored to the needs of our wonderful community.  Watch this space for more information!

 

 

Religious Education

We know that we are very lucky to have so many faiths represented in our school. In accordance with our Rights Respectings ethos, children have the right to celebrate their religion. As part of the curriculum, we teach children to develop their understanding of all the beliefs in the world. For more information about the RE curriculum, please follow the links below.

Rec_POS.pdf, KS1_POS.pdf, KS2_POS.pdf or go to the website http://amv.somerset.gov.uk/

Reading

Glenfrome Primary School is an Every Child a Reader (ECaR) school. In 2012 we achieved the Bristol ECaR Standard which demonstrates best practice in our school.

ECaR is embedded within the school and is led by our Reading Recovery Teacher, Yvonne Harmitt-Williams, who has undertaken a year long part-time Reading Recovery professional development programme and continues to undergo training to update her skills and knowledge.

All teaching staff have received ECaR training and use this knowledge in daily Guided Reading and literacy lessons.

Quality first teaching

All pupils are included in daily high quality literacy teaching. A Focus is on word recognition and on language comprehension, with a sound base in synthetic phonics which is the teaching of the letter sounds and then building up to blending these sounds together to achieve full pronunciation of whole words. Glenfrome primary school offers, as a minimum, guided reading sessions for all children working at or above minimum age related expectations and also has a whole school Reading Programme based on Reading Recovery levels and running records/PM Benchmarking.

Interventions

All our LSAs and some parents/volunteers are trained to offer Better Reading Partner sessions. They support pupils from across the school who are below average and need targeted support to become independent readers.

One-to-one teaching

Specific targeted approaches for children in Year 1 identified as requiring intensive support. The most intensive element of ECaR is the Reading Recovery intervention, delivered by our trained Reading Recovery teacher.

Learning Spaces

At Glenfrome Primary School we have stunning grounds and lots of space. We have 12 main classrooms and a number of 'breakout' areas for learning throughout the school, which offer flexible spaces for children whose needs may differ. We have also been creating outdoor learning areas – benches, story spaces, covered areas and even a wooden outside classroom. In the playground we have a PlayPod which is open for imaginative experiences each day - children regularly create space ships, cars, boats and castles during lunch break.

Outdoor play is alwasy creative at Glenfrome

How do we teach children to write at Glenfrome?

Our core aim is for children to write with enjoyment and confidence knowing that they have the skills to have a go! Read to find more about our approach to teaching children to write.

Foundation Stage

As soon as children start school we encourage them to write- this may be mark making initially but we value and celebrate all efforts that children make to write. In Reception we call their mark making ‘Magic Writing’. You will see opportunities for writing in many areas inside and outside of the classroom.

We start teaching synthetic phonics as a method of teaching reading. We first teach the letter sound and then build up to blending these sounds together to read whole words. We use a range of resources, for example ‘Jolly Phonics’ and the ‘Letters and Sounds’ document to guide our teaching of each letter. We teach the children the formation of the letter using a programme called ‘Penpals’. Children very quickly learn how to write familiar sounds and along with sounding out words to read (blending) children then start to apply this in their writing (segmenting). They may start with the initial sounds of words (like below) but they quickly begin to include the final and then middle sounds as they learn more letters and gain confidence.

Engaging the children

We have a text rich environment where we encourage all children to be readers and writers as this will develop their love, knowledge and understanding of literature. Playing word games, word searches, reading and making rhymes all help children to understand and use language that they might not use every day and support their creativity. At Glenfrome all teachers are trained in, and use, the Power of Reading strategies to support children in becoming engaged in texts. Using these inspirational texts, children can partake in drama activities and lots of writing in role as characters, providing them with key language and an enthusiasm for literacy.

Talk for Writing

At Glenfrome we are passionate in our belief in developing children’s speaking and listening skills and their ability to discuss and debate their thoughts and opinions. When teaching children to write a new genre we use the Talk for Writing cycle. We believe that children will have a sound understanding of a text if they have the time to talk about and explore key themes and language. The Talk for Writing cycle has three stages; Immersion, Innovation and Invention. The children are initially immersed in a key text through drama, discussion, story mapping and retelling, focussing heavily on oral comprehension activities .

Children then innovate and explore making changes to the story map and parts of the text to develop their understanding further which will require written responses to comprehension activities also.

The final part of the cycle is Invention where children write their own text using the guidance and modelled activities that they have done in the other stages to scaffold their writing. We include a fortnightly Big Writing session which covers different genres and allows children to re-visit writing objectives. Take a look at our Wonderful Writers wall to see fantastic examples of writing from across the school!

All teachers have high expectations in the presentation of work in all areas of the curriculum. Handwriting plays an important part and is taught weekly in Key Stage 2 and Daily in Key Stage 1. Handwriting is taught using the Penpals scheme of work which is used from FS to Y6.

Spelling is another important part of writing. Children have a weekly spelling session in Key Stage 2, with follow up activities throughout the week. They are given spellings to learn on a Monday based on their session and they are tested on these on a Thursday.

For further information on how we teach Literacy at Glenfrome please see our Literacy & Reading Policies.

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