Our children are taught all of the subjects of the National Curriculum. This provides them with a strong grounding in a full and balanced curriculum across all subjects from English, Maths and Science, to the range of foundation subjects. These include RE, History, Geography, PE, Art, Music, Modern Foreign Languages, Design Technology (DT), and Drama.
The National Curriculum does not apply to pupils in the Foundation Stage. The curriculum for our youngest children is organised into seven areas of learning. These include: communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development; literacy; maths; understanding the world and expressive arts and design.
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Learning the correct letter sounds is one of the first things the children do when they come to school. Getting the sounds correct is one of the best ways parents can support their child reading at home.
Weston Rhyn - Phonics Programme
To develop children’s early reading skills at Weston Rhyn, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme (DfES 2007) for phonics development. This programme aims to build on children’s speaking and listening skills, as well as preparing children for learning to read through the development of phonic knowledge and reading skills. This programme is very detailed and systematic for the teaching of phonics, from the age of five, through to seven.
Phonics Screening Check
At the end of Year 1, children undertake a Phonics Screening Check. This is a statutory assessment that was introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils and is a quick and easy check of your child’s phonics knowledge. It comprises of a list of 40 words, of which 20 are real words, and the other 20 are ‘nonsense’ or ‘alien’ words. It will assess your child’s phonics skills and knowledge learnt through reception and year 1. Your child will read one-one with their current teacher so it is a familiar face. Children will be asked to ‘sound out’ a word and blend the sounds together. The check is very similar to work the children already undertake during their phonics lessons. All year 1 pupils will take the phonics screening check during the Summer Term.
Websites to access at home (which provide more detail on synthetic phonics programmes, and activities to support you and your child at home);