We are very proud of our curriculum. It fosters a love of learning, enthusiasm and great skills. This is our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Charter, which underpins everything we do.
We develop a love of reading among our children with a wide and exciting range of genres. The children read individually to class teachers and learning support assistants, and have daily group reading sessions. We love to write – stories, poems, lists, recipes, biographies and more. We provide wonderful opportunities to inspire the children’s creative writing. We are also very proud of our handwriting and the children work hard to keep it neat and of a high standard.
At St Michael’s we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with phonics and reading. It involves children learning to read sounds and how to blend them together to read words. RWI is a successful reading programme that enables every child to become a confident and fluent reader at the first attempt. It aims to teach all children to read at a pace that they are comfortable with. The speed sounds are divided into small groups. Once your child has learnt all of the sounds in one group, they can move on to sound blending the letters in that group to read words.
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Please see below for information about individual subjects.
For the Topic Web and Curriculum Overview for each class please see the Class pages.
Children enjoy learning mathematics at St Michael's. We build strong foundations in mathematical understanding from the outset. Children learn with physical manipulatives initially, then with pictorial examples and lastly with abstract numbers, so that they have a firm mental point of reference on which to develop their maths. We ensure that all children have a 'can do' attitude to always try their best to tackle a new maths challenge. We promote a safe environment in which making mistakes is part of the process by which we develop resilience and grow in our abilities. We encourage all children to develop their fluency in maths understanding, their natural curiosity in solving problems and their ability to explain their answers using reasoning. We also subscribe to an online maths platform called 'Mathletics' so that children can log on to practise their maths skills at home.