Learning at St. George's
Below and on linked pages, you can find out more about what and how we teach at St George's, and we will also post regular updates on what's happening in each of our classes here - please click on the menu links to individual classes to the right of this page.
In common with all maintained schools, St. George's is required to follow the National Curriculum.
Following on from pre-school, children enter Reception at St George's and complete the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum - please click here to find out more about the EYFS
The following link can be used to provide a detailed breakdown of the National Curriculum through Primary School (Key Stages 1 and 2).
Phonics Teaching at St George's in Reception and Key Stage 1
Through Reception and Year 1, St George's uses the Letters and Sounds Phonics Programme originally developed by the DfE in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right, as well as preparing children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children, starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
The Letters and Sounds website provides more information about this programme, together with additional resources which might be of interest to support your child at home. Please also look at our 'Useful Resources' tab to find downloadable phonics resources and other useful literacy support sheets.
Recommended Reading Lists: '100 Best Books' for children of all primary ages
Click here for the Book Trust weblink, which features recommended best books for 0-5 year olds, 6-8 year olds and 9-11 year olds. Here is also a link to Book Trust's latest 'Great Book Guide'. Happy reading!
Once children have mastered phonics and Year 1 spellings, they are placed in spelling sets and progress through the Read Write Inc spelling scheme at a level and pace to suit their spelling ability. This spelling scheme is suitable for children working within the Year 2 to Year 6 curriculum.
Children also need to learn the statutory word bank words appropriate to their age-range and key stage. Please click here to link to the National Curriculum Spelling Appendix, including Word Lists for Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6.
As a school, we have sub-divided the Key Stage 2 word bank lists into specific year groups:
Other useful spelling resources to support home-learning can be found by clicking below:
- High Frequency Words (EYFS/Key Stage 1)
- Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check and Correct sheet (KS1 and KS2)
Literacy and Language Schemes at St George's
In common with more than a quarter of UK primary schools, St George's uses Read Write Inc to provide a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy.
The Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language for Years 2 to 6 develops children’s comprehension skills, writing and spoken language, through
- Using a unique layered approach to build children's comprehension and writing.
- Teaching grammar in context, with a comprehensive grammar bank to build knowledge.
- Engaging children and developing their vocabulary using drama and discussion.
At St George's, children also have access to a wide range of reading books in levelled stages, which have been grouped according to reading age to enable pupils to progress at their own pace through the levels until they become 'free readers'. Books in each reading level include fiction and non-fiction texts. Each reading level is made up from different books incorporating a wide range of publishers, such as Oxford Reading Tree amongst several others, to ensure a wide variety of texts and genres are available.
We are also lucky to have a volunteer librarian, Mrs Matthews, who visits school once a week so children can borrow books from our own library selection, too. Children in Year 6 are encouraged and invited to train to become 'junior librarians'.
We work hard to ensure that we not only achieve complete coverage of the National Curriculum, but we extend and enrich the learning of the children through a wide variety of educational experiences and teaching strategies. We are fortunate to live and work in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, and so we take every opportunity to ensure the children learn as much outside of the classroom as they do inside.