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 updates about what's happening in each of our classes here. Please click on the menu links to individual classes to the right of this page.
Our Curriculum Pledge
In common with all maintained schools, St. George's is required to follow the National Curriculum. However, the curriculum intent developed at St. George's is also underpinned and shaped by our Christian vision, which provides the basis for our curriculum pledge.
Click here to view our Curriculum Pledge.
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).
Each academic year, class teachers develop and deliver a topic based approach, wherever possible. Some subjects are taught as blocked units in order to enhance and consolidate learning. This means children may not necessarily study every subject outlined in the half term curriculum maps each week, and instead experience a sequence of lessons over a number of weeks instead.
2019-2020 Curriculum Maps:
Phonics Teaching at St George's in Reception and Key Stage 1
Throughout 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 phonetic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching pure phonics to 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.
To further support children's reading development, we also exclusively use the reading scheme produced by Phonic Books - Dandelion Launchers and Dandelion Readers - to reinforce the Letters and Sounds phonics programme until children in Early Years and KS1 have successfully learnt the phonics phases.
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
St George's teaching staff have access to Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language for Years 2 to 6, which is a pre-planned scheme available for teachers to use alongside their own creative ideas in order to develop children’s comprehension skills, writing and spoken language.
Aims of literacy lessons:
- Build children's comprehension and writing skills.
- Enable children to access the wider curriculum.
- Teach grammar in context, linked to text types wherever possible.
- Engage children, developing their vocabulary using drama and discussion.
- Enrich children's experiences and interaction with a wide range of texts, including classic, modern texts and stories/poems from other cultures.
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.
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.