At Ashby Hill Top Primary School, we have designed a curriculum that equips our children with the skills and personal qualities necessary to lead a fulfilling and rewarding life. We will provide a curriculum which aims for all children to:
The following links will take you to some important documents that will help you to support your children with their learning. Please take particular note of the expectations for each individual year group.
Questions to ask your child about their reading book
An introduction to grammar, punctuation and spelling
GAPS handout page 1 + GAPS handout page 2
Reading, writing & maths Expectations Year 1
Reading, writing & maths Expectations Year 2
Reading, writing & maths Expectations Year 3
Reading, writing & maths Expectations Year 4
Reading, writing & maths Expectations Year 5
Reading, writing & maths Expectations Year 6
Multiplication Years 1-3
Subtraction Years 1-3
Addition Years 1-3
Division Years 1-3
Multiplication Years 4-6
Subtraction Years 4-6
Addition Years 4-6
Division Years 4-6
The following links will show you what we have been learning during National E-Safety Week.
KS2 SMART Poster
KS2 Internet Safety Poster
KS2 Internet Safety Poster
KS1 Internet Safety Poster
Early Years Poster
Phonics and Reading at Ashby Hill Top Primary School
Children in Foundation and Key Stage 1 follow the synthetic phonics approach, using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. It is an approach to teaching phonics in which individual letters or letter sounds are blended to form groups of letters or sounds, and those groups are then blended to form complete words.
We use the Oxford Reading Tree. This provides a variety of fiction and non–fiction books to develop children’s reading range. Children learn to read at different rates. Once they finish the reading scheme, we encourage them to become ‘free readers’ and choose their own books.
Our daily phonics sessions are fun, involving lots of speaking, listening and games. The emphasis is on children’s active participation. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities and in their independent play. This is sometimes supplemented by other reading schemes, and we also encourage children to read non-fiction texts from the school’s library.
Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. There are no big leaps in learning. Children have time to practice and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell ‘tricky words’ –words with spellings that are unusual or that children have not yet been taught. These include the words ‘to’, ‘was’, ‘said’ and ‘the’ – you can’t really break the sounds down for such words so it’s better to just ‘recognise’ them.
We teach a wide range of nursery rhymes and songs and read good books to and with the children. This helps to increase the number of words they know– their vocabulary – and helps them talk confidently about books. The children learn to identify rhyme and alliteration.
Ways you can support your children at home: