Please find our curriculum content for each subject in the following documents:
What most children should achieve by the end of each year in Mathematics & English:
Mathematics Learning Goals & Year Group Expectations
English Learning Goals & Year group expectations in Writing, Reading & Spoken Language
Approach to the Curriculum
Please find our approach to the curriculum here:
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Phonics and Reading
At Marus Bridge we have a banding system that is split into sublevels. After assessments in phonics and reading it is clear which band the children should be on. In the Foundation Stage children start on picture books to develop their book skills (such as turning the page, talking about the pictures). The book scheme moves through layered progression, gradually challenging the children at their level. We use a broad range of publishers to give the children experience with a wide range of text types.
After children have moved through the banding system, they continue to enjoy a wide range of literature through ‘free reading’ which allows them to take an active role in choosing their own books, following their own interests and promoting ‘reading for pleasure.’
We also have a wide range of newly bought guided reading books at each phase. Children work on a book set a sublevel higher than the level they’re working at.
Phonics is a rigorous and effective process at Marus Bridge that tailors learning to the children’s needs. Right from the beginning of their learning journey in the foundation stage, children start a programme called ‘Letters and Sounds.’ In Phase One, they build up a general knowledge of sounds and discriminate between different sounds to playing with rhythm and rhyme. They then master the art of oral blending (putting sounds together in a word) and segmenting (splitting words up into sounds).
In Phase Two, they learn how to recognise letters and say the sounds that go with those letters. They blend sounds to make words and learn common high frequency words (often used words like ‘and’, ‘the’ and ‘to’). The children also write words and practise reading and spelling.
At Phase Three children grasp confidence with letter names and become experts in segmenting to spell and blending sounds to read. Children work on writing letters, words and sentences at this stage. They will learn more words and will work on more challenging sounds (‘ee’, ‘sh’,‘oa’)
Phase Four builds on this very important learning development and continues to strengthen the children’s ability to read, write and spell. At Phase Five children learn alternative spellings. It is expected that children will move up to KS2 working securely or beyond Phase Five. They then move onto a spelling programme called ‘Support for Spelling’. This scheme has layered levels of sound work that builds on children ability to play with words and develop confidence with spelling patterns and ‘tricky’ words.
Phonics teaching at Marus Bridge is continuous and consistent. Children are split into tailored groups to match their needs. This ‘Support for Spelling’ programme fits nicely and leads into the work on SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) which prepares the children for the end of Key Stage Two in Year Six.