Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

A Voluntary Academy

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How to Pronounce Phonemes (Letter Sounds)

Please click on the link to play a video demonstrating how to pronounce the phonemes (letter sounds).

Governors, staff and pupils aim to exceed expectations of attainment and progress in English by enabling children to be confident and articulate in how they communicate in written and spoken word.
"The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and develop a love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment."

The curriculum puts a great emphasis on reading for pleasure, grammar and the development of good handwriting and spelling which is what we are adopting throughout the school.
Main points of our teaching: 
  • A strong emphasis on reading for pleasure (and also on using systemic phonics to teach children to read fluently)
  • A focus on spelling including spelling lists for each key stage
  • A focus on grammar including correct use of the apostrophe
  • An expectation that pupils master formal English through reciting poetry, debating and presenting work
  • Learning poetry by heart
The distinct elements of literacy teaching are introduced throughout the Reception year and maintained daily from Y1 to Y6. These elements are related to:
  • sharing text as a whole class,
  • word and sentence level work and activities planned for individuals, pairs or groups as appropriate.
  • a creative approach to literacy and link it to other work in the curriculum, topics of interest, music, film and ICT.

Governors and staff aim for pupils to exceed expectations of attainment and progress in Mathematics by providing a broad base of knowledge and conceptual understanding that they can explain and apply to a variety of real and abstract problems.

Through ‘growth mindset’ children are encouraged to see new challenges in maths as opportunities to develop their existing knowledge and understanding and pupils proudly acknowledge their own achievements.
The overarching aim for Maths in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of numeracy, as research proves that numerate pupils make excellent progress in all areas of maths. To this end the mathematics curriculum at Sacred Heart is heavily number weighted particularly in key stage one and lower key stage two.
Mathematics is taught from Foundation Stage to the end of Year Six through practical work, pictorial representations and abstract pencil and paper work, with the aim of children becoming less reliant on practical and pictorial representations as their understanding grows and deepens.
At Sacred Heart we aim for all children to:
  • Love and value maths
  • Have a firm knowledge of number facts, including bonds and times tables.
  • Be able to use number facts to calculate efficiently.
  • Have a secure understanding of ‘place value’ in number and measure
  • Talk about their work and give reasons why
  • Solve real and abstract problems
  • Leave primary school as competent mathematicians in all of the interconnected areas of mathematics (Number, Measure, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Ratio and Proportion)

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