At Spixworth Infant School, we are very proud of our child-centred curriculum.
We firmly believe that every child has the right to become a confident and capable reader, writer and mathematician. We also feel strongly that children’s creativity, inquisitiveness and personal and social skills should be nurtured and grown.
Our curriculum is planned to develop the whole child by offering a broad, balanced and enriched curriculum. The children have opportunities to explore new experiences and build on strengths. Every individual child can shine and at Spixworth Infants we love celebrating the strengths of every child, whatever they may be.
Phonics and Reading
Our Approach to Teaching Phonics
At Spixworth Infant School we use the Letters and Sounds programme for teaching phonics. All children have a daily interactive phonics session where they are taught each of the 40+ phonemes (sounds) and how these are recorded (graphemes) in words for reading and writing.
To make phonics learning as memorable as possible, we compliment the Letters and Sounds programme with songs and actions from Jolly Phonics and incorporate learning in the outdoors, particularly in the EYFS.
At the end of Year 1 the children undergo a phonics screening check. We have excellent outcomes in phonics. Please see our Outcomes section under Key Information to view our most recent results.
Our Approach to Teaching Reading
At Spixworth Infant School, we aim to provide all our pupils with a reading rich curriculum immersed in a reading rich environment.
We do not follow one reading scheme. Instead we provide opportunities for children to explore and choose from a range of colour banded (levelled) books and an extensive range of ‘real’ books and other literature.
Children take part in a range of reading activities over the course of a week to develop their enthusiasm and love of reading and language. Such activities include: individual, paired, guided group and whole class shared reading. Reading at home is encouraged in all its forms including reading books, magazines, and electronic materials. The school also provides every child with an account for online reading using Reading Eggs. Please see our English policy for more information on how children are supported to learn to read.