Children move into Key Stage Two in the September following their seventh birthday. There is a planned transition programme which ensures that children are familiar with the routines and expectations in the Key Stage when they move up. Teaching follows the National Curriculum and a modern foreign language is introduced.
Key Stage Two classrooms are more formally organized but there is much opportunity for group work and interactive learning. Curriculum enrichment includes sporting and musical activities, chess, craft and residential visits in Year Four and Year Six.
Phonics and Spelling
Here are Saxilby we use the Read, Write Inc Phonics and Spelling Program to teach children phonics and spelling. Read Write Inc. is used by over a quarter of the UK’s primary schools. It is a comprehensive literacy programme, weaving decoding, comprehension, writing and spelling together seamlessly. Ruth Miskin developed the programme during her time as a headteacher. All schools need to adopt a consistent whole-school approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling. Fidelity to the teaching programme, rigorous assessment, tracking and one-to-one tutoring ensure that schools guarantee progress for every child.
Read Write Inc. Spelling is a spelling programme based on proven strategies of teacher modelling followed by partner work, to embed learning. The programme covers all the word structures and spelling requirements for Years 2–6. It is built around a series of short, progressive activities and uses partner work to help children learn effectively and recall what they have learnt.
Click here to find out more about what your child will be experiencing: Read Write Inc Spelling Information for Parents
For information and tutorials on how to support your child learning to read go to: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/
The New National Curriculum
In September 2014, a new National Curriculum became statutory at Saxilby and in schools throughout the country. As in all schools, we have been able to decide what is taught in which year in some subjects, although all aspects of the curriculum should be covered by the time the children leave us in Year Six. However the requirements of what is to be taught in Reading, Writing and Maths in each year are non-negotiable. The attached leaflets give the overview of what is to be covered, and show the progression from year to year, as well as the high expectations of the new curriculum.