We believe that children's learning should be exciting, engaging and should develop all of the skills which children will need at each step of their learning and throughout their lives.
Our School Curriculum
Like the vast majority of primary schools, Ingham Primary is organised into three different Key Stages.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is made up of Nursery and Reception (ages 3 to 4 and 4 to 5). At our school we don't have a Nursery and therefore the only year group in EYFS is Reception (part of Fir class).
Our EYFS Leader is Miss Shelbourne. Details on the EYFS curriculum can be found by clicking here. To find out what our children are learning about in Reception please download the Curriculum Map for Foundation Stage at the bottom of this page.
To find out more about key skills that are learned in the EYFS download the key skills document at the bottom of this page.
Key Stage 1 covers Years 1 and 2 after Foundation Stage. The children in these two classes (Fir and Birch classes) will be 5 to 6 and 6 to 7 years of age respectively and it is at the beginning of Year 1 that children begin work on the National Curriculum. The new National Curriculum came into place in September 2014.
Our Key Stage 1 Leader is Mrs Peacock. You can find out more about the structure of our KS1 curriculum by clicking here.
Key Stage 2 covers Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 and the children in these classes continue to study the National Curriculum. To ensure that there is the same focus on progress every two years, we have divided Key Stage 2 into Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2.
Lower Key Stage 2 is made up of Years 3 and 4 (7 to 8 year olds and 8 to 9 year olds) and is led by Mr Wall..
Upper Key Stage 2 is made up of Years 5 and 6 (9 to 10 year olds and 10 to 11 year olds) and is led by Mrs Howard.
To find out what the children are learning about in Key Stages 2 please download the Curriculum Map for Lower Key Stage 2 or Upper Key Stage 2 at the bottom of this page.
Download a free parents guide to the new National Curriculum below.
The Teaching of Phonics at Ingham Primary
At Ingham Primary School we teach early reading and writing through synthetic phonics. The scheme Read, Write Inc forms the basis of our teaching for phonics, reading and spelling. We begin with the pure sounds of the alphabet ('a' for apple rather than 'ay' for acorn), teaching children to break words into individual sounds (phonemes) and progressing on to teach children about the different digraphs (sounds that are made from two letters e.g. 'ai' as in rain and trigraphs (sounds made up of three letters e.g. 'tch' as in catch) over the course of the first three years of school. This work also fundamentally supports the teaching of spelling.
Our Approach to the Teaching of Reading
Reading is an absolutely vital key skill. It underpins everything else. Reading is the key to understanding your maths and science as well as everyday signs. It is crucial that school and home work together to develop the quality of reading in every child. Please don't think that because your child has reached the juniors that reading can stop. As children move into and through Key Stage 2 they continue to develop important higher order reading skills which underpin their comprehension of written texts. We want our children to enjoy reading for pleasure as well as it being an important function in order to access basic information.
We will always give your child a reading book which has a level of challenge. This means that when they get a home reading book some of the words will provide a challenge in terms of saying the words as well as understanding them. The idea is that with every book, the children learn how to say and understand an increasing range of words that they can then use in their writing.
As a school we use books from a variety of schemes including the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, Read, Write Inc and a wide selection of novels.
Reading in the Foundation Stage
In the foundation stage children are taught how to read individual keywords and how to sound out appropriate ones through phonics lessons every day. Children often have chance to read a big book together as a class where the teacher can model how to read, tackle new words and understand what it is about. As the children become more confident, fluent and build up a bank of words, they will begin to read in small groups through an approach called guided reading. The children read the book with the adult who supports their word recognition and understanding of the book. There is often a lot of discussion beforehand where new words might be introduced and taught and predictions made. Questions can be asked afterwards to help children understanding what they have read. predictions made. Questions can be asked afterwards to help children understanding what they have read. A range of books will be covered from fiction, poems and non-fiction. In the foundation stage, hearing individual readers is very important and this allow the child to share a book with an adult in a quiet and supportive way.
Guided Reading in Key Stage 1
In Key Stage One reading is taught through an approach called guided reading. The children are in groups and during the week they are heard reading and sharing a book together by an adult. The children read the book with the adult supporting their word recognition and understanding of the book. There is often a lot of discussion beforehand where new words might be introduced and taught and predictions made. Questions can be asked afterwards to help children understanding what they have read. A range of books will be covered from fiction, poems and non-fiction. Where possible and especially for those who require extra support with reading, children will be heard read individually. This allows them to share a book with an adult in a quiet and supportive way.
Book Study in Lower Key Stage 2
In LKS2 children reading is supported and taught through a number of different ways. Most children will be taught reading through our book study. This is led by the teacher and children will read a passage from a book, report or poem together supporting each other with the teacher listening and helping where needed. There will often be a follow task that will allow each child to answer questions, analyse and understand the passage they have just read. Particular groups of children may be heard through an approach called guided reading where they will read, study and analyse a chosen book or short passage with an adult. Children who may need extra help are often heard individually were their individual needs can be supported. As much as possible the passages and books read will linked to the particular topic being taught.
Novel Study in Upper Key Stage 2
In Upper Key Stage 2 reading is taught through a novel study. This is led by the teacher where a challenging book is read by the teacher with the children following. This allows the children to understand the text, pick out important points or delve into how it is written. It allows the teacher to unpick the important aspects which he/she feels are important for the children to be aware off. At different times children will be then set tasks which allow them to analyse the book by giving their views, answering questions and showing their understanding.
The staff model expression and intonation in their reading through sharing a whole class reading book.
Teaching children about fundamental British Values
The teaching of values is central to an education at Ingham Primary as we believe that children should grow up with a sound understanding and appreciation of values which help them to take their place as good and responsible members of society. The school has its own set of values which you can read more about here.
We also focus our teaching around the five fundamental British values which are: Democracy, The rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
We believe that these values are critical to the development of any child and making sure that our future society has sound values for life.
- Download Curriculum Map for Foundation Stage ()
- Download Early Years Key Skills Overview Grid ()
- A summary of the key skills which are developed through the Foundation Stage.
- Download Curriculum Map for Key Stage 1 ()
- Download Curriculum Map for Year 3/4 ()
- Download Curriculum Map for Y5/6 ()
- Download A Parent's Guide to the New National Curriculum ()