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Leamington Primary and Nursery Academy

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Autumn 1: What makes Leamington?

Our Enquiry

The below enquiry overview shows the week by week learning for your child's class in English, enquiry and maths. You can use the overview to see what your child is learning in school each week.

Our weekly enquiry questions are:

1. What makes you happy?

2. Where do I live?

3. Where do I belong?

4. Where is Leamington?

5. Who lives in Leamington?

6. What do I love about Leamington?

English

A high-quality text drives each of our enquiries and the texts are used to give knowledge and purpose to the enquiry. High quality texts can only be accessed through knowledge of vocabulary in different tiers. Explicit teaching of new vocabulary and using the classroom environment to showcase key vocabulary helps us to infuse rich and sophisticated vocabulary from EYFS to Year 6. The texts are used as a stimulus for both English and cross curricular writing, ensuring high expectations of our children. Reading is interweaved into all aspects of the enquiry to encourage reading and language development and promote reading for pleasure.

Autumn 1 Key English Text

​​​​​Our chosen text this half term is ‘Rain Before Rainbows’ written by Smriti Halls and illustrated by David Litchfield. We have chosen this book as it was written in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the children affected by it. The rainbow has become a symbol of hope and optimism during this time and the story aims to be a source of comfort and light to children and their families. Rain Before Rainbows will be the driver for our PSHCE lessons.

Phonics

At Leamington Primary School we follow the Letters and Sounds programme for phonics in EYFS and KS1. We understand the impact of teaching good phonics enables children to become fluent readers in KS1, so they are able to continue to access learning in KS2. Please see the document below for the progression of the phonics phases in EYFS and KS1.

 

All phonics lessons throughout the school follow the same structure of 'revisit/review, teach, practice and apply'. Children are encouraged to use the correct vocabulary, please see the glossary below for the words that are used when teaching phonics.

In Foundation 1, children access Phase 1 phonics teaching through daily short guided groups and the continuous provision. During the short guided sessions the children access discrete phonics teaching. In the continuous provision the children can access musical instruments to help identify sounds. When appropriate, the initial phonemes from Phase 2 are introduced in Pre-Phase 2 sessions. The links below provide appropriate resources for Phase 1 phonics.

Maths

In maths we aim to build a deep understanding of maths concepts whilst supporting children's learning. Daily sessions are taught discreetly in small groups and they are designed to spark excitement. We follow a mastery approach which enables us to nurture confidence in maths. 

 

This term we are covering the following:

  • Taking part in number rhymes 

  • Comparing amounts using language such as ‘lots’ ‘more’ or ‘same’ 

  • Noticing patterns and change 

  • Completing different shaped puzzles 

  • Counting in everyday contexts - sometimes children may skip numbers (such as 1 2 3 5) then beginning to count and recite numbers 

  • Recognition of groups of objects up to 3

 

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